Activision Returns To E3

Andy Chalk

One Flag, One Fleet, One Cat
Nov 12, 2002
Activision Returns To E3

Guess who's back? dropping its ESA membership [] and declining to take part in the 2008 show.

The resoundingly negative [], and for 2009 the ESA decided to bring back at least some of the extravagance that hallmarked earlier shows.

"The 2009 E3 Expo will be the preeminent North American computer and video game event," ESA Chief Executive Michael Gallagher said in the announcement. "With robust exhibitor sales, high attendee interest, and strong commitments from multiple industry sectors, we are going to ensure the full excitement and energy of this industry is on display."

Despite taking part in E3, however, Activision apparently hasn't yet rejoined the ESA, nor has dropped its ESA membership [] in 2008 but still took part in E3 that year and will be returning in 2009. The exhibitors list is not yet finalized, but highlights include:

Activision Blizzard, Inc.
Atari, Inc.
Atlus U.S.A., Inc.
Bethesda Softworks LLC
Capcom Entertainment, Inc.
Disney Interactive Studios, Inc.
Eidos Interactive
Electronic Arts, Inc.
Epic Games, Inc.
505 Games
KOEI Corporation
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC
Majesco Entertainment Company
Microsoft Corporation
Midway Games Inc.
MTV Games
Namco Bandai Games America Inc.
Nintendo of America, Inc.
Sega of America, Inc.
Serious Games
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Sony Online Entertainment LLC
Square Enix, Inc.
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
THQ Inc.
Ubisoft Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc.

Whether other high-profile ESA refugees like [].