E3 2018 posts highest attendance since 2005

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Last week’s E3 2018 Show claimed its highest attendance since 2005, with over 69,200 people passing through its doors.

The US videogame industry trade body, the ESA, issued a statement proclaiming the show a success. ESA president and CEO Michael D. Gallagher said: “E3 2018 was an enormous success, amplified by the thousands of gamers in attendance and millions more around the world who watched online. E3 2018 reinforced the cultural prominence of video games for a global audience. Congratulations to our innovative exhibitors, members, and partners and to the millions of gamers who celebrated a spectacular E3 with us.”

The ESA also revealed that next year’s E3 Show will take place on June 11 to 13, 2019. Of the 69,200 attendees, 15,000 were gamers, as opposed to games industry professionals and media. Overall attendance was up by roughly 800 on 2017 – the first year in which members of the public were admitted to the show – but just shy of 2005’s 70,000 peak attendance. 

The ESA highlighted how the show offered attendees: “The chance to connect with the biggest names in video games and special guests from the world of entertainment at E3 Coliseum, including Westworld series creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, Elijah Wood, Amy Hennig, Darren Aronofsky, Jack Black, Hideo Kojima, and Camilla Luddington.” 

With E3 one and dusted for another year, attention will now shift to the Gamescom show in Cologne, due to take place between 21 and 25 August 2018. Naturally, we’ll bring you all the news from that when it takes place.