Expiring contract and LACC construction to make room for new football stadium have show organizers considering their options for E3 2013 and beyond.
LOS ANGELES--The Entertainment Software Association today announced that the Electronic Entertainment Expo would be returning to the Los Angeles Convention Center June 5-7, 2012. However, the show's location in 2013 and beyond may be up in the air.
According to a Los Angeles Times report, city officials and the ESA have begun negotiations to keep E3 in Los Angeles on a longer-term basis. The paper reports that the current contract between the two is set to expire after next year's trade show.
ESA representatives told the paper they would prefer to keep the show in Los Angeles, but they have considered other possible locations for the show. The Times reported that the ESA has concerns about AEG Inc.'s proposed construction of a new football stadium where the LACC West Hall currently resides. While there are plans to build a replacement hall, the trade group doesn't want attendees to have to deal with the hassle of an under-construction LACC during the show.
"We're engaged in positive and constructive dialogue with the LACC, AEG, and other stakeholders to ensure that E3 remains the leading global video game event and maintain the outstanding experience that our attendees expect and deserve," ESA senior VP of communications Rich Taylor told GameSpot. "We look forward to returning to LA next June."
If the ESA does move the show, it would not be the first time. Los Angeles has hosted most E3s in the show's 17-year history, but there were years in nearby Santa Monica and not-so-nearby Atlanta, Georgia.
I went to the shows in Atlanta when I was a teen, and I feared for my life with all of the crime going on. The traffic sucks as well. I say move it to the midwest (Minnesota, Chicago, Detroit, Missouri) so that it's more of a halfway point for every one that wants to attend.
Orlando and Vegas are obvious potential temporary choices. I went both years it was in Atlanta and they did a good job overall, but I do understand how far away the east coast is from the core of the industry. Vegas should be very attractive, with tons of hotel rooms and convention space, and it's not that far from Los Angeles.
A part of me wants an NFL team back in LA, but not Los Angeles per say. Lakers games means EXTREME traffic and by some chance theres NFL and NBA on Staples Center/Stadium... its going to be NUCLEAR... we're not talking expansive parking structures.. we're talking mult-level parking and I feel bad for the those in sub-level 12! If you have to move E3 and still keep the glitz... go to San Diego or even Anaheim. Anaheim is close to a very lively events center (and Disneyland). There will be plenty of room for convention goers and meeting rooms.
So just move it temporary for one year. Until the new place is finished contruction. San Fan is in California so if they want it to stay within the state. Or Bring it to Chicago for one year.
Keep it in LA! I've had fun the last few years attending the shows, and it's literally ten minutes from where I live. It's not that hard to get in if you know folks who work in the industry; they always have extra tickets if you ask in advance. But I could see New York or Seattle being good alternative choices too.
They should have it in Miami, Florida, and NOT because of the selfish reason of being "Near" me. (I don't have the credibility to attend anyway). We have a brand new convention center downtown and it's like twice the size of the LA one. It would be a great experience for attendees to experience the amount of creativity and effort that was placed into that building.
They should Move E3 to Washington DC, across the street from The Capitol Building so all those freaks of nature we call senators and representatives can see firsthand what gaming is all about before they judge the industry that is ruining the moral fiber of the nation's youth.
I want it close to me... Even though I cannot go to it (due to it being press/industry only) I would like just to go outside of the center and see all of the people and things going on outside... I think it would be cool
The show in Atlanta really sucked. I went there for both years and my adventures in the crime ridden areas of Atlanta Georgia were not pretty. lol!! Dealing with a drunk security guard in military garb at a Holiday Inn was not fun. I can laugh about it now because I'm safe at my keyboard, but I'll never go to Atlanta for an E3 again, I can tell you that. They can move the show to Phoenix. There's plenty of room out here. lol!! Of course the city of Los Angeles would love to keep it there. They have huge markup oh hotel, car, food, shows and everything else during the E3 show in L.A. Hotel rooms that would normally cost $150 a night skyrocket to $400+ a night in L.A. The city make a hefty amount of money during the 4-5 days attendees are there.
Portland, LA, Houston, Atlanta, NY. Go on tour and open to public...like auto shows, or any other trade show that wants to make a sh** ton of money
It makes no difference to me where E3 ends up, as long as it stays on the mainland United States I will be fine.
Albuquerque,New Mexico snce there a good sized convention center and there are a few other places in the downtown area and the good thing better revenue for the city.and well LA is ok.but i think NYC and a few other cities wont cut it.
Bring it to Atlanta! That way I could go! Anyways, it would be convenient for those who travel as ATL has the busiest airport in the world!
i like the way the ESA wants to move e3, the expo version (the "old" e3) is better now in l.a., than the summit version. i think santa monica can help out that, and don't get to the ATL again, maybe seattle can be better since because PAX is like became the big-time events outside of e3.
@tu2pac You make good points, this is the first year I've actually researched E3. I never realized that it was press only. I'm just saying I would love to go sometime but I guess that might not happen, oh well.
Well they should keep in los angeles permantaly, or move to Vegas.They did this before, when they moved it to Atlanta and completely and it didn't do so good.
Well since I have no hope of ever going to E3 doesnt matter much, as long as its somewhere so I can watch from the comfort of my home.
@Stoopid_Fool Unrealistic. But an extra day at the end for the public would be nice. There's no way the press can get in and do their thing if 1 million public folks show up. It's good for you, but if there's no press coverage, how will Europe hear of new IPs, etc. At the end of the day, the only reason developers stick around after the conferences is for the stage shows and to talk to press. If they couldn't they'd leave. Plus there would be less booths (since there would be more people). Look up the numbers they used to get and try to image all these stage shows and interviews going on with that many people floating around.
Bring it back to its roots guys. CHICAGO Central location and before E3 they used to hold the CES in Chicago when games first started having any convention presence. Run it in May so they could have navy pier right on the lake tons of underground parking ,hotels and its only 2.5 to 3.5 hours from anywhere in the continental US. We also have direct flights from Europe ,Asia even Australia. Chicago is where it all began CES and most of the publications in those days were here also. PS we should also have a huge land based classy high end casino there by then. come on LA sucks, SF is too small and NY is too crowded ,expensive and filthy. Las Vegas is ok but it was 101 F yesterday that is seriously no fun ,Chicago was 75 F yesterday.
I don't care where they have it, just open it to the public who buys the games, I would love to go to E3 sometime!
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