E3 2011 is over and the annual event will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center next year.
However, that may not be the case in 2013. According to a new LA Times report , the current contract between city officials and the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) will expire after the 2012 show, and while the ESA would prefer to keep E3 in LA, they are considering other possible locations. For now, though, it's a "wait and see" situation. As for attendance, E3 2011 was the best-attended event in the past five years: a total of 46,800 people showed up, which brought in an estimated $25 million in revenue for the city. The attendee number is up a little over last year, which saw 45,600 journalists, retailers, industry bosses, and analysts. For the record, the 2006 show holds the attendance record of over 60,000; remember, the PlayStation 3 – set to launch later that year – was on tap.
Personally, I say forget LA. Do Paris. I wanna go.