E3 May Not Return to Los Angeles

by Danny Bivens - June 9, 2012, 9:41 am PDT
Total comments: 31 Source: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/coto..., LA Times

A new stadium in LA could stamp out future shows in the area.

The Electronic Entertainment Expo may not return to its usual location in Los Angeles next year, the LA Times reports.

Michael Gallagher, president of the Entertainment Software Association, has said that if issues with the construction of Farmer’s Field are not resolved immediately, he may be forced to hold the trade show elsewhere. Although Gallagher did not comment directly on what other cities he has been in talks with, executives close to the ESA said that Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco are potential locations for the next E3. 

The construction of Farmer’s Field would cause the Los Angeles Convention Center to be redesigned, with the West Hall being demolished to make room for the stadium. A replacement hall would be built above Pico Boulevard that would sit neighboring the current South Hall.

“We need assurance on things like square footage, the quality of the space, the ease of loading and unloading equipment, signage throughout the convention center for marketing and sponsorships,” Gallagher said. “We love being in Los Angeles, but we also have a show to put on.” 

Although E3 has typically been held in Los Angeles for most of its existence, it has also been held in Atlanta, Santa Monica, and even Tokyo.

Talkback

I noticed that the usual "See You Next Year" banner was absent from this year's E3 exit. There was only a "Thank You" banner.

NinSageJune 09, 2012

Chicago!!

I'm actually closer to NYC but I prefer Chicago .... less congested.

xcwarriorJune 09, 2012

There was an E3 this year? Didn't notice due to the lack of game announcements this past week.

Link-San-VIIJune 09, 2012

New York! New York! New York! Or Tokyo, but I don't have enough money to fly there, but it would be awesome.

I'd love for it to hit NYC, but the Javitz Center might not be big enough to house it, even with the recent expansion. I could be wrong, but I'd think San Fran or Chicago would be more likely.

EnnerJune 09, 2012

Isn't convention center space booked years in advance? If a deal at LACC can't be reached, is there a possibility that there will be no E3 (or big E3) for a few years?

neoprismJune 09, 2012

If its in Chicago I am so going to try to get in.

EyothrieJune 09, 2012

New Orleans is only two hours from me.  Any kind staffer want to grant me media access if it comes here?  Purdy please?!  ;D

Of course, I hope it comes to SF. It would be more convenient for more industry people. But, it would probably push the Moscone Center past its limits; they'd have to put heavier restrictions of the number of attendees.

BlackNMild2k1June 09, 2012

If it came to SF next year I will do what I can to get in again.

supergttJune 09, 2012

How about Cincinnati? We're an awesome town, AND Skyline Chili, you know you want some.

Darkarm66June 09, 2012

Austin, TX would be a perfect venue. There's actual developers and publishers there, an incredible nightlife, and it would be dirt cheap for everyone attending. Austin has a decent showing for video games for SXSW and GDC, E3 would be a perfect fit.

broodwarsJune 09, 2012

Why not move it to Atlanta, Georgia?  If I remember correctly, the very early E3s were held in Atlanta.

TJ SpykeJune 09, 2012

Quote from: broodwars

Why not move it to Atlanta, Georgia?  If I remember correctly, the very early E3s were held in Atlanta.

The first ones were at LA, then they went to Atlanta for two years. People who have went to LA and Atlanta ones tend to say that the Atlanta ones were terrible and I see that as reason why it won't happen.

supergttJune 09, 2012

Quote from: broodwars

Why not move it to Atlanta, Georgia?  If I remember correctly, the very early E3s were held in Atlanta.

because Atlanta doesn't have Skyline. I propose that all future e3s be required to be within 20 miles of at least 10 skyline locations.

