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E3 2019 Attendance Falls Compared To Last Year

This year's show was smaller.

The numbers are in, and around 66,100 people attended E3 2019. That's a huge number, but it is down by around 3,000 from the 69,200 people who attended E3 2018.

The Entertainment Software Association, which organizes E3, announced that this year's show featured more than 200 exhibitors, and about a fourth of them--or around 50--were attending for the first time.

For comparison, the ESA said E3 2018 also featured more than 200 exhibitors, and it said 85 of them were attending for the first time. Around 3,250 different products were shown off at E3 2018, but the ESA did not say how many were displayed this year.

In 2018, around 15,000 fans attended by purchasing public tickets, but this year the ESA did not say how many fan tickets it sold. 2017's E3 was the first E3 that was open to the public; previously it was an industry and media-only event.

One major difference for E3 2019 is that Sony did not attend for the first time in the event's history. Activision also decided to bow out again. According to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, E3 is worse off without them.

E3 2020 returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center June 9-11. That means the show is expected to actually begins on or around June 6 if EA again decides to start its show at the weekend, with Microsoft, Bethesda and others following with their own press conferences before the show floor opens on the Tuesday of E3 week.

E3 2020 is still a long time off, but we already know that Microsoft's Halo Infinite will have a big role at the show. The show takes place a few months before Halo Infinite releases that holiday season with the launch of Project Scarlett.

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