E For All Gets Detailed, Nintendo, Sony Confirmed

March 15, 2007

With E3 now taking a more covert road this summer, the door has been left open for another, more manic convention to swoop in and fill the void. This emptiness was filled earlier this year when officials from IDG World Expo announced the Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), scheduled to take place in from October 18-21 at the former E3 venue the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The public event, up until now, has remained much of a mystery, though today Gamasutra was [url=http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=13160]passed along some interesting information[/url], including a heads up that both Nintendo and Sony will be on hand – giving the event a great deal more creditability in the process. Both companies will have large booths at the show, though considerably less so than what media were used to wading through at E3. The entire E for All event has been relegated to the convention center’s South Hall, with the center’s Kentia Hall devoted to those companies wanting to sell their wares.

Other booths, according to available information, are currently “reserved by companies such as IDG Entertainment itself, Future Publishing, G4 and TechTV, DirecTV, and the World Series of Video Games Tournament.”

In addition, according to a statement by IDG on the [url=http://www.gamepro.com/news.cfm?article_id=106348]GamePro website[/url], tickets are expected to go on sale June 1, with pre-sale tickets going on sale a month earlier. Pricing for these tickets remains an unknown at this time. The event will also be home to yet another iteration of the long running Video Games Live concert series as well.

Sounds like a good time, though the idea of a public event alongside memories of how manic E3 had become with the public having the “sneak in” leaves me with more than a few reservations.