E3 2023 has announced the dates of its return, June 13-16 – with separate days (and halls) for press and public.
After three years of uncertainty, E3 returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center in 2023 for a personalized experience. Digital partner events will precede the physical expo (starting June 11), but the legendary event will run from Tuesday, June 13 to Friday, June 16.
While the recent E3s brought the business and consumer sides of the industry together in one event, E3 2023 will separate them into two fairly different parts. Tuesday, June 13 through Thursday, June 15 will be called E3 Business Days and will focus on industry professionals and gaming media.
Meanwhile, Thursday, June 15 and Friday, June 16 will be known as E3 Gamer Days, with a greater focus on consumers where they can “get hands-on with the future of gaming and connect with developers, content creators, media personalities and more.” “. Gamer Days will take place in a separate room next to Business Days.
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has teamed up with event production company ReedPop — which has been behind New York Comic Con, PAX, Star Wars Celebration and more — in hopes of bringing a much more focused and memorable E3 for businesses and fans alike.
“Our vision is to reunite the industry by reintroducing the traditional E3 week, bringing back that spark and re-establishing E3’s role as a truly magical global showcase event for game makers and consumers,” said Kyle Marsden- Kish, ReedPop’s VP gaming.
Despite once being the most famous and beloved annual event in gaming, E3 has been a point of controversy and instability in recent years. During the 2019 event, the personal information of more than 2,000 visitors became accessible to the general public on the official ESA website, while the COVID-19 pandemic has understandably halted the show since 2020.
Though it returned with a virtual event in 2021, a lack of coherence and meager showings left much to be desired, and the 2022 event was canceled altogether. Thankfully, it sounds like E3 2023 could be a return for a much-loved expo that was once so meaningful to millions of enthusiasts around the world.
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