E3 2013 is, sadly, over. Of course, that doesn’t mean our E3 coverage is over, as we’ll finally be able to type up all the previews and interviews from the show, but the major console announcements are behind us.
The people behind E3, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), have released some stats about the event now that it has finished:
- 48,200 video game industry professionals, investor analysts and journalists attended
- Retailers from 102 countries attended (81 of which must be disappointed)
- E3 resulted in an estimated 28,000 total hotel room nights and generated nearly $40 million in revenue for the city
- Approximately 230 exhibitors showcased content
Two universities tied to win the inaugural E3 College Game Competition, after over 60 entered. The winners, Lost in Thought from Savannah College of Art and Design and Flash Frozen from The University of Wisconsin-Stout were chosen by a judging panel.
Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA, said:
This year’s E3 showcased the best that our industry has to offer and channeled the immense energy, drive, and enthusiasm for video games onto a global stage. Thanks to our members and exhibitors’ boundless capacity for innovation, billions of consumers are seeing the future of our industry through this outstanding landscape of creativity, technology and content.
Finally, the ESA announced that E3 2014 will occur from June 10th to June 12th, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center (the same venue it was this year). While it wasn’t announced, expect the platform holders to host their conferences the day before (June 9th), like they do most years.
We’ll be there.