Today is a good day for gamers as the Senior vice president of consumer and industry affairs for E3 has announced that there are now slots allocated to the general public. This means that you no longer need to be in the industry or games press to attend E3 this year. Rich Taylor, senior vice president of consumer and industry affairs for E3, has told Polygon that 4,000 to 5,000 non-industry people will be invited to the show via invites given out by companies who are exhibiting at the event.
“This year, for the first time, there will be prosumers in the halls. While fans have been let into the show in small numbers over the years through contests, the ESA says this new policy is a first.
About 4,000 to 5,000 non-industry people will be invited to the show, Taylor said. The passes, good for full access to the length of the show, will be handed out by ESA member companies which are exhibiting on the floor. The number of passes a company gets is based on the size of its booth, and thus monetary contribution to the show.
“Member exhibitors each have an allotment of some passes that they are permitted to distribute to their valued customers.”
It would seem as though Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will not be attending E3 in Los Angeles next month. While Shigeru Miyamoto and other core Nintendo members will be at the gaming event, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will be concentrating on engagements in Japan. Iwata will be in contact with the Nintendo employees attending E3 and will also monitor internet reactions to some of the announcements we are going to get.
“Nintendo’s focus for E3 this year will be showcasing the many games we have coming for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Mr. Miyamoto and other members of our development team will be in Los Angeles to explain these games and the unique experiences that each offers. Mr. Iwata’s focus in this period will be on other areas of our business that require his presence in Japan.”
E3 2015 is fast approaching and it looks as though Best Buy might be privy to information regarding both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The retailer has begun listing E3 dummy SKU’s ahead of the event which are likely to be new bundles which will be announced during the Nintendo E3 Digital Event. Whether these will be bundles with unannounced games or alternatively ones with current games remains to be seen.
NeoGAF member Cheesemeister has rather handily put together a chart detailing when all the E3 press conferences begin. There’s no excuse to miss any of the conferences now as there’s time’s from each region. Fallout creators Bethesda will be kicking off E3 2015 with their conference which is at 2.30am UK time. Be sure to bookmark this page ready for E3.
Not content with holding a special E3 themed Nintendo Direct presentation to showcase new and upcoming games, the company will also be holding a business presentation to a select group of media. The business presentation will show off games coming this holiday season as well as a few games that will make their way to store shelves in 2016. The special business presentation is on June 16th between 9am and 10am PT and will run alongside the E3 Nintendo Direct.
Fred Savage is now a director, but had played one of the kids in the 1989 film called The Wizard, who travels to California to take part in a Nintendo video game competition. The whole film is practically one huge commercial for Nintendo. Now, after the announcement of Nintendo’s plans for the Nintendo World Championships, Savage has tweeted saying how he wants to go— bringing the plot of The Wizard to life. Who knows, maybe they could get the rest of the main cast of The Wizard to all go!
Square Enix have budged their E3 Press Conference ahead an hour, and will now be at 10am PDT instead of 9am PDT on June 16th. I’m going to take a guess and say it’s probably because they clashed with Nintendo’s Digital Event, and didn’t want fans of both to be split between them. So, now we don’t have to choose or try watch them both at the same time! Nintendo’s Digital Event is at 9am PDT/12pm EST/11am CT/6pm CEST/5pm UK and Square Enix’s conference is now an hour later, so mark your calendars.