The Electronic Software Association (ESA) hopes to rebrand E3 as a “fan, media, and influencer festival” in 2020, according to a report by GameDaily.biz. The article also indicates that members of the lobbying organization have approved the sale of an additional 10,000 badges for the public, bringing the total consumer attendance to 25,000. These and other conclusions were drawn from a slide deck allegedly created by the ESA to pitch the proposal to member organizations. Polygon has not independently authenticated the deck.
According to the report, members of the ESA — which include Activision Blizzard, Bethesda, Bungie, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Microsoft, Sony PlayStation, Ubisoft, and Wizards of the Coast, among others — approved the proposal to add more consumer tickets to the show. That may lead to a bifurcated E3 experience, with an industry-only day followed by several general admission days. The change would bring the event in line with Gamescom, Europe’s largest gaming convention.
Other changes to the event could include an app-based reservation system for game demos, entertainment opportunities for fans waiting in line, and charitable efforts led by high-profile gaming influencers.
The deck also included a slide listing Tech Impact, a series of reported segments produced by Maram Entertainment, as paid promotional advertisements for E3. Maram’s YouTube channel does not feature disclosures marking the content as promotional, and it’s unclear if disclosures were made during airings on CNBC during the convention.
Polygon has reached out to the ESA and Maram Entertainment for confirmation and clarification.
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