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What is E3?

E3 is the world’s premier event for computer and video games and related products. The show is owned by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the US association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of the companies developing and publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the internet. For more information, please visit www.E3Expo.com or www.theESA.com.

Is the show open to the public?

Yes.  E3 is open to gamers on a first-come, first-served basis and passes are limited.

Industry professionals who are able to document their direct and current professional affiliation to the interactive entertainment industry may qualify for a complimentary industry pass.

Please note, there are new show hours for 2018.  Click here to view the hours for industry professionals and gamers.

Registration deadlines apply for all attendees.

When and where is E3 2018?

E3 is scheduled to take place June 12-14, 2018, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  Click here for show hours.
The Los Angeles Convention Center is located at the intersection of the Santa Monica and Harbor Freeways.

Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 213-741-1151
Fax: 213-765-4266

For directions and additional information visit the Los Angeles Convention Center website.

What is the cost to attend E3 2018?

 

Pass Type of Pass Price
Gamer 3-day Show Floor Pass $149 – Only 1,000 passes available 1st-come, 1st-served

$249 – After 1st 1,000 passes sold out; quantities limited

Industry Pass 3-day Show Floor Pass Complimentary for Qualified Industry Professionals* 
(Not available after 4/26/18)
Business Pass  3-day Show Floor Pass and various Business Pass benefits  $995


*Two forms of Industry ID must be provided.

What are the Registration Hours On-Site?

On-site Registration Hours:

DATE HOURS
Sunday, June 10, 2018 1:00PM – 6:00PM
Monday, June 11, 2018 8:00AM – 6:00PM
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 7:00AM – 7:00PM
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 7:00AM – 7:00PM
Thursday, June 14, 2018 7:00AM – 6:00PM

Gamer and Industry registration is located in the South Hall Lobby of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Media registration is located on the West side of the Los Angeles Convention Center, Petree Hall.

Exhibitor registration is located on the South side of the Los Angeles Convention Center, Kentia Foyer.

Badge Pick Up Counters are located outside both the South and West side of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

What are the Exhibit Floor Hours?

New Show Hours For 2018

DATE INDUSTRY HOURS* GAMER PASS HOURS
Tuesday, June 12th 11:00AM – 7:00PM 2:00PM-7:00PM
Wednesday, June 13th 9:00AM – 7:00PM 12:00PM-7:00PM
Thursday, June 14th 9:00AM – 6:00PM 9:00AM – 6:00PM
*Industry-Qualified Attendees, Media, Exhibitors, VIP Buyers and Business Pass Holders
What are the Second Floor Meeting Room Hours?

New Show Hours For 2018

DATE INDUSTRY HOURS* GAMER PASS HOURS
Tuesday, June 12th 11:00AM – 7:00PM 2:00PM-7:00PM
Wednesday, June 13th 9:00AM – 7:00PM 12:00PM-7:00PM
Thursday, June 14th 9:00AM – 6:00PM 9:00AM – 6:00PM
*Industry-Qualified Attendees, Media, Exhibitors, VIP Buyers and Business Pass Holders
Do You Check Identification On-Site?

All E3 Attendees will be required to show a government issued photo ID (driver’s license or passport) in order to pick up their badge and holder on-site to gain access to the event. Do not use a fictitious name. The name on your ID and the name on your badge must be the same. E3 Show Management and/or E3 Security Officers may request attendees show ID at any time.

Where can I see the products featured in the New Product Spotlight program?
Who is exhibiting at E3 2018?

Please click here for a list of E3 2018 participating companies.

How can I register for E3?

Click here to access the registration site.

I have pre-registered. When will I receive my badge?

E3 Attendee badges will NOT be mailed prior to the show. All Attendees must pick up their badge on site at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Confirmed registrants will receive a confirmation email with a barcode when their registration is finalized. Registrants should print the confirmation and bring it to the Los Angeles Convention Center On-site Registration where your barcode will be scanned to receive your printed badge and badge holder. Confirmation barcode can also be scanned from mobile devices. All Attendees must present a valid government issued photo ID (driver’s license or passport) to pick up your badge/badge holder.

Can I Bring a Child to the Show? Is there an age restriction?

No one under the age of 17 may purchase a pass to E3 and no one under the age of 17 (including infants) will be admitted. THIS POLICY IS STRICTLY ENFORCED. All E3 Attendees are required to show government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or passport) upon request to verify age.

When can I pick up my badge?

Attendees may pick up their badge and badge holders at any on-site Badge Pick-Up Counter located outside both the South and West Hall Lobbies. Badge Pick-Up Counters at the Los Angeles Convention Center will open on Sunday, June 10th at 1:00pm.

Save time and pick up your badge before the show floor opens!

Badge Pick-Up Counter hours of operation are:

DATE HOURS
Sunday, June 10, 2018 1:00PM – 6:00PM
Monday, June 11, 2018 8:00AM – 6:00PM
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 7:00AM – 7:00PM
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 7:00AM – 7:00PM
Thursday, June 14, 2018 7:00AM – 6:00PM
Who do I contact regarding air reservations and hotel reservations?

For hotel accomodations, please click here.

For additional travel resources, please click here.

Where should I park when I arrrive at the LACC?

The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) has 5500 parking spaces with easy public access. The parking fee is $25/day. In addition to the LACC parking, there are multiple lots available nearby, including at L.A. Live adjacent to the LACC.

What are the requirements for attending E3 2018?

Gamer passes will be available to purchase on a first-come, first-served basis and quantities are limited. Once gamer passes are sold out, gamer registration will be closed.

Industry professionals who submit their direct and current professional affiliation to the interactive entertainment industry may qualify for a complimentary industry pass. For more information click here.

