E3 will opens its doors to 15,000 consumers this year

    
9

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.

Source: E3, Polygon
Advertisement

No posts to display

newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Reader
Hirku

Yeah, yeah, NOW you do this when I’m too old and cranky to handle it. Thanks for nuthin’.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Greaterdivinity

LITERALLY ONE OF MY WORST NIGHTMARES.

Reader
BDJ

Why in the world would you say that?

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Loyal Patron
Jack Pipsam

I can imagine it would be a total shambles to go to E3, even worse with the public.

I mean I thought PAX AUS was bad enough with it being overcrowded nonsense where you couldn’t stand still, couldn’t move at a good speed, had to make sure you didn’t bump into/trip over anyone with sound and light blasting at you at all angles.
Skinny people, tall people, fat people, short people, crazy cosplay outfits and tiny children, the fact these conventions generally speaking run without major incident is incredible.
And PAX AUS is only a drop in the ocean compared to the mega-events like E3 or Gamescom. Or the the American PAXs from what I understand. I think you need to be a specific kind of person to enjoy that kind of thing.

Want to queue up for a game? Forget it, few hours + for 15 mins, bugger that. You’d have to be mad to do that for any other reason than it being your job as part of the press.

It’s the kind of thing I think I would have enjoyed far more as a tween/teenager than I do now (First PAX in Australia was in 2013 when I was 17 and I had a total blast for the first one, second was I was just a bit eh on. I feel like the magic and hype had gone), now I just can’t be bothered, haven’t been last two years they ran it, I feel like I have been there and seen it. Maybe I’ll return to PAX this year, but I doubt it. Really the only thing which truly interests me is the panels, I feel like I am getting something out of those.

Reader
BDJ

Id go to E3. I’ve always wanted to. It was the only convention around back in the day. I went to PAX South in January 2016. Needless to say, I’ll never attend another one.

People stereotype gamers and I hate to say it, but after going to PAX S , most of them proved to be correct. Most looked and smelled like they hadn’t bathed. Its probably the worst “set” / combinations of smell i’ve ever encountered. I didn’t even want to brush up against people.

You have a hotel. You just traveled all that way. At least wash your essentials and hair FFS. It takes 5-10 minutes. You can afford the time.

Reader
Damon

I remember my first time going to pax prime. The info packet kept saying ” remember to bath every day ” and I couldn’t figure out why that was in there over and over. I thought at first it was a running joke or something.
Well by sunday I realized why it was there. The place smelled like the worst locker room ever. I’ve been in hockey locker rooms that smelled better. People who were very large and very….greasy looking would walk past you and it was like a wave of B.O crashing over you.

The Seattle convention has gotten better over the years and the people have gotten more “normal” looking, but it did make me realize that gamer stereo types aren’t totally without justification. Those people are out there…..they just don’t represent all gamers.

Godnaz
Reader
Godnaz

A resurrected convention that I feel should have always been about the comsumer. Glad to see its not just industry employees anymore.

Upaya
Reader
Upaya

My father used to go to E3 almost every year and had a blast (plus came home with tons of awesome loot he’d share around the family). I’d love to go one year.

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Kickstarter Donor
Paragon Lost

Ugh, more power to those who want to go to events like this. I can’t do the crowds, which is why I always avoided PAX and other conventions. Hell I can’t even do large concerts anymore. 5k to 10k in a spread out area is about my ceiling, even then it gets a bit much.