E For All Looks Like E For Nobody

Andy Chalk

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E For All Looks Like E For Nobody


The E3 [http://www.eforallexpo.com/], is having serious trouble attracting major videogame publishers to its 2008 show, which takes place only five weeks from now.

Currently, only Microsoft and Electronic Arts are listed as major exhibitors on the E for All website, according to a report by Big Download [http://news.bigdownload.com/2008/08/25/most-major-game-publishers-bypassing-2008-e-for-all-expo/], but more troublesome for the show is the list of companies which said they have no plans to attend. PR reps for Sony, Midway, Atari, Sega, WBIE, NCsoft, LucasArts, Square Enix, Codemasters, Gamecock, Southpeak, Disney Interactive and Capcom all told the site they have no plans to attend E for All, as did THQ and Konami, who were present for the 2007 show. Representatives for Nintendo, 2K Games and Activision were not yet aware of whether or not their companies would attend, while Intel said it might put in an appearance, but only as part of the Dell touring truck exhibition.

The thin list of exhibitors seems especially bleak when compared with that of the upcoming Blizzcon [http://www.pennyarcadeexpo.com/], which takes place over the same weekend on October 11-12.

The bad news follows reports of record-setting crowds at the 2008 fared poorly [http://www.gc-germany.com/english] in the eyes of most, including high-profile industry figures like John Riccitiello and Laurent Detoc, who described it as "a pipe-fitters show in the basement."


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HomeAliveIn45

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Hey guys, come to this party, everyone's gonna be there! It'll be so much fun! Guys?!.... Guys?... awww man
 

Andy Chalk

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I just wonder how bad things have to get before someone at the ESA admits they got it wrong.
 

HobbesMkii

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Malygris post=7.69572.665200 said:
I just wonder how bad things have to get before someone at the ESA admits they got it wrong.
When no one goes to either show.
 

Spleeni

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Malygris post=7.69572.665200 said:
I just wonder how bad things have to get before someone at the ESA admits they got it wrong.
When the SNES 8000 comes out.