The ESA today released an up-to-date list of 2008 E3 Media and Business Summit exhibitors and confirmed through early RSVPs that attendance will reach an expected 4,000 visitors. "Clearly companies and attendees value what the E3 Summit offers that nobody else can," ESA CEO Michael D. Gallagher said in a statement that reads less like a pat on the back and more like a defense against cascading doubts posed by Activision's decision to withdraw
from the event and discontinue
its membership with the organization.
As previously reported
and reestablished today, NCsoft, Foundation 9 and Atlus will also skip the trip -- and id Software is still absent
from the list. However, LucasArts continues to remain present, despite declining
to renew its ESA membership. The complete list of "who's in" is posted after the break.