Konami announces streaming pre-E3 show and viewing parties for some reason

If Konami's going to put on a humiliating Rock Revolution-style spectacle -- and announce new games and stuff -- it'll be before E3. Konami is getting a jump on the festivities this year with a pre-E3 show on June 2, five days before E3 starts.

The event will be streamed online on several (unspecified) sites, but for the full "sitting in a room with other people and watching trailers" experience, Konami will also host viewing parties in LA, San Francisco, Toronto, São Paulo, Mexico City and other cities.

Konami has yet to finalize a list of cities, or to set up the registration pages for those parties. Of course, since the whole thing will be streamed online, you can have your own viewing event pretty much wherever you can get an internet connection.

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KONAMI ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL
"PRE-E3 SHOW 2011"

Latest Company News, Game Trailers and More Unveiled At Global Screening Event Prior To E3

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – May 4, 2011 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced the company's first-annual global Pre-E3 Show 2011. For the first time in company history, KONAMI will invigorate fans and gaming enthusiasts by releasing company news, game trailers and exclusive interviews via an internationally coordinated online screening event. To further promote its official debut on June 2, 2011, KONAMI will also be hosting live viewing events for the Pre-E3 Show 2011 which will be held in a number of cities across the globe including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, São Paulo, Mexico City and more to be announced.

"The annual E3 show is the world's marquee video game conference and trade show event that draws a critical mass of gaming enthusiasts from all over the globe," said Shinji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "This year, we want to build buzz ahead of E3 by hosting our own Pre-E3 show that will tie the viewing party attendees from each city with online viewers through Flickr, Twitter and Facebook."

To mark the debut of the first annual KONAMI Pre-E3 Show 2011, the viewing events in each city will give a select number of journalists, gamers and KONAMI fans a front row seat to a big-screen viewing experience that will showcase for the first time, new company announcements, exclusive interviews with developers, and never-before-seen game trailers. More cities, viewing event venue locations and online registration details will be announced soon!

Additionally, this year's KONAMI Pre-E3 Show 2011 will be simulcast exclusively on several major online sites and gaming broadcast outlets around the world. KONAMI will also promote and stream footage and updates from the festivities on KONAMI.com.

Computer and video game companies, business partners, media and industry analysts from over 90 countries will converge on the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 7, 2011 to June 9, 2011 to attend this year's E3. The event is one of the largest conventions held in Los Angeles. Last year E3 attracted about 45,000 attendees and nearly 400 exhibitors.

For more information on KONAMI's Pre-E3 Show 2011, please be sure to check out the company website at www.konami.com/e3.

About KONAMI Group
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties. Konami's titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. KONAMI CORPORATION is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami can be found at http://www.konami.com.
KONAMI is a registered trademark of KONAMI CORPORATION.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.