The Entertainment Software Association says it will make ‘a big announcement’ regarding next year’s E3 tomorrow – with a new venue potentially on the cards.
E3 2013 is currently without a date, and the show’s traditional home at the Los Angeles Convention Centre is in jeopardy. The LACC’s West Hall – which is regularly packed with exhibitors such as Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft – may be demolished as part of a new $1bn stadium.
ESA’s communiations chief Rich Taylor tweeted this weekend: "On Monday I’ll be making a big announcement regarding E3 2013, so be sure to follow me for updates and spread the word.”
It follows words from the ESA president Michael Gallagher, who told the LA Times last month: "We’re still in discussions with the city of Los Angeles but we have a number of issues that still need to be resolved.
If we can’t resolve them, we are preparing to go elsewhere.
"We need assurances on things like square footage, the quality of the space, the ease of loading and unloading equipment, signage throughout the convention center for marketing and sponsorships.
"We love being in Los Angeles, but we also have a show to put on."
San Francisco, New York, Chicago and New Orleans have all been named as possible candidates for E3 2013.
E3 has taken place in Los Angeles for 16 of the show’s 18 years.