Next Generation broke the news yesterday that E3, the gaming industry's largest event, would cease to exist in its present form as major industry players pulled their support citing disappointment in the costs of the show. Shortly thereafter, Gamespot piled on writing that the show hadn't been cancelled, rather greatly downsized.
Now, the morning after, the ESA has spoken up and it appears they're both a little right. Next Generation sticks to their guns claiming, "In a release, the trade body also did not deny our reports that all major operators in the industry had pulled support." This would support their contention that the ESA had no choice but to spin the new, smaller E3 as an "evolution" instead of a last resort. Gamespot rode the downsize pony all the way into town, straplining, "Annual expo to become 'more intimate event,' focus on press events, small meetings." They also discuss the effect this downsizing will have on the city of Los Angeles and certain groups like cab drivers. Good stuff.
So smaller it is. Like the video game expo equivalent of Sodom and Gomorrah, E3 was too far gone. Too many booth babes, too much noise, too many crappy, plastic trinkets, too many long lines. Like angry deities, the gaming industry giants have crushed E3 from atop their Mount, only to see it rebuilt as a convention more in line with the modern gaming industry. Read on for the official ESA release, pasted after the break.
Read - ESA Confirms E3's Fall (Next Generation)
Read - ESA confirms smaller E3 in '07 (Gamespot)