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2018 saw E3’s biggest attendance in over a decade

E3 2018 is already over and organiser ESA (Entertainment Software Association) has revealed it was a very successful year for the show, with over 69,200 people attending, including 15,000 consumers. It was very close to breaking the 2005 record, which saw over 70,000 people attending E3.

The attendance is on the rise compared to last year though, which saw 68,400 people gather at the Los Angeles Convention Center. E3 2018 featured over 200 exhibitors, the ESA further revealed, including 85 firms that were exhibiting at the event for the first time. Over 3,250 products were showcased.

E3 2019 has already been dated and will take place from June 11th to June 13th 2019, once again at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of ESA, commented: "E3 2018 was an enormous success, amplified by the thousands of gamers in attendance and millions more around the world who watched online. E3 2018 reinforced the cultural prominence of video games for a global audience. Congratulations to our innovative exhibitors, members, and partners and to the millions of gamers who celebrated a spectacular E3 with us."

E3 exhibitor and ESA member Epic Games added: "We had an amazing time celebrating Fortnite with our players and partners this year at E3. Bringing players together is an important part of what we do with Fortnite, and E3 is one of the best venues to connect face-to-face with fans, friends, and the industry."

About Marie Dealessandri

Marie Dealessandri is MCV’s senior staff writer, having joined the publication during its days as a weekly magazine. After testing the waters of the film industry in France and being a radio host and reporter in Canada, she settled for the games industry in London in 2015. She can be found (very) occasionally tweeting @mariedeal, usually on a loop about Baldur’s Gate, Hollow Knight and the Dead Cells soundtrack.

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