E3 is Open to the Public for the First Time This Year

Entry will include access to the entire show floor, as well as panel discussions and various other events starting on the Tuesday through Thursday of the E3 week.

For the first time in the history of the most important event in the video game industry the doors of the show will be open to anyone who purchases their tickets. Technically, there are physically larger trade shows devoted to video games - such as Gamescom or Tokyo Game Show - but those are also semi-public events. We know the convention is staying in L.A. for a while, at least, as the ESA signed a deal to keep the convention there until 2021.

The move to open E3 to the public comes after EA, Activision, and Wargaming dropped out a year ago. It should also be noted that those consumer passes are considerably cheaper than last year's $995 professional tickets; additional pricing for 2017 has yet to be announced.

For those interested in purchasing tickets, they can visit the official website of E3 - www.e3expo.com and make their purchases. They haven't officially confirmed that E3 2018 and future E3 expos will be open to the public, so get in while you can!

And it's a bit costly, at $250 (or $150 for the first 1,000 tickets). The ESA and Geoff Keighley are partnering to provide attendees with access to special benefits that are associated with Keighley's E3 programming.

Dating back to 1995, E3 is an annual business gathering for games industry publishers and developers.

Consumer tickets to go on sale on February 13. People have been dreaming of getting into E3 for years.

[E3 Live showed that fans] wanted to play the games inside the convention center.

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  • Tracy Ferguson