GamePro Expo name to stay?

[UPDATE] Deadline to reveal new name of consumer-oriented trade show from IDG comes and goes with magazine-centric moniker unmodified.

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Last month, the confusion surrounding the new E3 (owned by the Electronic Software Association, or ESA) and the then-named GamePro Expo (owned by International Data Group, or IDG) built to epic proportions.

The old E3, reincarnated as the more petite E3 Media and Business Summit, would be managed by the old E3 team, now employed by IDG. While at almost the same time during the year, that very same group--led by former ESA vice president Mary Dolaher--would produce its own game event, endorsed by the ESA.

One element that added to the confusion was IDG's naming of its new consumer event. The show was to be called GamePro Expo, although the event had no ties to the IDG-published magazine of the same name (GamePro).

To put the confusion to rest, IDG launched a competition to rename the show--offering a prize to the individual who suggested the best new name. The winner was to have been announced November 21, but as the work week closed out, no winner had been picked, nor had e-mails to IDG been returned.

[UPDATE] Over the weekend, IDG alerted GameSpot that it had received over 3,000 entries in the contest to rename the show and that a trademark search was in progress to be sure there would be no conflicts with the chosen name--which it intends to announce shortly. "I hope to have the news ready to break this week," IDG's Mary Dolaher said by e-mail.

Discussion

52 comments
Smoke_Dawg_187
Smoke_Dawg_187

Game Pro sucks! They're so biased. They love Sony too much.

mjwickstrom1
mjwickstrom1

Cool. It's not as catchy as "E3", but it's still ok, I guess. :roll:

NasHHHbk
NasHHHbk

gg so many ignorant comments :roll: I hope "GamePro Expo"(or w/e name it'll be), will be a success, seeing as I've never gotten to experience E3 in all my years living in southern california :? Its not E3, but if it offers just about the same things as E3, then im all for it 8)

Gamepro2421
Gamepro2421

awe, i kinda liked "Gamepro Expo"...rhymed and everything

_Sam_
_Sam_

loved e3 the way it was before

wonkisjones
wonkisjones

they should remain with E3... and keep things as they are

Sandro909
Sandro909

I like GamePro Expo anyways.

Gamepro2421
Gamepro2421

gamepro expo is catchy tho...i wouldn't mind it

madcapper248
madcapper248

Does the very last line mean that noone entered the contest?

Momentium
Momentium

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MadGamer132
MadGamer132

i don't care what the name is, it's going to good!!!!!

the_nl2
the_nl2

I hope there will be a great new show that will bring great news and lots of cool games :D

piecake
piecake

as long as theres one!

Invidia_Seputus
Invidia_Seputus

Yay for all the people who didn't read the article before posting! Not Affiliated with GamePro the magazine. Although I guess that comes too late for most of you.

tyler2010
tyler2010

How about "VGS" Video Game Show!

Striker426
Striker426

just have the E3 Media and Business Summit (@ Barker Hanger in July) for the smaller convention...and just plain old "E3" as the name for the larger one in October. I also like E3.1 as cjcr_alexandru suggested. People are still confused. Most of you guys don't realize that the one in October will be just as big and spectacular as the E3 we all know and love. It's being run by the same people! I really don't understand why all these "changes" are happening because in effect when its all said and done, the big E3 is just being moved from May to October and there's going to be an additional smaller event in July.

Muppet_Hunter
Muppet_Hunter

I prefer the S.W.A.T.pro Expo. Then I could get some sweet protips on megaman X for my snes and also learn all of donatello's moves in that ninja turtle fighting game.

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

Game Pro Suxo, I would rather have e3 back then some self loathing mags rag show

PSP360Gamr83
PSP360Gamr83

Whats the point id rather have the old E3 back the GamePro expo is supposed to have a more business environment, thats not going to appeal to alot of gamers. But hey I guess its all about the money and when you have all these businesspeople involved theres more money to go around

AtomicEdge
AtomicEdge

Call it... The... Electronic Entertainment Expo!

lyndonAPI
lyndonAPI

Meh- nothing new for something like this to have a bit of a delay on the announcement.

Cloud737
Cloud737

Lol, and now they could just pick the best name out of there and not give any prises. But still, I like the name Gamepro Expo. I hope it will stay, or at least be replaced with a cooler one.

MasterAsh42
MasterAsh42

I still don't understand why the same group would sponsor two different shows. Two steps forward and one step back for the industry, I say. And on an even more entirely more subjective note, the title of "GamePro Expo" brings horrendous thoughts to mind. . .

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

seems no one can think of a better name, so let it be try not to **** and just accept it, hopefully the gathering will be the same size as the old e3

ocdog45
ocdog45

Man i would love to go to the first gamepro expo.

ShadowBass989
ShadowBass989

who cares what its called, as long as its here in the states and it has videogames/consoles whatever.

RAPJR
RAPJR

*cough* "Winner will be notified by mail and/or email on or about 11/30/06." From the official rules page for the contest. So, the contest ended, but they probably just haven't picked a winner yet. I'd suggest checking back at the end of the month or shortly into December. Oopsies, GameSpot!

rulo_rezn0r
rulo_rezn0r

i used to read this magazine like 10 years ago it was good back then...but i dont know now hope they finally change the name for this expo but in the end, the important thing is the content of the show!!! :)

Doolum
Doolum

GamePro!!!??? these guys are not more inspired than i am.

Amidamaru_01
Amidamaru_01

Dude they can't be serious about leaving it as GamePro.

CrapfullyCrap
CrapfullyCrap

I got a name but it's a little clunky: How 'bout you pew-seas stop effen around with our tried and true expo-show. Again, it could use a little work, but I think that one works.

kornbeaner415
kornbeaner415

Get over the F'n name. Gamepro, take it as a magazine or as a gamer who is a pro (gamepro). The only thing that matter is that we have an expo the likes of TGS here is the states and that's all that matters. Call it the S$&tpro expo and have nothing but videogames and people are still gonna go.

MB_E102
MB_E102

I used to read GamePro, but as 99% of the people who are commenting agree, GamePro is a NoNo. Especially for an event as revered as something the size of E3. ...idiotic is all I gotta say.

TryMe01
TryMe01

so sad really, looks like the 'competition' did nothing to change such a disastrous name

mentalmarco
mentalmarco

GamePro Expo.......ew! GamePro the magazine is bad and I can only imagine how the Expo would be.

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

Andy639_basic: it's not the small E3 that needs a new name, it's the new big one called GamePro Expo that needs a change of name. IDG is either really THAT lazy to think of a new name or they really suck at it to ask someone else to come up with one. cypher50 is right, talk about professionalism.

Andy639_basic
Andy639_basic

Why not just still call it E3? It's still an Electronic Entertainment Expo, just a smaller one.

Enterprise-E
Enterprise-E

I could careless about the name but as long as us gamers are still able to attend i am happy.

GMAN32X
GMAN32X

I don't like the name, aside from its association with the mag.

cypher50
cypher50

If this is the professionalism that is to be expected from the organizers of this new expo then I rather spend my money going to PAX...