Kotaku reports that the ESA's board of directors is considering opening the trade-only E3 Expo to the general public.
That's not at all surprising, given that the show at the Los Angeles Convention Center was an unmitigated disaster this year. It's only natural that the ESA and its board would be evaluating their options.
GameSpot got a corporate-speak comment from ESA exec Rich Taylor on the issue:
As we do every year, the ESA solicits feedback and direction from exhibitors and attendees on how best to adapt and evolve the E3 Media & Business Summit to ensure it meets their needs. Each element of the Summit is opened for discussion, and that process is ongoing to execute a productive and efficient experience. Regarding today's published reports, the ESA does not comment on rumors and speculation, and will make an announcement about the details and logistics of the 2009 E3 Media & Business Summit at the appropriate time.