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E3 Attendance Revealed, Event May Leave Los Angeles

E3 2011 is over and the annual event will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center next year.

However, that may not be the case in 2013. According to a new LA Times report, the current contract between city officials and the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) will expire after the 2012 show, and while the ESA would prefer to keep E3 in LA, they are considering other possible locations. For now, though, it's a "wait and see" situation. As for attendance, E3 2011 was the best-attended event in the past five years: a total of 46,800 people showed up, which brought in an estimated $25 million in revenue for the city. The attendee number is up a little over last year, which saw 45,600 journalists, retailers, industry bosses, and analysts. For the record, the 2006 show holds the attendance record of over 60,000; remember, the PlayStation 3 - set to launch later that year - was on tap.

Personally, I say forget LA. Do Paris. I wanna go.

Tags: e3 2011, esa, entertainment software association, e3 attendance

6/9/2011 8:38:36 PM John Shepard

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Comments (29 posts)

SmokeyPSD
Thursday, June 09, 2011 @ 9:31:08 PM
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What would be the motive for a change in venue I wonder.

Taking it out of America would be great though but I don't see that happening.

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tes37
Thursday, June 09, 2011 @ 9:59:02 PM
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I think they should have it in LA (Louisiana) and confuse everybody as part of a sick joke.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 09, 2011 @ 11:59:51 PM

In New Orleans

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SvenMD
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 7:36:13 AM

In New Marais

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Zorigo
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 4:01:36 PM

Sven's hit the nail on the head :P

But it'd be great if it was in Paris. I'd actually be able to go as its only across the channel and paris is great!

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Qubex
Thursday, June 09, 2011 @ 10:18:49 PM
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I think they should bring E3 to Asia for a year! Singapore?

It is a great efficient city to host such an event and it could also invigorate Asian developers to be more in touch with their western counter parts. It would also mean I could attend easily too :)

But then again, having TGS already in Asia, there may not be a reason too bring E3 to Asia specifically. If E3 represents the industry in the West I guess it would need to stay either in the States or Europe at best...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"


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tes37
Thursday, June 09, 2011 @ 10:47:15 PM

I was under the impression that somebody in China leaked those keys that eventually led to Sony's PS3 getting hacked. If I were Sony I'd refuse to attend an event there.

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Qubex
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 10:40:54 PM

tes37, thanks for you reply. Don't quite get all the thumbs down but anyway...

Firstly tes, from your post it seems you don't know where Singapore is.

Singapore is no where near China. It is an independent nation tucked under the Southern tip of Malaysia. The majority of people are from Chinese decent but they don't call themselves Chinese, they call themselves Singaporean.

Do have a read about Singapore on Wikipedia... there is a wealth of knowledge about the country should you want to educate yourself about the country.

Singapore has very stringent intellectual property rights, and in no way did the PS3 hack source emanate from Singapore; main land China possibly, but definitely not Singapore. Main land China is several thousand kilometers away from Singapore to the North. Singapore is also a top place to host conventions and the like from all over the world, and they have done so for the past 20 years with great success... especially the big economic forums and other high profile events...

I stand by my opinion that Singapore would be a great place to host an E3 like show... It has the capacity, city and hotels to do it, and it would be a great location in the tropics.

Tes37, always best to inform ones self before making comments that maybe slightly off... By the way, Sony is already based in Singapore, running a number of its business units out of the country for its South East Asian HQ.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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JMO_INDY
Thursday, June 09, 2011 @ 10:28:09 PM
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I do believe INDY (Indianapolis) would be a great place for E3, all biased aside a great case could be made for it. I mean Indy already has a great geek culture with hosting Gen-Con. One of the biggest convention centers in the US. Experience with holding a ton of people at once such as Gen-Con and NCAA National Tournaments. A great and safe environment. An all new hotel right in town. Great places to eat and drink. I believe Indianapolis would be a great location especially since it's smack dab in the middle of the country and it's accessible from everywhere fairly quickly.

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JMO_INDY
Thursday, June 09, 2011 @ 10:38:20 PM
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I apologize for the double post. Chrome doesn't like to add the comment right away and it double posts.

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godsdream
Thursday, June 09, 2011 @ 11:03:23 PM

There is an option to delete comments. Not sure though if it disappears after some time you post.

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JMO_INDY
Thursday, June 09, 2011 @ 11:07:18 PM

Yeah I came back to read the comments and I saw it and it had already went away, the option goes away after 10 minutes.

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godsdream
Thursday, June 09, 2011 @ 11:04:54 PM
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I'm still waiting to go to my first e3. Someday...

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sha4dowknight05
Thursday, June 09, 2011 @ 11:35:41 PM
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TORONTO ONTARIO!!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:01:30 AM
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It's a U.S. association, it ain't leavin' the country.

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Abidan13
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:15:58 AM
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Bring it to Winnipeg; everyone's doing it ;)
(I don't even live there, why would I want this?)

To be honest though, the best locations for the event are going to be within the US. Stay in L.A. or move it to New York.

I would rather attend as a presenter than as a guest anyway. One day... one day.

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Clamedeus
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 2:51:16 AM
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I would love to go to E3, but I don't like traveling across the country to go to places, I like my end of the woods.

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___________
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 3:54:24 AM
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Sydney?
now that would be sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
anywhere in AU would do, but come on no states better then NSW its just as simple as that!
better venues, better weather, better everything!

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yak4life85
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 8:04:36 AM
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Bring it to Seattle!

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Fane1024
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 6:58:06 PM

At least Seattle / Vancouver has a strong industry presence, unlike most of the suggestions.

It's in California because that's where the developers are, people!

But we have PAX up here. Don't be greedy.



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Nynja
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:14:01 AM
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NYC or DC...

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SvenMD
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:13:25 PM

I would love some east coast. Then I could go and sneak in!!

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maxpontiac
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:19:39 AM
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I think to be fair, the conference should rotate annually to different locations. It might help bring awareness to more people about just how great video gaming is!

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mindmurderer69
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 6:59:18 PM

wish i could like a comment more than once... it should be a rotating convention

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hadouken
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:08:45 PM
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I agree I don't want to see it leave the U.S. If I had to guess where it will be in 2013 I'd pick New York.

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sirbob6
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:09:50 PM
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I think some Midwest state would be perfect.
Indiana, Illinois, Ohio or Pennsylvania.

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DjEezzy
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 1:16:25 PM
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I'd think Las Vegas would be a good place to do it. Maybe even denver or Chicago. Just trying to think outside the box a little. LOL

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ctd669
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 6:48:19 PM
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Why the hell would ANYBODY wanna go to France?!

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realmadpuppy
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 10:40:36 PM
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Actually Houston or maybe Dallas,TX would be perfect, It is centralized and more people would have an opportunity to go. just for the record, I live in FL so I am not trying to be selfish. I am thinking what would be most convenient for everybody to get a chance to check it out.

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