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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    Anonymous Coward, 31 Jul 2006 @ 6:35am

    They lost, so they quit.

    Well of course they want to leave the expo.

    Sony and Microsoft got nothing but bad press out of E3 this time around. Why? because they deserved it, but only when compared to Nintendo, who actually showed they knew what it took to put on a good exhibit (First: have a product/concpet/innovation worth exhibiting).

    It comes as no suprise at all that exhibitors would want to stop paying for bad press. Is it a sad day? I don't think so. I couldnt care less about exhibitions anyway. I only went for the booth babes.

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