IDG, Gen Con in talks to merge events

Ongoing disruption in trade show biz adds group behind sci-fi/fantasy convention into the mix; talks of a joint show continue.

Industry sources say IDG Expo executives and Gen Con founders are exploring the possibility of a joint show--and ongoing talks could net an inked deal in the next few days. The joint show would see the two events share the Los Angeles Convention Center over the locked-down dates of IDG's soon-to-be-renamed GamePro Expo, slated for October 18-20 of next year.

Gen Con So Cal, a video game, fantasy, and science-fiction-oriented event completed its 2006 run at the Anaheim Convention Center earlier this month. If a deal were inked, Gen Con would join forces with the upcoming IDG show, a morphed version of E3 that will now cater to general consumers. The IDG event expects to attract no less than 25,000 attendees next October, according to its organizers.

If the two events colocate at the LACC, the current plan is to see Gen Con base its exhibits in the convention center's West Hall, with the IDG game event placing its exhibitors in both South Hall and the lower-level Kentia Hall. One impediment to the two groups linking up could be the current success IDG is having selling its upcoming game event into the industry. If it can sell out the LACC's nearly 550,000 square feet of expo space on its own, there may be no need nor reason to bring Gen Con into the mix.

Sources say Gen Con still has a tentative agreement with the City of Los Angeles to hold its 2007 event at the LACC in early November, but that could all change if IDG and Gen Con decide to collaborate.

In related news, tomorrow IDG is expected to announce the winner of a contest designed to pick the show's new name. The winning entry will replace the current moniker, GamePro Expo.

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snakenamedjoe
snakenamedjoe

Wow, I posted that in the totally wrong discussion. I'm awesome.

snakenamedjoe
snakenamedjoe

I'm sure there will be a Playstation 4. Sega made several unsuccessful systems after the Genesis before being relegated to a software developer, and even now they are considering making a new console. Still, the PS3 could very well be the beginning of the end for Sony consoles. While PS4 will debut, Sony is unlikely to have the market might to drive the system, and it will probably fizzle and die. There is still a lot of fuss from the fans of Sony singing the praises of PS3, but that will die after they've bought the overpriced system and then realize that developers are backing out and supporting other consoles instead, so they have a overpriced system with no games.

stlthriot
stlthriot

excited to see what name will be decided :D i wish i would have been more creative, lol

Ansem_Rev
Ansem_Rev

I can’t wait for Sony to become just a Software Maker so I can enjoy such classics as Amplitude Ape Escape 3 Arc The Lad: Twilight of the spirits ATV off road fury ATV off road fury 2 ATV off road fury 3 ATV off road fury 4 ATV Quad Power ATV Quad Power 2 Cool Boarders 2001 Dark Cloud Disney’s Stich: Experiment 626 Disney’s Treasure Planet Downhill Domination Drakan: The Ancients Gate Extermination Eye Toy: Anti Grav Eye Toy: Groove Eye Toy: Kenetic Eye Toy: Operation Spy Eye Toy: Play 1, 2 Fantavision Frequency Genji: Dawn of the samurai The Getaway The Getaway Black Monday Gretzky NHL 2005 , 2006 Hot Shots Golf 1 2 3 4 Ico Jak X: Combat Racing Jet X20 Killzone hahaha Kinetica The Mark of Kri MLB 04 , 05 , 06 My Street NBA Shootout 2001, 2002, 2003 NCAA 2001 Neo Pets The Darkest Faerie NFL Gameday NHL Faceoff Okage: Shadow King Primal Rise of Kasai Rise To Honer Siren Sly cooper 1, 2, 3 Socom 1, 2, 3 Socom US Navy Seals Combined Assault Syphon Filter The Omega Strain Twisted Metal Black online War of the Monsters Wild Arms 3 World Tour Soccer With all those Gems under it they will be sure to stay alive !

DogOfDeath
DogOfDeath

I`m sorry...I don`t want to go to a Gaming Convention to see games like GoW or Halo 3, and have to stand next to someone dressed as Superman, telling me how Kryptonite will be the folley of the New World.

virtuadc
virtuadc

"IDG show, a morphed version of E3 that will now cater to general consumers." Who cares what the event is called as long has you have this.

MADgravedigga
MADgravedigga

Do we really even need a show with the advent of the internet?

Ansem_Rev
Ansem_Rev

E3 was better. This suX 360 FOR THE WIN!

Gmacrusher
Gmacrusher

This is already big but it can get HUGE in some time!

Sandman80_basic
Sandman80_basic

If they could have something open to the general public akin to San Diego Comic-Con (with the focus on games/gamers/developers obviously)... that would be sweet.

krasskommentz
krasskommentz

I hope it's open to the general public, and the ticket price is not 2x what the price of each was originally. 'Convergence', the bringing together of synergistic shows, would be a very good thing.

Re_ensurer
Re_ensurer

townsenda1: "As long as things are done well, it doesn't matter to me." I agree, give me games and I'll be happy. :)

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

gencon is already huge. guess it may get even bigger!!!

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

Merging, not merging... not interested. I'm waiting to see which will be the name of the new expo.

dirtydan1117
dirtydan1117

Is that a giant N64 game on kthe roof in that picture?

Cloud737
Cloud737

I`m not seeing them merge anytime soon.

MasterAsh42
MasterAsh42

Gen Con + E3 2.0 = Geek mecca Sounds as if it would get awfully crowded, though. . .

Commando47
Commando47

One things for sure E3 will never be replaced, it was one of a kind event now its gone. This here is pretender just trying to replace the old E3.

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

Why don't they try next years events as separate entities and if they both underperform, then merge the following year. I think the public is looking forward to IDG's show. We want to see what the true successor to E3 will shape up to be. Please don't share the spotlight with another form of entertainment. What's next? Teaming up with the porn actresses convention? That would save companies money by not having to hire booth babes.

Runningflame570
Runningflame570

If we begin to get games throughout the year I will be happy.

townsenda1
townsenda1

As long as things are done well it doesn't matter to me.

cypher50
cypher50

Wow...can you imagine the smell in that place? I think one of the exhibitors would have to be Old Spice just to combat the thick scent of BO and unwashed nerd.

Doolum
Doolum

just make it good.

freediro
freediro

to much in one event i can see things clashing and nothing could replace the original E3!

MegaJynx
MegaJynx

To me, it seems like combining pizza and chocolate, both elements might be awesome, but together, the end result could be a mess.

Gamepro2421
Gamepro2421

25,000 people is on the waaaaay low end. I can see over 100,000 people making their way through the doors...or trying to at least

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

RE:surgestrip I agree. I feel the nerd vibe... it's so strong.

DarkGhost89
DarkGhost89

I might not dig it. I like games, sci-fi, and fantasy... but I don't like the three elements all together. To me, it make it sounds a little too....

PiMacleod_basic
PiMacleod_basic

i could dig it. Think of it this way -- one ticket price gets you into BOTH events. As long as nothing is cut out of the venues, I'd be down for it.

surgestrip
surgestrip

should be called "UBER NERD EVENT"

GMAN32X
GMAN32X

Mergers seem to be the new fad in game industry events

CT-Link
CT-Link

..I still would've like the E3 back like it should..sniff

CheddarLimbo
CheddarLimbo

Well, it sounds sort of cool...but I wonder if this isn't overextending a bit. With such a diverse audience, it's going to be difficult to give a quality showing for each facet. It's like having a twenty-seven course meal. I think I'd rather see Gen Con stay separate from the video game conventions.

TryMe01
TryMe01

oh man, this should be good