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E3 2013 Will Still Be Held in LA


Marcus Estrada

The Electronics Entertainment Expo, or E3, has been going on since 1995 and has spent most of its time in Los Angeles. There were a few times that the expo ventured elsewhere - such as Tokyo, Japan in 1996. Beyond that, the convention has stuck around in the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC). Lately, it seemed like the expo might have to move due to the construction due to start on the Farmers Field stadium.

 

All those wondering if E3 might be moving don't have to change their plans. Although E3 wasn't immediately given new dates at the end of the convention like it usually does, the Entertainment Software Association put out a press release today to assuage any worry. They confirmed that E3 is will be in LA all the way through to 2015. Next year's date was also finally announced as June 11-13.

 

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke about the importance of the convention in his city:

 

"The City of Los Angeles is thrilled to welcome E3 back for another three years. My office was committed to doing whatever it took to keep the largest annual conference that the City hosts here for another three years. I personally joined in the negotiations, and we worked with all parties to ensure the needs of E3 would be met. The City is grateful the Entertainment Software Association continues to view LA, the entertainment capital of the world, as the ideal location for the world's premiere video game convention."

 

When E3 makes some $40 million in revenue for the city it presents in, you can expect that no one would want to let it go. With three more years secured though, LA and the ESA both can relax. Unless something else big happens in 2016 we should probably expect the expo to stick around in the city.

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