E3 2012 draws 45,700, brings in $40 million

E3 2012: Entertainment Software Association parses statistics for this year's geek gathering, says dates and host city for E3 2013 to be announced in coming weeks.

LOS ANGELES--Over 45,700 people attended the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo, according to the Entertainment Software Association, the body that organizes the event. The show boosted the local economy, too, generating close to $40 million for host city Los Angeles, California.

E3 2012 is in the books.

Dates and the host city for E3 2013 will be announced in the coming weeks, the ESA said. If a recent report proves accurate, the show may leave Los Angeles next year. The Los Angeles Times reported this week that the ESA is considering moving the show to a new city if proposed construction at the LACC is not resolved. The LACC has hosted all but two E3s in the show's 18-year history.

Highlights from E3 2012 include Ubisoft unveiling a new open-world action game called Watch Dogs, Dead Space 3 coming out of the shadows, and Square Enix showing off what a next-generation Final Fantasy game could look like. For more on E3 2012, check out GameSpot's complete coverage.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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43 comments
Hurvl
Hurvl

"The LACC has hosted all but two E3s in the show's 18-year history" It's always fun when a convention is older than some of it's target audience or the ones likely to be interested in it.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

I hope some of that money went to game developers. Especially to the ones who have been laid off. Give them hope and some peace of mind.

tehtimeisnow
tehtimeisnow

e3 suck cuz appel didnt not get there own perss conference cuz if they did the they wuold have blowed it out the water cuz nitedno sucks and ipohne has pretty much taked over any nitedno systam

fanaticsm
fanaticsm

host it in new york!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Madison Square Garden.....

daabulls23
daabulls23

I hope E3 comes to the east coast!

theKSMM
theKSMM

First, I think the ESA should move E3 to a different city. Frankly, I think they should rotate it between lots of different cities, but since they're not going to do that, they should at least consider moving to somewhere that might actually make it reasonable for gamers in different regions to attend. Forget the crybabies in the industry who act like traveling off the west coast scares them..

 

Secondly, everybody that is complaining about how "meh" the conference was needs to consider that we've done this to ourselves. We scour our favorite sites looking for rumors and insider scoops about products that haven't been announced yet, but then we whine and moan when the big convention comes and there's nothing left to surprise us. It's our own fault.

 

Frankly I think we're all so jaded that anything less than two new console announcements would be a disappointment to gamers these days. And even then we probably would have all the details before the first company executive took the stage...

Malckeor
Malckeor

It's true, E3 wasn't the best this year. But that doesn't mean quality products weren't shown. Ubisoft's press conference was awesome; the best of the convention. But the best game of E3 in my opinion? Planetside 2 by far. TotalBiscuit's streams of the game made the convention more than awesome for me.

Jaxifer34
Jaxifer34

Glad to see that I was not the only person who felt that this year's E3 was kinda bland compared to previous ones. All announcements about games I was interested in were pretty much a rehash of what I've been reading up to date. Too bad because I always look forward to it every year.  The one thing that looked cool was the Wii U and the demo of Zombiu. Hopefully they stop trying to appeal to casual gamers and get developers interested in more serious titles. 

If there had been any teasers about the new Xbox or PS it would have peaked my interest. That and I was hoping for some announcement that Alan Wake 2 was also coming to the 360. If it is only on the 720 then my next hope would be for a PC release.

 

 

 

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

This years e3 was a meh thing for me being a ps3 and wii user. Nothing new or exciting unv ieled by Sony other than games which I already knew months before e3. Only good thing was the wiiU which was like the only spark in a dull convention that just flew by for an avid gamer like me. What a whimper compared to last year

digi-demon
digi-demon

'Geek Gathering' - not sure if this is really the correct terminology for E3 .

If comment was aimed at a comic/trekkie con then maybe - lol

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

esa should organize an open to the public type e3...

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Should hold it at the O2 Arena in UK, might as well get some use out of the place : )

mithund
mithund

Which other city can host an event as big as E3? I mean, the number of halls you need for press conferences. Las Vegas?

burnettaj
burnettaj

There was a lot of recyled content and legacy games being brought back (MechWarrior & CounterStrike) The legacy games and so forth are not a bad thing but only $45 million? You would doulbe that income if you would let the public attend.

