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E3 Reborn As GamePro Expo 29

Posted by Zonk
from the ugh dept.
GameSpot is reporting on the announcement from IDG that they'll be putting on a new L.A.-area games expo, with the ESA's blessing. With that nod of the head, the "GamePro Expo" becomes the 'official successor' to the glitz and glamor of E3. From the article: "According to Michael Krouse, vice president of convention sales for the LA Convention and Visitors Bureau, IDG is estimating that the event will draw 30,000 attendees, and that long term, those numbers could grow. 'I am absolutely convinced this show will be as big as [the old] E3,' Krouse told GameSpot. The new show will be endorsed by the ESA — 'a very important element to the partnership,' says the memo, which goes on to say the event will take place at E3's former digs, the Los Angeles Convention Center, on October 18, 19, and 20, 2007." Given that GDC, Gen Con, and the rest have already planned for larger spaces IDG is going to have a fight on its hands next year. Should be interesting.
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E3 Reborn As GamePro Expo

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  • If you switch out every aspect of E3 except the blessing of E3 heads and it being in L.A., is it still really the "successor to E3"?

    You're welcome. [wikipedia.org]
    • Meh...I'm still going to E3. No need imo to goto some bastardized version. I'll take the smaller one that'll have everyone.
  • I can't see how this is a good thing. The hedonistic style of E3 was the whole problem with the expo; it was sucking up money and manpower so that increasing numbers of members of the public could gawk at CGI trailers and scantly-clad women. Getting rid of E3 for something that's more focused on game development, purchasing, and tighter press controls was supposed to free up those previous wasted resources and put them to better use. If someone is just recreating E3, how has anything improved?
    • While I'm inclined to agree, I'll wait till Tyco and Gabe [penny-arcade.com] report on it.

      That should be interesting.

    • ..CGI trailers and scantly-clad women..
      I do believe you've answered your own question.

      Typical guy response? Yes. Any less true? Nope.

    • by drinkypoo (153816)

      I can't see how this is a good thing. The hedonistic style of E3 was the whole problem with the expo; it was sucking up money and manpower so that increasing numbers of members of the public could gawk at CGI trailers and scantly-clad women.

      I don't think you understand - that's what E3 was for, that was the reason there were so many attendees, and thus the reason there were so many exhibitors. Booth babes and bullshit video reels are what made E3 what it was.

    • The people that used to put on the event were the ESA, an industry association theoretically supported by its members, the developers and publishers. The complaints from E3 were from their constituents, a lot of whom felt that it was mostly a big money and time sink for very little in the way of reward.

      The IDG is sponsoring this event, and their business is gaming rags and trade shows. E3 probably sold a lot of copy for them and I'm sure they'll get some money as the event's organizers. I mean, even the na
  • So once again the east coast gets the shaft when it comes to a game-related expo/convention.

    You know, a lot of people (why, it's probably close to half of the country!) lives closer to the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Heh! I guess there's some money to be made, because, despite all of the criticisms, it looks like E3 is just not going to die. No one ever voluntarily leaves money on the table. And to stay competitive, the game publishers and developers will get sucked back into this new E3. LOL, same as it ever was!
  • I'll be there as long as the AVN (Adult Video News) event is still held in the adjacent building.

    What a weekend that'll be......more pron and games that most could handle. Whew

    • by Aiku1337 (551438)
      I'm pretty sure you're thinking of CES, not E3. CES is held in Las Vegas in January. E3 was usually in May, in LA.
      • Yes, you're right. So I will be overdosing on TECH and pron, not games. Still not a bad combination.
  • I am absolutely convinced this show will be as big as [the old] E3,

    Except with out any of the smaller, creative outfits that made it wonderful. It will just have 400 booths dedicated to EA, 54 of those for Madden. Another 80 dedicated to flashy new DRM.

  • by Knara (9377)

    Limiting E3 to the small amount of press that will bother to attend now will result in the death of E3 as a relevant convention.

    And that's your Gamepro Game Tip.

  • E3 only lets people in the industry go. Since I'm out of the industry, can someone hire me as a game review writer or something as an excuse for me to go?
    • by Rydia (556444)
      This is exactly why E3 needed to be tightened up. The whole idea of a convention for an industry is to inform the public, through the media, of what's good and upcoming. Booth babes and a bunch of dorks there to gawk at things doesn't help anyone. Except maybe said dorks.
      • by deinol (210478)
        The whole idea of a convention for an industry is to inform the public, through the media, of what's good and upcoming.

        I think what you meant to say was:

        The whole idea of a convention for an industry is to inform the public of what's good and upcoming.

        A convention is: an assembly of persons met for a common purpose. (Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law)

        The point of a convention like E3 is to let as many people as possible know about your product. The most effective way to do this is to let as many people as
    • For several years, there was a security hole in their automatic registration system. I went as media during those years, and it was evident that I was not the only one. My first year, I paid $45 bucks and they sent me two passes for the floor. After that it went up to $275, but you didn't have to be a member of anything. The early years were cool, lots of giveaways, lots of true demos of new products, but that all faded. The last two years were lousy for new stuff.
    • Since I'm out of the industry, can someone hire me as a game review writer or something as an excuse for me to go?

      Haha, the good old days, when any fuckwit with a game review website could land passes to E3. I wonder if they cut tickets to the largely irrelevant sites that used to get off on taking their yearly trip to Cali and doing some major league "reporting".
  • Gamepro! does that mean it is going to be decorated with really bad sketches that barely resemble the characters in the games being shown?
  • Thank god a hardcore gamer like myself will still have an opportunity to see some boobs.
  • There's a compelling reason to have large, noisy shows that the public can easily get access to, that people seem to ignore while whining about how E3 ain't what it used to be. Tens of thousands of your best, most affluent customers all coming to your showroom, and checking out the goods.

    The Tokyo Game Show is open to the public for two out of three days, and it attracts smackloads of people, and the game companies know it's good advertising. E3 tried to have it both ways: big, colourful, sexy, but with t
  • I guess the /. editors will finally have to change an icon... It's been a long time coming, but since E3 has been replaced, it only makes sense that /.'s E3 icon should change with it. In with the new, out with the old.

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