Once again the Entertainment Software Association is hinting that it may very well end its relationship with the Los Angeles Convention Center for the Electronic Entertainment Expo if the venue's ongoing construction issues are not resolved.
The event has been held at the venue for a long time, but over the last several years the ESA has voiced concerns that its construction issues are making it difficult to continue hosting the annual event. The contract for E3 ends in 2015, and if the venue can't sort its issues out soon, the ESA may start looking elsewhere for a new venue, according to CNBC. The last time the ESA talked about moving to another venue was in 2012.
"E3 is a world class show that deserves a world class venue," said Michael Gallagher at a media dinner Sunday night. "The Los Angeles Convention Center is no longer a top-tier property."
Gallagher said the ESA will need to find a new venue for the 2016 show soon, because of the time it takes to organize E3 in advance.
"The time to make this decision is relatively short," he said. "We'll consider all cities that can improve the experience," he said.
Gallagher did not indicate what other cities the trade group that represent the video games industry is looking at but did say that the ESA is in talks with two venues in the greater LA area. Industry insiders familiar with the ESA's plans tell CNBC that that Chicago almost won E3 in the last round of negotiations and that San Francisco, New York and New Orleans were among the other candidates.
E3 has been held in LA for 17 of the last 19 years.