Chozo GhostJune 09, 2012

Aren't both Microsoft and NOA headquartered in Redmond Washington? It would be more convenient for both of them if it was there or nearby in a place like Seattle.

syrindigoJune 09, 2012

I really hope it comes to the east coast... I hate having to wait till 12 to watch it.

nickmitchJune 09, 2012

It should totally go to New Orleans. I'd love the excuse to go home. Hell, I could probably let a few staffers crash, if they got me a ticket. . .

Quote from: Chozo

Aren't both Microsoft and NOA headquartered in Redmond Washington? It would be more convenient for both of them if it was there or nearby in a place like Seattle.

Yes, but many other companies/press are around SF, which is why Nintendo moved their PR office there and probably a big reason GDC is held there.

CericJune 10, 2012

Nashville  :cool;  We're getting a new Huge-ish convention center and it be pretty equally inconvenient for everyone.

TurdFurgyJune 10, 2012

Bring it to Panama City Beach, Florida! ...No?... ok....

BlackNMild2k1June 10, 2012

Quote from: MegaByte

Quote from: Chozo

Aren't both Microsoft and NOA headquartered in Redmond Washington? It would be more convenient for both of them if it was there or nearby in a place like Seattle.

Yes, but many other companies/press are around SF, which is why Nintendo moved their PR office there and probably a big reason GDC is held there.

Exactly what I was going to point out. The Bay Area is home to lots of industry in the U.S., so even if they couldn't do SF, San Jose might also be a good fit and only slightly less of a convenience for me ;)

PheonixXDJune 10, 2012

It should obviously be in Oklahoma City, duh..... :cool;


:) ;D :-[ :-X  just kidding.... don't lynch me... :'(

Come on, Erie, Pennsylvania! We just built a nice new convention center, we've got nice beaches, there are probably other benefits maybe.

Quote from: BlackNMild2k1

Exactly what I was going to point out. The Bay Area is home to lots of industry in the U.S., so even if they couldn't do SF, San Jose might also be a good fit and only slightly less of a convenience for me ;)

They've had GDC in San Jose before, so it's certainly possible.

I was reading about the ONE that was held in Tokyo, and apparently it was pretty awful. The same year there was one in LA, but they wanted to give it a go in Tokyo in early November. Sega and Sony pulled out of going (it was 1995 or 96) and Nintendo was the only one of the "big three" who ended up going making the show kind of a flop. It'll probably never come here again. If it did, I don't think it would be quite the disaster (day of crisis) that the first one was, but getting all of the industry people there from the US and other countries would be a potential hassle.


Like Aaron said, with most of the industry media and companies being based in the Bay area, that seems the most likely candidate. Though Chicago would be a cool place to have it...

ZapJune 10, 2012

Plenty of other third world cities in California to choose from, I would recommend Santa Ana or Blythe for starters.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJune 10, 2012

I'm sure a lot of you have seen the various articles discussing if E3 is even a worth-while trade show at this point.

I say ditch E3, pump the money into PAX Prime and PAX East.  You've got both coasts covered, they're held at two different times the year, allowing companies a good reason to hold off showing games that are slightly further off in development than they'd like and they're more of what the industry needs.

While I may be the most vocal saying that E3 is for retailers, investors and press, let's face it - there are far, far better ways for companies to get their product in front of retailers and investors without expecting them to spend a week in a hotel 8 states away.  And the press will go wherever the story is. :D

And, with more support, perhaps we can have a PAX Midwest. :D

Holding it in Tokyo would be a waste given that TGS already exists. Especially since Japanese games are becoming a smaller and smaller segment of the market.

MataataJune 10, 2012

New Orleans would be cool.

BlkPaladinJune 11, 2012


If they do that it may be a good time to try and change the show up a little bit. I since some have been complaining there were not many game announcements which is one of the "big things" that made E3. I think it is time they try and do something like Gamescom and maybe hold it closer to the "holiday" season to become a definitive showcase for the games coming out for the holidays and in to the next year..

And if they change it to the East Coast/Midwest I may start going again. It was just too expensive for me (flight etc) in LA.

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