With two new consoles to show, is it any doubt that this year's E3 was quite popular?
According to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), 48,200 people attended this country's biggest video game trade show during the week. This is up by 2,500 over last year's tally, and there were around 230 exhibitors, too. The show also delivered the city of Los Angeles revenue of $40 million. Say "thank you," LA!
Said ESA CEO Michael D. Gallagher:
"This year’s E3 showcased the best that our industry has to offer and channeled the immense energy, drive, and enthusiasm for video games onto a global stage. Thanks to our members and exhibitors’ boundless capacity for innovation, billions of consumers are seeing the future of our industry through this outstanding landscape of creativity, technology and content."
As you might expect, E3 2014 is already scheduled for June 10-12 and it will once again be held at the LA Convention Center. The week saw Sony give Microsoft a virtual bloody nose after announcing no DRM and no online restriction for the PS4, as well as a $100 cheaper launch price and the promise of a whole lot of top-tier exclusive software in the coming year.