As quickly as it came, we bid another farewell to E3 2015. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which oversees the event, announced Thursday that more than 52,200 attended this year’s event which was made up of developers, analyst, journalists and game enthusiasts from over 109 countries. That’s a lot of people. To put that into perspective, 60,000 people attended WonderCon in Anaheim back in April.
However, that was up from the 48,900 attendees from 2014. Many people were suspecting that E3 was looking to move away from Los Angeles after this year’s event, but it seems that it will be coming back to the Los Angeles Convention Center in June 2016.
“More than any other E3, this year was about the gamer,” ESA president Michael Gallagher said in a statement. “E3 demonstrated both the remarkable transformation of entertainment taking place on all video game platforms–virtual reality, augmented reality, hardware, mobile, and handheld–and awesome games.”
For many people not in the business, E3 is watched via various media sources or live-streaming the event through various developers web channels like PlayStation or EA. It seems that the event will cater more to the people that report or work in the business as opposed to letting the general public come in and join in the festivities.
Many people still complain that the event is closed to the public but this is the same situation with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas every January. CES is one of those shows that is closed to the public. It may be better this way to allow people to experience the technology and help build up the hype for when the stuff is released later this year or next. Let us know what you think about that in the comments.