Despite enjoying enormous success in the Los Angeles Convenetion Centre, the ESA is considering alternate venues for E3 2013 and beyond.
The LA Times reports the ESA has only one more year in contract with the LACC, and is considering other options thanks to planned construction in the centre’s West Hall.
“There have been other places we’ve looked at,” the ESA’s Rich Taylor said. “We don’t want our attendees to have to rappel across a construction quarry to get to a booth.”
LA city officials are negotiating to retain the event, which brings in an estimated $25 million in associated spending, like restaurants, transport, and temporary staff.
The Anschutz Entertainment Group, which is due to construct a new football stadium on the Convention Centre’s existing West Hall, has dropped an ultimatum on proceedings and said it will walk away from the project if no decision is made by July 31, rather than accomodate E3 and suffer interruptions it claims will blow out construction by a whole year.
Apart from two dismal events in Santa Monica in 2007 and 2008, E3 has always graced Los Angeles.
“There are other locations that would obviously love to have a show of this size in their backyards but thus far we feel we have a strong, mutually productive relationship with Los Angeles,” Taylor commented.
Overnight, the ESA announced a June 5-7 dating for E3 2012.