Washington, DC - October 22,
2008 - The 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) will take place from June 2-4, 2009, at the Los Angeles Convention Center
(LACC), the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced today. The expanded E3 will welcome all qualified computer
and video game industry audiences, including international and U.S.-based media, analysts, retailers, developers and business
partners to preview the latest in interactive entertainment and technology.
"Video games are the fastest growing
and most compelling sector of the entertainment industry. And, this upgraded event will reflect the growth, innovation and
excitement of our industry," said Michael D. Gallagher, CEO of the ESA, which represents US computer and video game publishers
and organizes the annual event. "The breadth, scope and quality of the changes made to the show will make E3 the must-attend
event of the year."
"The E3 Expo will be the pre-eminent North American gaming show next year. The new, larger
event is better for industry leaders and for serious gamers," commented John Riccitiello, CEO of Electronic Arts.
conducting both qualitative and quantitative research, ESA officials stated changes were necessary to better meet the needs
of both exhibitors and attendees these changes include increased booth sizes, increased qualified audiences, and an intensified
focus on reinforcing the high-octane growth, innovation, and captivating entertainment that are driving the computer and video
"The video game business will be twice as big in 2009 as it was in 2006 when we had the last real
E3 Expo - so get ready for some fireworks!" said Laurent Detoc, president of Ubisoft North America. "The changes
made will ensure that the 2009 E3 Expo conveys the best of what makes us proud as entertainment leaders."
said IDG World Expo, whose principals have operated E3 since its inception in 1995, will produce the event with the ESA.
event will be open to ESA members and non-members alike. Organizers noted they are expanding the list of companies eligible
to participate. Companies involved in console, PC, online, and mobile game publishing and developing, qualified business partners,
as well as makers of video game hardware and peripherals can exhibit.
Additional details, including registration, hotel
and travel accommodations, and media credentialing, will be forthcoming in the next few weeks and will be available at www.E3Expo.com
E3 Expo is the world's premiere trade show for computer and video games and
related products. The show is owned by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the U.S. association dedicated to serving
the business and public affairs needs of the companies, publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices,
personal computers, and the Internet. For more information, please visit www.e3expo.com or www.theesa.com.
The Entertainment Software Association is the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business
and public affairs needs of companies publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers,
and the Internet. The ESA offers services to interactive entertainment software publishers including a global anti-piracy
program, owning the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), business and consumer research, federal and state government relations,
First Amendment and intellectual property protection efforts. For more information, please visit www.theESA.com.
IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) is a leading producer of tradeshows and events
for professionals and consumers seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG
World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Entertainment For All® (E For All®), E3 Media & Business
Summit, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo®, Next Generation Data CenterTM
(NGDCTM) and REVEAL Los Angeles... The Fashion & Design EventTM. IDG World Expo is a business unit
of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.