Posted on June 8, 2012 AT 07:13pm
Everyone knows by now that E3 is basically the Meca of video game conventions. This year the event drew almost fifty thousand gamers, industry leaders, and journalists from across the globe, filling several thousand rooms in hotels all over the city. Bars and restaurants get a boost in sales around the area from the influx of people; public transit also gets a little extra as well because of the added foot traffic. All in all, E3 is a one great big boon to L.A, bringing in forty million dollars in the span of a week on a yearly basis.
And now they might be losing it.
Right now, there is a rumor spreading through the woodworks that the relationship between the Entertainment Software Association and the city of Los Angeles is hitting some rough patches. The problems stem from the ESA’s concerns over the construction of the new Farmers Field project, a sports stadium and convention center project that will be built close to the current L.A. Convention Center.
The ESA is worried that access to E3 will be inhibited by the construction project. ESA head Michael Gallagher told the Los Angeles Times, ”We’re still in discussions with the city of Los Angeles, but we have a number of issues that still need to be resolved. If we can’t resolve them, we are preparing to go elsewhere,” Gallagher said.
As of now, nothing has been confirmed as to where the convention would go if it did leave L.A. However, an anonymous source has told the LAtimes that the ESA is considering several cities such as San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and New Orleans as potential E3 hosts.
“We need assurances on things like square footage, the quality of the space, the ease of loading and unloading equipment, signage throughout the convention center for marketing and sponsorships,” Gallagher said. “We love being in Los Angeles, but we also have a show to put on.”
On one hand, I can’t help but think that leaving L.A. would make the next E3 a little uncomfortable for some people. On the other hand, if they do leave E3 will be closer to me and one more convention will be on the east coast and I’m certainly not about to complain about… no wait, I can. Come to Canada, everything is better here.
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