The Electronic Entertainment Expo – or E3 – is the biggest gaming event of the year; virtually every publisher and developer goes to the E3 and presents their games to the hordes of gaming journalists. This year, for the first time ever, it changes.
E3 is now accessible to the consumers – the folks who will be buying the games revealed, teased, and showcased at E3 every year.
Attendees will be able to explore the show floor, play unreleased games, and attend several panels and other events – including the massive keynotes.
The gaming industry can easily rival the clout of the movie industry – at least when it comes to the money; talent from the movie industry has also flowed into the gaming industry.
Cloud Imperium Games’ upcoming Squadron 42 title, for example, feature several Hollywood-mammoths like Gillian Anderson, Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Mark Hamill, Liam Cunningham, Rhona Mitra – the list goes on.
E3 has the potential to assimilate into the current pop culture – as Comic Con has, but there’s more to it.
The VR industry is new, but it’s growing, and it will continue to do so; Oculus Rift and HTC Vive started the VR revolution, but while they have brought VR to those who can afford it, it still hasn’t hit the mainstream.
Microsoft will do just that: several OEM’s are preparing to bring affordable VR headsets into the market, making VR possible for the masses.
The only problem is: VR often requires hands-on experience. It’s not easy to convince gamers about VR – often it can even cause motion sickness, and quite severe ones too in some cases.
E3 is the largest gaming event of the year – turning it into a convention for the public will not only make gaming more accessible, but also allow the developers, publishers, and hardware manufacturers, to advertise their products and gain feedback.
It’s very much alike to the idea of CES – except, this one is for gamers.
Starting from Monday, 13th of February, the Entertainment Software Association will open up the sale of 15,000 tickets for E3.
The first 1,000 tickets will be sold at an early-bird discounted price of $149 each; the rest will be at $249 each.
These tickets will be for all three E3 days and will grant full access to the show floor.
Additionally, there’s also a business pass; business pass owners will receive exclusive benefits like access to the VIP Business Lounge and a dedicated entrance.
YouTubers and Twitch streamers shall still register as part of the media.
These tickets will be available to purchase at E3’s official website – just have to be patient, and quick; perhaps try treating it as a game.