Back in July, it was announced that ReedPop, the organizer behind PAX, would be taking over E3 going forward. Those with wonderful memories of E3 have been anxious to know what the event will look like going forward, as there hasn’t been an in-person event in four long years. Today, we learned that the E3 2023 will be returning to the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 13 until June 16, though it may look a little different than many might remember.
Upon taking over the event, ReedPop listed three major objectives for the revamped E3. First and foremost, the team wants to make the event better for businesses, making it easier to meet people, connect, and conduct interviews. They also want to incorporate more fun events for fans and consumers, while partnering and supporting all companies announcing games during E3, regardless of whether or not they are officially involved with the event.
June 13 and 14 will be reserved exclusively for the business side of the event. June 15 will be a hybrid business and consumer day, while June 16 will be exclusively for consumers.
Half of the convention center will be entirely reserved for business and will feature more quiet and comfortable booths and more areas to connect and do some serious networking. Those who have attended E3 in the past will find the other half of the convention center very similar to how it was in the past. An E3 app will be launched in the near future, and this will be used to access a dedicated meeting space.
Indie developers will find it easier to showcase their titles in the Concourse Hall this time around, which will also be open to consumers. A number of game presentations will also be streamed for those unable to attend in person during the last two days of the event.
Summer Game Fest, hosted by Geoff Keighley, will likely be held in person again in 2023 and may take place during the same window as E3 2023.
ReedPop’s head of games B2B Christopher Dring gave some more personal details and insights in a post on gamesindustry.biz.
“If I could plan the perfect E3, everything would take place in one space over five days. And there would be no need to book hotel rooms over the weekend, or having to continually jump in and out of buildings,” Dring said. ” But that’s not the reality. Some games companies want to showcase in different spaces and at different times. And that’s absolutely their right. E3 will officially partner with as many of these other events as will have it, and for free. But even those who aren’t joining officially, it will still support the games and companies within those shows.”