E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is widely held as one of the biggest video gaming events of the year. It easily gets the biggest coverage around, with numerous gaming sites covering every little bit of news they can about it. Heck, even TV networks (including the sadly defunct G4) would cover the event. But one thing has always held it back: who could attend it.
Originally, it was meant for the business side of things. To show off what was coming, and woo potential investors and partners. Then, as time went on, it became something more. It became more powerful, more focused on pleasing the consumer rather than the producer, and it was a place where many could come and have fun, but, there were always restrictions on how many people in the public, and not the press or media, could attend. Well, no more.
E3 2017 will officially be the first E3 to be open to the public full-stop. Now to be clear, there is still a limit on how many can attend, but, that “limit” is 15,000 people, who all have the chance to buy tickets on February 13th on the official website. The price is $250, but, for those who get it on the 13th, it’ll be $150.
This is a huge deal, as the public has always been restricted, or even outright denied, in regards to access to the event. Which is odd, because this event is for them in many ways. Many have even wondered whether E3 is still relevant because of very public venues like the PAX events. Well, now it seems that E3 wants to not only be relevant, but be something that literally anyone can get into.
E3 2017 arrives in Los Angeles on June 13th-15.