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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    Sir KnyghtMare, 1 Aug 2006 @ 9:54am

    Just like the telco's.

    The reason the attending companies are leaving the expo seems to be alot like the telco's that techdirt reminds us of so dutifully. They are failing to innovate. They trot out the same tripe year after year and get less of a reaction each time.

    There was a time when E3 was magical, every kid who knew about video games wanted to go. There was something worth going for!

    Now we get video's of PlayStation3, video's of Metal Gear Solid and video's of how well the next nVidia/ATI card is, for somebody's new platform.
    The kids no longer crave the E3 experiance. There's nothing worth anything there. It's all the same crap they pulled out last year and the year before and the year before that.

    If they innovated, created something new in the space, they would attend E3, they would have to show it off and get, maybe, some well deserved hype from the "hype machine" that is E3. The same hype for the same old products just doesn't cut it.

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