CEA contemplates E3 substitute

E3 hasn’t been killed off entirely as some predicted, but it will
undergo some drastic changes, including becoming an invitation-only event. This metamorphosis
has left a gaping hole where the old E3 used to be, and the
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is looking
to see whether it can fill the void
. The CEA owns and produces the
International Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, which was the biggest
gaming show in the U.S. before E3. CES actually predates E3 by close to
30 years.

Following news of E3’s shift in focus, the CEA says it received many inquiries
about whether it can provide a substitute for small video game
companies. As a result, the CEA has announced that it has set up an
advisory committee that will “explore the viability of a West Coast
event in late spring 2007 focused on the gaming and entertainment
marketplace.” The committee will listen to industry and community
feedback, and an event in Las Vegas or Los Angeles could be born if
there is a strong enough push for it.

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