E3 2017 To Be Open to the Public For the First Time

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

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The Entertainment Software Association has announced today that E3 will be open to the public for the first time this year, and will have up to 15,000 tickets available for purchase when they go on sale next week on February 13. Tickets will cost you $250, but if you get the early bird discount on that day, you’ll shave $100 off the price. E3 had an outdoor public area last year with some video game related activities and events, but it remained for the most part a media and industry-only show.

What do you think about letting in a sizable additional crowd for E3 2017? Is it a good or a bad thing? Let us know your thoughts below.


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  • Mr0303

    Interesting move. This could deteriorate the quality of the audience during the presentations, but they couldn’t be much worse than some of the journos.

    • Joe

      Public won’t be allowed into the conferences, those are invite only.

    • Mr0303

      I see. It makes a bit more sense in that case.

    • Panpopo

      Every year during those presentations people are hooting and hollering like a bunch of cheerleaders anyway. Nowadays I don’t see much of a difference between journos and the general public so opening to the public will make a negligible difference for this event imo.

    • Mr0303

      Yeah, that was my point. Plus apparently the conferences will not be open to the public.

    • Paychi

      I was gonna say, “except game journalists don’t actually like good games” but then I remembered that the typical “gamer” eats up the AAA trash like flies on shit. So yeah. Not much difference. lol

  • Panpopo

    People will have to secure a ticket, then make accommodations to be in LA. Unless you live close in the area I don’t think it will be a big deal – maybe people will not think it is worth it. I’ll stick with PAX.

    Also, cramming in all those people? No thank you.

    • Joe

      The lines will get a lot worse, and they were already pretty big for the main event titles.

    • Panpopo

      I could see companies scheduling appointments in advance. Otherwise, fighting with the general public will be like at PAX – for the big titles, you may have to wait all day. Good luck if you go. Maybe next year it won’t be open for everyone every day – it would make sense to not have it open for the public for the first day or so. I envision a lot of complaints from the press so they may make changes.

  • E3 is so desperate to stay relevant that it is sad.

  • Wow, they have to open it for us, it’s annoying you want to go see the news and not be able to.
    I do not think they are wrong.

  • Not only is E3 becoming less relevant, this is another sign that traditional games media is becoming irrelevant as well.

  • James McEneely

    E3 used to be open to the public over a decade ago. I remember routinely sending in the contest card in my Nintendo Power magazine hoping to be the lucky winner who got to go. And then they closed it to the public sometime around the Gamecube, if I recall correctly.