Forget The Lack Of Booth Babes; Next E3 May Be Missing Exhibitors

from the and-so-it-goes dept

Running a big conference ain't easy -- especially in the tech field. Even Comdex died eventually -- though it had clearly been on the decline well before the final towel was thrown (to Greece, apparently). However, it's still a bit surprising to potentially see a similar fate hit E3, the big video gaming conference held every spring. While there are conflicting reports concerning whether or not the show has simply been scaled back to bring it back to its roots, or if that's simply an attempt by the organizers to save face after all major exhibitors pulled out, it certainly sounds like some of the messy behind-the-scenes politics of conference culture is reaching the public. More details are supposed to be released later in the day Monday, but from what's been said, it appears to be a case where the various exhibitors teamed up to try to get a better deal out of the Entertainment Software Association, who perhaps thought they were bluffing -- leading the exhibitors to prove they were not. Of course, many people perhaps felt that E3 headed downhill after announcing its (mostly ignored) plans to ban "booth babes" at the last event.

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    BillDivX, 31 Jul 2006 @ 9:40am

    I disagree with the booth babes.

    Rich executives work so hard to be rich executives for one reason: to enjoy hot women. If you think booth babes don't matter, think again. I work at DivX. We participate in CES every year. I've been on the floor at CES, and, since I work at DivX in particular, we get a lot of friendliness from another group that has their conference the same weekend: AVN. yeah, just in case all of you didn't know, first week in January, Vegas, there's CES, and there's AVN (that's the adult video network). Do you REALLY think it's a coincidence that the bigwigs running CES, and all the CEOs of all the companies that back it and participate in it, PAID EXTRA for a long term commitment on the convention center for THAT weekend? Of course it's not. Just because a show isn't for the public, doesn't mean that employees(and employers!) aren't willing to pay extra to see some T&A. And people aren't immune to it as a marketing ploy, either, even if they are on an employer's time, so it still makes for a very effective draw into your booth.

    There is no experience as amazing (or hilarious) as seeing Ron Jeremy walking through the Venetian with an entourage of about 10 nearly-naked women.

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