Michael Gallagher, the president of the Entertainment Software Association, said at a media dinner, “E3 is a world class show that deserves a world class venue. The Los Angeles Convention Center is no longer a top-tier property.”

There are a few issues the ESA has run into with the LA Convention Center. The challenge of reserving a hotel room has become more of a problem for the attendees that have traveled far; even though a large hotel is currently under construction, it still won’t be enough when finished. Another concern is that the convention center’s spread out floor plan requires long walking distances between appointments. The old age of the convention center has also become a complication. “[The center’s West Hall is] a challenging place to put on an engaging experience,” says Gallagher.

E3 has been held in LA for 17 out of its 19 years running. Most game publishers work in Los Angeles and San Francisco, so having the event take place in the California area has made the travel expenses less of an issue for them.

“We’ll consider all cities that can improve the experience”

Gallagher had mentioned changing E3’s venue before in 2012, due to the unresolved issues at the time surrounding the pending construction of Farmers Field and the newly reconstructed convention center. The ESA was looking into San Francisco, New York, New Orleans, and Chicago. Chicago almost became the new home of E3, but in the end Gallagher signed a three-year agreement to continue using the Los Angeles Convention Center as the venue. That deal expires in 2015. “The time to make this decision is relatively short,” Gallagher stated. “We’ll consider all cities that can improve the experience.”

Gallagher has not yet named other cities the ESA is considering. He has, however, indicated that they were looking into other venues in the greater LA area.

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  • SkateRyan

    Dallas would welcome such an event! Plenty of world-class venues in Big D!

    • eldigato

      lol no

      • SkateRyan

        Why not? It’s a really nice city with multiple high-end venues for a show like E3. June weather in Dallas is actually pretty nice. The temperature is usually within between 85-90 degrees (75-80 when rainy).

        DART is a really great public transit system made up of light rail, buses, and shuttle services. Having an event like E3 could even finally push them to expand the light rail like everyone wants them to.

        Dallas is home to several game design studios, including id and Gearbox. It’s also home to two great game design schools—ATEC at UT Dallas and Guildhall at SMU.

        If this falls into the “I don’t want to go there, because Texas is a red state” category, you’ll be happy to know that Dallas is only a slightly lighter shade of blue than Austin.

        • I’ve already lived in Texas, namely Abilene from 2000~2002. The only blue states I like are Washington, Oregon, Maine, maybe Colorado.

          • SkateRyan

            There’s your problem. You’re basing your opinion of Texas on a small town. I’m from a small town in Texas, so I know that things out there can be pretty backwards.

            However, the metropolitan areas like Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio are typically very nice and accomodating. My only issue with these areas of the state is the insane heat during the final months of summer.

            Also, your view of Texas is 12 years old. You don’t think anything has changed in 12 years?

  • Josh Tiller

    Yuh! Dallas and us Friendly Texans would welcome E3 with open arms and a supreme cut of Prime rib! ^_^

    • eldigato

      Well I doubt E3 would want to subject any of their loyal participants to a wasteland like texas.

      • SkateRyan

        Someone’s a little biased against Texas.

        • I’ve had to live there for 2 years. 2 damned years misery wasted in a hostile and backwards wasteland.

          • SkateRyan

            I’ve had to live here for 27 years. Trust me, I know how backwards this state can be in certain areas, but Dallas isn’t one of them. Well, unless you’re in certain suburbs.

  • Glimdo

    E3 would be amazing here in NO would so like to at least see it in person

  • Fuzzylittlebastard

    Seattle? I mean, Both Microsoft AND Nintendo of America are based there.

    • eldigato

      I second this motion

  • Basha Ahmed-Courchesne

    MONTREAL

  • Jarkes

    Well, it’s been in places other than LA many times before… I think one time it was even in Atlanta…

    Personally, I think it’d be pretty cool if it was in Nashville at some point…

  • Baker1000

    Move it to England…
    What? A boy can’t dream?

    • CEObrainz

      An event in London would be insane…then I would have a slightly bigger chance of meeting Shigeru Miyamoto.

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