05
Feb
09

E3 Returns

After several years of being downsized it was announced recently that E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, will return to the LA convention centre on June 2nd of this year. This means the return of massive multimillion dollar booths, loud music and (the most missed aspect of E3) Booth Babes. Details are still sketchy on what are likely to be press days and what days may be open to the public but the ESA has released a list of attendees that have signed up so far:

A
Activision Meeting Room #510
Activision Booth #5322
Atari, Inc. Booth #501
Atlus U.S.A. Booth #4023
Azuradisc, Inc. Booth #2836
B
Basco Distribution Booth #2940
BDA Booth #5167
Bethesda Softworks Booth #4455
Brady Games Booth #4773
C
Capcom USA Booth #4956
Capcom USA Meeting Room #501A
Capcom USA Meeting Room #507
CH Products Booth #506
Conny Booth #247
Creative Mind Interactive Inc. Booth #2953
CTA Digital, Inc. Booth #4967
D
D-BOX Technologies, Inc. Booth #2817
DDR Game Booth #2838
Digiwinner Limited Booth #2902
Disney Interactive Studios Booth #1001
dreamGEAR Booth #4500
E
egameforless Booth #2801
Eidos Interactive Booth #2446
Electronic Arts Meeting Room #407
Electronic Arts Meeting Room #406A
Electronic Arts Booth #1501
Electronic Arts Meeting Room #406B
Epic Games Meeting Room #302
EZ Games Distribution, Inc. Booth #2928
G
Game Center Distribution Inc. Booth #2906
Game Outlet Europe Booth #2830
Game Source, Inc. Booth #2846
Gamepark Holdings Co. Ltd. Booth #500
GAMETECH Booth #246
GelaSkins Booth #2934
Graffiti Entertainment, Inc. Booth #502
H
Hori (U.S.A.), Inc. Booth #4872
I
iBeta Quality Assurance Booth #547
IGN.com Meeting Room #501B
IGN.com Booth #2841
Innex, Inc. Booth #2947
Iron Will Creations Inc. Booth #2915
J
J.F.J. Disc Repair Booth #504
K
K2 Network Booth #2811
Kaltman Creations Booth #447
KOEI Corporation Booth #535
Konami Digital Entertainment Booth #2401
L
Logic3 Booth #4673
M
Majesco Entertainment Meeting Room #514
Majesco Entertainment Booth #4972
Matcom Distribution Booth #3147
Mayflash Limited Booth #401
Microsoft Corporation Meeting Room #404A
Microsoft Corporation Meeting Room #404B
Microsoft Corporation Booth #1523
Midway Booth #1
Midway Meeting Room #401
MTV Games Booth #2023
MTV Games Meeting Room #303B
N
Namco Bandai Games America Booth #822
Nintendo of America Booth #4923
NYKO Technologies Booth #4512
P
Penguin United Booth #3029
Performance Designed Products Booth #2822
Prima Games/Random House, Inc Booth #5073
R
Rampid Interactive Booth #2837
Rebellion Booth #4873
RTI Disc Repair Booth #2930
S
Scanavo North America LTD Booth #404
SEGA of America, Inc. Booth #2001
SEGA of America, Inc. Meeting Room #307
Sony Computer Entertainment Meeting Room #505
Sony Computer Entertainment Meeting Room #506
Sony Computer Entertainment Meeting Room #504
Sony Computer Entertainment Booth #4622
Sony DADC Booth #4973
Sony Online Entertainment Booth #4600
Square Enix, Inc Meeting Room #306B
Square Enix, Inc Booth #1546
T
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Meeting Room #403B
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Booth #2
Techart Entertainment Limited Booth #3031
THQ Meeting Room #515A
THQ Meeting Room #512
THQ Booth #407
Turtle Beach Booth #2805
U
U.S. Games Distribution, Inc. Booth #2860
Ubisoft Entertainment Meeting Room #403A
Ubisoft Entertainment Booth #1022
USERJOY Technology Co., Ltd Booth #3034
V
Video Game Advantage Booth #2803
W
Warner Bros. Interactive Booth #2047
Warner Bros. Interactive Meeting Room #306A
Z
Z-Best Audio & Video Inc. Booth #546
ZeroPlus Technology Co., Ltd Booth #3028

While it’s heartening to see that E3 is returning to the flashy media event that it was formally it’s odd that now is the time that they’ve chosen to do it. The recession has hit many companies hard; EA, Microsoft, Sony and just about everyone else has announced some form of downsizing or layoffs, so where are these firms likely to get the money to take part? The same can be said of the enthusiast press, with most of the gaming magazines gone, sites laying off writers on what seems a weekly basis, who is actually going to cover the event. Indeed IGN is the only media company currently signed up, notice the lack of a prominent gamespot booth?

So while ths is  exciting news there are probably alot of aprehensive people worried at how the whole thing is going to turn out.

Mark

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