E3 Will Sell Consumer Passes To The Public This Year
Wanted to attend E3, but you weren’t an insider like a gaming journalist, content creator, or work for a gaming studio? If you weren’t one of those insiders, you were left watching streams, YouTube videos, or reading articles about all the coverage. It’s the way most conferences including SXSW and CES all work. However, E3 2017 is going to be different this year. ESA officials will sell 15,000 consumer passes to the general public.
It’ll be the first time a conference of this scale and reputation opens their doors to both the public and professionals at the same time. While game creators want fans to play their games and give them real world feedback; journalists and YouTubers are working to create content and share all the news around the event. Having the public and press mix is going to be interesting.
E3 Consumer Passes will start at $150 if you’re fast
Like I said, E3 will have 15,000 consumer passes, but starting on February 13 you can have a chance to buy 1 of 1,000 tickets being sold at $150. After the pre-sale period, the 14,000 tickets left remaining will go up for sale at $250 a piece. The price is fair considering trade shows like this go for $800 or more for industry attendees and cost exhibitors thousands of dollars. There are also unique benefits for ticket holders, but it’s unclear what those benefits are.
According to Polygon, ESA officials are pushing for online personalities (ie. Twitch streamers) to register as part of the media this year. The push for more media registration will force ESA officials to vet the media outlets, personalities, and content creators more closely. This means smaller outlets could get the boot for not having enough page views or video views.
E3 is quickly approaching on June 13-15 in Los Angeles. We’ll see all the newest games for PC, Xbox One, PS4, and the Nintendo Switch at the event. Tell us in the comments below if you’re going to buy a consumer pass for this years E3!