E3, once gaming’s biggest expo, is officially dead

“After more than two decades of hosting an event that has served as a central showcase for the U.S. and global video game industry,” the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has decided to bring E3 to a close, said Stanley Pierre-Louis, president and CEO of the nonprofit trade association that represents the games industry’s interests in the United States.

darthv72195d ago

E3 was getting less and less about the celebration of games in general and more about the behind closed door showings. When smaller outfits started skipping it, due to increasing costs each year and less space for representation... so did the big outfits. Nintendo, Sega, Sony, MS... all of them can do their own show and do it on their own schedule.

justsomeoffdude195d ago

yup, all about the greed as usual

dumahim195d ago (Edited 195d ago )


And yet we get these slogs like TGA to replace it.

DOMination-195d ago

E3 is a trade show/convention and that's what this article is about.

The publisher presentations are really nothing to do with e3 - they just decided to have them around that time because it made sense.

With E3 dead, I imagine MS will transition to a format similar to Sony and Nintendo.

There's not enough content for other publishers to have annual shows now games are in development so yeah non platform holders will probably just use TGA or summer games fest moving forwards

EvertonFC195d ago

For us gamers who ONLY watched, E3 was watching EA, Ubi, Xbox, playstation and others events.
Actually going to E3 as a gamer was standing in extremely long cues to play game. If you went for the wkd you would be lucky to play 5 games in total as cues were 4/5 hours long.

Christopher195d ago (Edited 195d ago )

Honestly, I much prefer TGA. Not a slog. Everyone comes in with their big announcements and no filler or dancing on stage.

badz149195d ago

did you watch this year's TGA? freakin Sam Lake was dancing on stage to promote AW2!

isarai194d ago (Edited 194d ago )

E3 was a slog for years before it stopped, this wasn't a sudden death, it was very slow. And the ESA could've prevented this easily if they just beefed up their security. That's why everyone started having their own E3 events separate from the venue and the ESA, the leaks were crazy, not only for the games, but corporate info like addresses and financial account information.

CrimsonWing69195d ago

It died for me when everyone decided to pull out from it and other own directs.

Christopher195d ago

It died for me when it become very console-centric.

isarai194d ago (Edited 194d ago )

Blame the ESA and their almost non-existent security, almost every year was major leaks of not only games but card and account info for companies who booked for the venue.

Elda195d ago

At this point in time it's no surprise.

Kneetos195d ago

I'm glad the Nintendo direct/state of play style format took off, ever since Nintendo began it I payed more attention to that and later SoP then E3