E3 2014: More Attendees, Fewer Exhibitors

More people came to see games at E3, but less exhibitors were presenting them officially on the show floor.

48,900 video game industry professionals and journalists from more than 100 countries attended E3 2014, according to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which puts on the annual gaming trade show.

That’s slightly up from the 48,000 attendees the ESA reported after last year’s show, but it’s not all good news for the biggest gaming event of the year. E3 2013 hosted 230 exhibitors at the Los Angeles Convention Center, whereas this year’s E3 hosted only 200 exhibitors. The ESA said that both years generated nearly $40 million in revenue for the city of Los Angeles.

The ESA also said that E3 2014 surpassed its previous social media numbers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, with over two million related posts on all those channels combined.

"The video game industry's explosive growth and technological innovation were front and center at E3 2014," president and CEO of the ESA Michael D. Gallagher said. "Video games are the most innovative and engaging force driving our culture and entertainment experiences the world over.”

E3 2015 will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center June 16-18, but In an interview with CNBC, Gallagher indicated E3 may leave the Los Angeles Convention Center in the future. "E3 is a world class show that deserves a world class venue. The Los Angeles Convention Center is no longer a top-tier property," he said.

Need to catch up on E3 2014? You can watch replays of the Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Sony, Ubisoft, and Nintendo press conferences right now.

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28 comments
Pheonix985
Pheonix985

What ticks me off is when you see an amazing announcement at E3 2013 (The Division) and then see the same announcement but in a different setting in E3 2014 (The Division) only to be told it's coming out in 2015?  


If it honestly takes 2 E3 shows to eventually bring your game out, maybe you should work a little harder on time management Ubisoft.  You're still my favorite developer though.  

Banyek
Banyek

I expected more.... much more 

kingcrimson24
kingcrimson24

soon , a day will come that gamers will call people who don't play games "losers with no life " 

Truth_Hurts_U
Truth_Hurts_U

"48,900 video game industry professionals and journalists"

I don't consider anyone professional if they are wearing street cloths, with no camera gear or any thing to take notes.

Picture is pretty clear how few actually are there to bring us news.

ninja_nuts
ninja_nuts

I must be getting old cause I thought this year's e3 was kinda lame.. Sony, Xbox and Nin did just 'ok' to me but nothing tickled my pickle this year worth shatting over..

SloganYams
SloganYams

@Pheonix985 That's the problem with all the hype in today's gaming world. People want to make a cool, cinematic trailer to reveal a game, but do so long before any considerable amount of development has been done. So you end up with a cool trailer, and a years-long wait for anything else.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

@kingcrimson24 yeah like the day skinny people stop calling fat people fat? People love to be mean to each other its clearly hard pressed into fragile nerd minds.

Truth_Hurts_U
Truth_Hurts_U

When everyone is a gamer... Social skills will break down and humanity will go in decline. All the better for mother nature.

dashboardman
dashboardman

@Truth_Hurts_U


So if YOU don't consider them to be professionals that means that they are douchebags right? Afterall your opinion is above all right? 


Do us all a favor and drop dead...

SloganYams
SloganYams

@Truth_Hurts_U Not everyone is there to bring you news. Some people are bloggers, internet personalities, and other such people in the industry. That's why they have different passes for press and exhibitors.

xcollector
xcollector

@ninja_nuts E3 sucked after they downsized it. It has never been the same since and probably will never be again.

lrdfancypants
lrdfancypants

Wait! What? You get your pickle tickled during E3?

I like games but none have excited me enough to tickle my pickle.

SloganYams
SloganYams

@ninja_nuts I thought Nintendo and Microsoft had a good showing. Sony felt a little empty though. Good announcements, sure, but nothing that was actually there.

Truth_Hurts_U
Truth_Hurts_U

@ninja_nuts  Yes, this years E3 was very bad... It was like the E3 where they went to a aircraft hangar.

kindlewithcare
kindlewithcare

@ninja_nuts You are not the only one that feels this way. I think each system had one game that looked good to me and that is about it.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

@Truth_Hurts_U define social skills and at what point they are broken down. Social skill is an ever changing undefinable thing. Its even under control of the individual person

deathwish026
deathwish026

@Truth_Hurts_U thats already at its biggest point now with facebook and twitter destroying human minds on a daily basis.

xcollector
xcollector

@Truth_Hurts_U You don't need games to break down social skills. Look at all the cell phone users constantly checking for updates every second too busy to look at anything around them.

Truth_Hurts_U
Truth_Hurts_U

@dashboardman  Sorry but, people like you should be banned from the internet.

drswank
drswank

@SloganYams @Truth_Hurts_U The first year I attended, I got in with nothing more than my HP badge and a $300 check for a "no questions asked" pass. They exist if you're willing to pay.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

@SloganYams @Truth_Hurts_U  It'd be great if they had separate events during the same week. The first half could be devoted to the press and the second half plus weekend could be open to the public. That's how the Tokyo Game Show is setup.

Truth_Hurts_U
Truth_Hurts_U

I remembered when G4 went around E3 checking peoples passes and got a few people kicked out. Adam Sessler said before that a lot of people at E3 shouldn't be there.