Darkflare_EX
Darkflare_EX

This year's E3 was pretty low on impact. I pretty much skipped it due to how lackluster it was.

Hopefully next year will have the big impact E3 used to have among gamers.

nap_time
nap_time

There's no surprises anymore.

If some of the bigger games like Resident Evil 6, AC3 and Dead Space 3 weren't announced earlier, it would have been much more exciting. 

 

But lately, we've known about pretty much every game coming into E3, so it's not as big of a deal anymore.

 

yuunnnnna
yuunnnnna

So people interested in games and technologies are geeks? 

 

Nice archaic stereotype douchebag. 

sieg6529
sieg6529

Kinda ho-hum to me.  It's an industry event, not a consumer event.

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

its pretty weird that i live like 10 mins away from the la convention center yet i never attended an e3 event and others around the country or world would attend i might have to attend one in the following years.

decoy1978
decoy1978

E3 will stay West Coast. The only other convention center that MAY hold this many attendees would be Anaheim, I doubt that though. Other possibilities would be San Diego or Nor Cal, heck even Vegas would be a temporary solution.

 

If or when LA does get a football team, E3 will have to relocate for 3-5 years. As it stands there is no commitment from ANY NFL team to come back to LA...

midnightclubx
midnightclubx

Another upside of bringing Farmers Field here in LA: Even though E3 will have to be somewhere else for a year or 2, it will come back to LA with a vastly improved convention center and even use the stadium as additional space. : )

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

I prefer beef-on-the-plate instead of hype-fests... but whatever...

EPaul
EPaul

This year was the most boring i've  witnessed hopefully next year will be better

Jd1680a
Jd1680a

The Stanley Cup was held right across the street of E3, how much did that bring into LA as well?

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

I haven't found E3 exciting in a number of years.  This entire generation E3 has been pretty ho-hum but fanboys will always find a reason to be excited about their chosen platform so that it will somehow validate their enjoyment of games. 

Agreb91
Agreb91

A pretty good E3, I bet next year's will be much much more exciting. 

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @nemes1s3000You read my mind. I was gonna say maybe they should give some of it to us because we are the reason for the devs' success, but then I realized some or most of it should go to the devs so they can keep afloat and make more awesome and/or better games.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

@tehtimeisnow Wow dude you should go back to kindergarten with those grammar skills

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

 @theKSMM 

I agree with most of what you are saying, be we all aren't that jaded. The truth is that there just wasn't as much to show this year that companies hadn't already teased months ago, and the conferences from the big 3 were stereotypical of their respective companies. I think the real problem is that they were actually honest for once, and we got caught off guard. MS and Sony said no new console news, and they meant it this time. Nintendo told us months ago not to expect dates and prices, and kept their word. Other companies said that there would be no news about upcoming sequels in popular franchises, and the only time they were mentioned is when someone cried about what wasn't at the show.

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

Maybe I'm thinking of the old E3 but I thought you needed a press pass to get into E3 in the first place... So moving it out of California would just be silly. The reason it's there in the first place is because the devs came to the journalists.

BionicBrando
BionicBrando

 @Jaxifer34

 Um' they'er already working on alan wake sequels as downloadable chapters. this has been known for quite some time.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

@Darkflare_EX Next year will be great because the ps4 and Xbox 3 or 720 will be revealed. It's garunteed because of all the next gen rumors

keymaster7
keymaster7

 @nap_time I agree, there is no more secretive release anymore from what I can see...

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

@Omega_Zero69 It's cuz you need to be like a video game journalist or game developer. Other than that they give out out very very limited passes to common people which you can either get by winning contest or buy for around $500-800 which is dumb. Might as well go to disneyland and stay there for 3 days

Jaxifer34
Jaxifer34

 @BionicBrando I know that but that is DLC, not a new game.  What I mean is Alan Wake 2 sequel proper. So far all that Remedy has mentioned is that it will be on the next Xbox console but no news on the 360.