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E3 could leave Los Angeles next year
E3 could leave Los Angeles next year
June 4, 2012 | By Eric Caoili

June 4, 2012 | By Eric Caoili
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Organizers for E3 may move the trade show outside of Los Angeles next year due to issues concerning the city's remodeling of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Taking place this week, E3 is one of the largest annual video game trade shows, helping generate some $40 million in direct spending for Los Angeles. The city has hosted E3 for 16 of the 18 years it has been running.

The Entertainment Software Association, which organizes the show, though, told the Los Angeles times that it's yet to resolve issues with the city over the planned Farmers Field stadium addition to the Convention Center.

"We need assurances on things like square footage, the quality of the space, the ease of loading and unloading equipment, signage throughout the convention center for marketing and sponsorships," said ESA president Michael Gallgher. "We love being in Los Angeles, but we also have a show to put on."

ESA is still in negotiations with the city over the matter, but it says the issues need to be addressed soon. Executives close to the group claim that other cities under consideration for hosting the show include San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and New Orleans.

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james sadler
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Should move it to Las Vegas if anything. Ample hotel space, much bigger convention center, and more of a "fun" spot for many of the guests. Granted June in Las Vegas isn't exactly fantastic weather.

Ed Macauley
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Yes please, Vegas. Not that I'm biased because I live here or anything. Hey and the high today is only projected to be 99. :)

Doug Poston
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Yes, come to Vegas.

It may be hot here but, once you're on the Strip, you never need to go outside anyhow. ;)

Sean Kiley
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Common and bring it back to Atlanta!

Philip Wilson
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I'm pretty sure that will NEVER happen again considering how much it bombed there plus the majority of the companies are on the West Coast.

Thomas Nocera
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May I suggest giving Tampa a chance at hosting it? Tampa Bay, host of several Super Bowls and this year's RNC, has a great airport, plenty of hotel rooms and the chance to watch sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. My second choice would be Charlotte.

kevin williams
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Organizers are concealing a more pressing issue regarding the number of AAA launches they will be dealing in 2013 - and the lack of hotel / event space deals they can organize.

Vegas would be even harder to control especially with the groups that would have their hand out for additional cuts.

Gut suggests San Diego - or Santa Monika for the next two! (hope not that hanger again!!)