Nearly 50K People Attend E3 This Week

The Entertainment Software Association released attendance numbers for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, which is still taking place in Los Angeles. According to the trade group representing the video games industry, 48,900 video game industry professionals, investor analysts, journalists, and retailers from more than 100 countries attended this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.

Approximately 200 exhibitors showcased the latest in computer and video game hardware and software, including the unveiling of the titles that will be the hottest computer and video games this holiday season and into 2015. E3 attendees secured more than 28,000 total hotel room nights and generated nearly $40 million in revenue for the city.

"The video game industry's explosive growth and technological innovation were front and center at E3 2014," said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of ESA, the owner and manager of E3. "Video games are the most innovative and engaging force driving our culture and entertainment experiences the world over. Congratulations to our incredibly creative members, partners, exhibitors, and the hundreds of millions of gamers who engaged with the show online and through social media."

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) was also announced today as the winner of the 2014 E3 College Game Competition. SCAD's video game, Prisma, was selected by a "blue-ribbon panel of industry professionals" as the best submission. This is the second winning year for SCAD, which was a co-winner in the 2013 competition.

More than 300 buyers from retail stores and chains worldwide participated in E3's VIP Retailer Program – a service that provides buyers concierge, travel, and hosting services.

E3 2015 will take place on June 16-18, 2015, in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The future of the event after 2015 is up for debate – the ESA said that ongoing construction at the venue may forth them to look for a new place for the show in 2016…

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