Is E3 Staying In Los Angeles After All? [UPDATE: Uh, Maybe Not]

Posted by on June 21, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Just after E3 ended, word spread that its owner, the Entertainment Software Association, was looking at alternate sites for the world’s largest gaming exposition. While we’ve nagged about how dreadful a place Los Angeles must be to live in based on our visits (except Johnny, natch), any site capable of hosting E3 would have to be massive, overdeveloped, and annoyingly crowded, but perhaps in a slightly different environment.

Held in May or June since its inception, E3 has had its base at the Los Angeles for sixteen of its eighteen years in existence, the other two in Atlanta in an attempt to cater to east coast developers. In hot debate is Los Angeles’s plans to demolish the Los Angeles Convention Center’s West Hall (home to the Big Three booths this year – Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo) to place the new Farmer’s Field football stadium, a large component to build up Los Angeles’ downtown district as an entertainment venue. Without the West Hall, the convention center’s floor space is effectively kneecapped. As yet, the city has not detailed its plans to replace it, something that would be of particular interest to the ESA with the next expo only a year away. While no other host cities have been officially outed, Chicago, Las Vegas, and New York are considered to be front-runners.

In the meantime, the Los Angeles Convention Center has already declared that we can count on E3 being back next year in the heart of southern California.

UPDATE: We reached out to Dan Hewitt of the ESA for response:

No, that’s a mistake on [the LACC’s] part. No contract has been signed and no agreement has been reached.

Hmmm, well, it’s nice to dream, right LA?

Source: The Verge forums

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