E3 attendance dips slightly in 2019

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E3 2019’s attendance was slightly down on that of E3 2018, according to official figures.

In a press release issued by E3 organizer the ESA, it was revealed that this year’s show was attended by 66,100 people – about 3,000 down on last year’s figure. Stanley Pierre-Louis, the ESA’s CEO, said: “E3 is where the video game industry’s biggest brands and biggest fans converge to shape the future. E3’s energy and excitement were felt in the halls, on the floors, and press conferences. We broke records, saw incredible innovations, and had breathtaking moments that entertained the world.”

The ESA also announced that next year’s E3 will take place between June 9 and 11 2020, once again at the Los Angeles Convention Centre. Among other information provided by the show’s organizers, we learned that this year, more than 200 companies exhibited, around a quarter of whom were at E3 for the first time. More than 3.2 million E3-related conversations took place on Twitter since the show kicked off, and the E3 Coliseum program of live talks attracted more than 1.2 million viewers.

But this year’s show saw some high profile absentees, most notably Sony for the first time in the show’s history, with EA holding its own EA Play event adjacent to but outside the show (which has been the case since 2016) and Nintendo skipping a formal press conference in favour of a Nintendo Direct video.

For more E3-related news, keep an eye on the show’s website.

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