Welp, didn’t see this one coming: Polygon is reporting that E3 will offer 15,000 tickets to regular ol’ gamers this year, breaking more with its tradition of being a professionals-only convention catering to game studios and press.
The first thousand tickets will sell to the public at a discount for $149 each beginning on February 13th, with the remainder to run $249.
The last two years, the convention opened its doors to 5000 “prosumer” hyperfans. Total attendance has hovered around 50,000 for the past few years, though industry watchers are sure to suspect the withdrawal of studios like EA from the con floor and the popularity of consumer-oriented shows like PAX and Gamescom might bear some influence on this decision.
E3 runs from June 13th to 15th in LA in 2017.