There are many events around the world that take place throughout the year. Some of them are only open to the press/media and those in the industry, while some are open to the public as well. E3 has not been one of those shows as it has over the years been pretty closed off to the public, but 2017 will change that.
In an announcement by its organizer, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), E3 for the first time ever will be open to the public starting with E3 2017. The organizers have announced that there will 15,000 tickets that will be made available to the public that will be going on sale come 13th of February, which is this coming Monday.
The tickets will be priced at $150 as an early bird discount, but if you miss out on that then you can expect to pay $250. It will provide gamers with access to the show floor, panel discussions, and other events that are expected to run throughout the week that E3 will be active. This decision finally addresses the call by the public to make E3 more accessible for those not in the industry.
According to ESA’s senior VP of communications Rich Taylor, “The feedback we heard was clear–they wanted to play the games inside the convention center. In addition, exhibitors inside the convention center wanted to have access to the fans. So this year we’re bringing the two together.” E3 2017 is expected to kick off from the 13th to the 15th of June, 2017, so head on over to its website if you’d like to learn more.