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RobertoOrtiz
05-05-2008, 01:49 PM
"The Entertainment Software Association confirmed .....that both Activision and Vivendi are no longer a part of the industry trade organization"


http://kotaku.com/386560/esa-confirms-activisionvivendi-departure

Geta-Ve
05-05-2008, 02:22 PM
It seems like E3 is going to be the pits this year. :/

lebada
05-05-2008, 04:03 PM
they made a huge huge mistake when they blocked people from E3

Saurus
05-05-2008, 04:43 PM
they made a huge huge mistake when they blocked people from E3

Yeah! Bring back the booth babes! ;)

richcz3
05-05-2008, 05:11 PM
It comes with some politics (http://www.kotaku.com.au/games/2008/05/five_publishers_drop_out_of_e3_this_year_some_blame_esa_president-2.html) as five publishers have dropped out of E3. The ESA president closed their NY offices that had been a strong lobbying point representing gaming interests.

The ESA apparently trimmed its lobbying initiatives throughout 2007 while budgets rose, according to a report made by GameSpot (http://www.kotaku.com.au/) on public filings. Last year, the Association spent a record $US 2.86 million on lobbying even though it chose to confront fewer issues, removing lobbying on online gambling, taxation of virtual property, and Internet privacy in favour of focusing solely on constitutional, copyright and relevant trade issues.

E3 - at its core it was more for developers/publishers to meet with the media and gaming press as well as talent to meet with companies. But in the end it evolved into a huge public PR demonstration. For many it just became too expensive an exhibition for what business they took away from it.

ESA: "The event will continue to focus on the business of the computer and video game industry, with an emphasis on press events and small meetings with media, development, and other key sectors." .....Attendance at all events, meetings, and demonstrations will be by invitation only."
Info for E32008 (http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=16700)

lebada
05-05-2008, 05:59 PM
the huge public pr demonstration iwould think provides more hype over the products and thus would result into more publicity...for which the companies pay of course...but they get huge coverage for.

eh. whatever.

richcz3
05-05-2008, 06:19 PM
the huge public pr demonstration iwould think provides more hype over the products and thus would result into more publicity...for which the companies pay of course...but they get huge coverage for.

eh. whatever.
Agreed - that's why Id is bypassing E3 and sticking with Quakecon for 2008. Id calls the shots and showcases how and what they want without ESA guidlines. It looks like all the publishers dropping out intend to do their own thing.

The E3 in Santa Monica was a mess and the press invited to cover it made a minimal media impact that year. There is something to be said about public involvement. It generates allot of public awareness buzz, but deciding how a venue should be run is where companies can't come to a concensus.

Geta-Ve
05-06-2008, 08:50 AM
It's sad you know because I have looked forward to the media explosion that is E3 for the last few years, and now that it is diminishing into basically nothing it feels like we are losing a gaming icon, so to speak.

Elmarq
05-06-2008, 02:06 PM
Too bad.

I only had one chance to go to E3 a few years ago in Los Angeles and really enjoyed it. Though my perspsective was from more a spectator and fan than anything else. I remember talking with a friend behind the scenes at the Konami booth and him saying, "psst, there goes Kojima..." My reply..."Who the *&$^ is Kojima?"

switchblade327
05-07-2008, 11:13 PM
It comes with some politics (http://www.kotaku.com.au/games/2008/05/five_publishers_drop_out_of_e3_this_year_some_blame_esa_president-2.html) as five publishers have dropped out of E3. The ESA president closed their NY offices that had been a strong lobbying point representing gaming interests.

The ESA apparently trimmed its lobbying initiatives throughout 2007 while budgets rose, according to a report made by GameSpot (http://www.kotaku.com.au/) on public filings. Last year, the Association spent a record $US 2.86 million on lobbying even though it chose to confront fewer issues, removing lobbying on online gambling, taxation of virtual property, and Internet privacy in favour of focusing solely on constitutional, copyright and relevant trade issues.



This is the part that bothers me. I tend to agree E3 was a money pit but the ESA losing membership could really hurt their lobbying potential and open the door for more laws that unfairly restrict games vs other creative media.

DuttyFoot
05-17-2008, 01:34 AM
LUCASARTS just decided to drop out of the ESA too.

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6191154.html?action=convert&om_clk=latestnews&tag=latestnews;title;2

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