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RobertoOrtiz
10-16-2006, 02:35 AM
As promised, E3 will return in July of 2007 featuring a series of tweaks to the show's format and venue. The announcement comes two months after word dropped that the show would be considerably downsized (http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060730-7382.html). According to its organizers, the gaming expo had grown too large and had lost its focus.

The new show will be rechristened as the E3 Media and Business Summit when it takes place from July 11-13 in Santa Monica, California, next year. Without a doubt, it's all about the media and business getting tigether. Replacing the massive LA Convention Center thronging with gamers will be scores of hotel suites that are accessible only by invitation. According to Douglas Lowenstein, President of the ESA, this change will enhance the purpose of E3.

"By combining suite-based meetings with the software showcase in a controlled and business-like environment, we believe we will successfully fulfill our primary objective of giving high-level media the best of all worlds," he said. Lowenstein added that the new show "will also provide an excellent opportunity for meetings with retailers, developers and other audiences."

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20061015-7987.html

Raidenmaru
10-16-2006, 03:12 AM
the new show "will also provide an excellent opportunity for meetings with retailers, developers and other audiences."

everyone but the actual gamers :D

beaker
10-16-2006, 03:13 AM
Barkers Hangar, Huh? The route to the hanger is this tiny 2 lane road. There isn't even enough parking for more then a couple hundred people. There are few hundred game companies just in the LA region alone. Your can't even fit 1 person per game company there, let alone the retailers and anyone from the press.

GDC here I come, screw e3.

Cronholio
10-16-2006, 04:01 AM
everyone but the actual gamers :D

E3 was never for gamers or the press; it wasn't even for developers. E3 was supposed to be for publishers and buyers but it got way out of hand, particularly in the last couple of years. Unfortunately now what will probably happen is GDC will become the new E3 and be overrun with people who have nothing to do with game development.

rblitz7
10-16-2006, 04:26 AM
Whats the difference between buyers and gamers?

mummey
10-16-2006, 05:24 AM
Whats the difference between buyers and gamers?

the gamers still spend their lives in the buyers' basements. ;)

beaker
10-16-2006, 05:30 AM
Whats the difference between buyers and gamers?Buyers are the people who decide what games to put on their shelves and catalogues in the stores. So this would be people who work for Walmart, Target, EB, etc... Shelf space is very expensive and they want to make sure what they are putting on the shelf is going to sell. Thats why there are a lot of people walking around in full 3 piece suits with briefcases.

Actually a little known area of E3 is down on the bottom floor where they have all the people who make game cards, board games, etc... The room is as big as the video game section but not as many people.

JTD
10-16-2006, 02:07 PM
the gamers still spend their lives in the buyers' basements. ;)

Hehe. Good one mummey!

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