For the first time since 1995 the Electronic Entertainment Expo will be made available to the public. 15,000 passes will be allotted to the public and will go on sale February 13th. Passes will retail for $250, however there is an early registration for $150 on day one, tickets will be available on E3’s official site.

Passes will include access to the show floor, panels, and other events from Tuesday to Thursday during the expo. E3 tried their hand a free event last year known as E3 Live. E3 live was held outside the convention center and was limited in what it showed, however these passes will grant full access to all of what E3 has to offer.

Rich Taylor told GameSpot “The feedback we heard was clear–they wanted to play the games inside the convention center. In addition, exhibitors inside the convention center wanted to have access to the fans. So this year we’re bringing the two together,”

While many have questioned “Does E3 still matter?” Rich Taylor addressed that concern, ” I think there are those who always enjoy questioning those at the top of the leaderboard…E3 has a reputation around the world as the place where video game hardware and software launches happen. Last year, E3 generated more than 65 billion media impressions around the globe. That doesn’t happen accidentally, and it’s a testament to E3’s strength, its connection to the fans, and the event’s position in the industry.”

It appears that E3 will be going nowhere, while they are unsure if it will be open to the public next year. It should be looked at as a “commitment of where [the ESA is] heading and [its] desire to respond to exhibitors and consumers.”

E3 will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 13-15. Consumer tickets will go fast, so make sure to act quickly.

Let us know in the comments below if you plan to go to the big show. If you can’t attend make sure to keep checking New Gamer Nation for all the coverage about and coming out of E3 in the near future.

Source: Gamespot

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