No one under 17 will be admitted (including infants). This policy is strictly enforced.

Where is the Media Center?

Members of the press and industry analysts can enjoy the complimentary Media Center in Petree Hall.

Who should register as media for E3 2018?

E3 2018 media registration is open only to working journalists who are 17 years of age or older with an accredited media outlet.

No one under the age of 17 will be permitted, including infants. This policy is strictly enforced.

Qualifications of all media outlets will be determined by the E3 2018 media registration staff.

Employees of media outlets who do not work in an editorial capacity will not qualify for a media badge including: Art Directors, District Managers, Graphic Designers, Publishers, Managers, Social Media Managers, Marketing Representatives, Public Relations Personnel, Sales Representatives and Senior Level Managerial staff.

I have qualified as media and attended E3 in the past. Do I have to register again?

Yes. If you were qualified as media for previous E3 shows, you are not automatically guaranteed a media badge for E3 2018. You are required to submit new credentials each year to be considered for a media badge.

How do I register as media for E3 2018?

Media registration will open soon, please continue to check back. If you have any questions about E3’s media registration, please contact us:

Double Forte PR and Marketing
EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: 415-500-0630

How do I check the status of my registration request?

Once you have completed your registration and submitted your credentials you can log onto your E3 Media registration dashboard, using the username and password that you created during the registration process to check your status.

What are the credential requirements for an E3 2018 media badge?

Working journalists, 17 years old or older, that fall under one of the below categories may register for a media badge:

Print Media (Newspapers, Magazines, Newsletters, etc.):

To qualify as media, print journalists must provide ALL of the following:

  • A copy of your business card with name, editorial title and media outlet’s logo, and
  • A copy of your driver’s license or government issued photo identification clearly showing your name and date of birth (no one under 17 will be admitted)
    • International media must submit a copy of your passport, and
  • A bylined article from your publication written by you and published within the past three months (the copy must clearly show the name of your publication and your byline).
    • If possible, the E3 media team encourages all applicants to submit links to articles that appear online as well as in print.

*Note: For onsite registration please bring at least one complete issue, published within the past three months.

Freelance Journalists:

Freelance writers from unqualified media outlets will not be admitted. In order to qualify as media, we require that you provide ALL of the following:

  • A copy of your driver’s license or government issued photo identification clearly showing your name and date of birth (no one under 17 will be admitted)
    • International media must submit a copy of your passport, and
  • A letter from a publisher, editor or producer (on their letterhead) stating that you are covering E3 2018 on assignment, and
  • A bylined interactive entertainment industry-related article from your publication (above) written by you and published within the past three months (the copy must clearly show the name of the publication and your byline).

Online Reporters:

Web sites and podcasts must be previously established (fully launched and operational for at least six months) and updated regularly with original and current interactive entertainment industry news. To qualify as online media, please provide ALL of the following:

  • A copy of your driver’s license or government issued photo identification clearly showing your name and date of birth (no one under 17 will be admitted)
    • International media must submit a copy of your passport, and
  • A copy of your business card with name, editorial title and media outlet’s logo, and
  • URLs to your articles with your name and title appearing in an editorial capacity. Your articles must have been published within the past three months.

* Note: all online outlets must meet minimum site traffic requirements that vary from year to year depending on attendance. The E3 media team will use measurement sites including Similarweb.com, Quantcast.com and Alexa.com to evaluate each site’s traffic. The E3 media team cannot accept first party analytics.

Broadcast Journalists and Photographers:

Each member of a broadcast crew must register separately. To qualify as media, please provide ALL of the following:

  • A copy of your driver’s license or government issued photo identification clearly showing your name and date of birth (no one under 17 will be admitted)
    • International media must submit a copy of your passport, and
  • A copy of your business card with name, editorial title and media outlet’s logo, and
  • A letter from a producer/editor (on company letterhead) stating that you are covering E3 2018 on assignment.

Industry and Financial Analysts:

Please provide ALL of the following:

  • A copy of your driver’s license or government issued photo identification clearly showing your name and date of birth (no one under 17 will be admitted)
    • International media must submit a copy of your passport, and
  • A copy of your business card with name, title and company logo, and
  • A recent report or bulletin on interactive entertainment with your byline written within the past three months.

YouTube/Twitch Channels:

Please provide ALL of the following:

  • A copy of your driver’s license or government issued photo identification clearly showing your name and date of birth (no one under 17 will be admitted)
    • International media must submit a copy of your passport, and
  • A copy of your business card with name, title and company logo, and
  • Links to your channel/videos with your face clearly present. If you are a producer, director, or part of the production team, please proide a link where you are credited within the video or on the channel page.

*Note: All channels must meet a minimum number of subscribers and views per video to be considered for an E3 2018 media badge. The media team will also evaluate channels based on content produced, which should include original and current (within the past three months)interactive entertainment industry news (tips, cheats and walkthroughs are acceptable).

Production Companies:

Please provide ALL of the following:

  • A copy of your driver’s license or government issued photo identification clearly showing your name and date of birth (no one under 17 will be admitted)
    • International media must submit a copy of your passport, and
  • A copy of your business card with name, title and company logo, and
  • A letter (on company letterhead) from an editor/producer at a broadcast or editorial outlet stating that your company has been hired to cover E3 2018 on assignment and where coverage will appear, and
  • Links to three pieces of work you have previously produced.

*Note: Production companies MUST be hired by a broadcast or editorial outlet in order to be issued E3 2018 media badges. The E3 media team will not issue badges to companies who have not been hired by a broadcast or editorial outlet. If your company has been hired by an exhibitor at E3, please contact the E3 media team at [email protected] for more information.

Where do I send the above credential requirements?

During the E3 online registration process, you will be prompted to upload electronic versions of your media credentials. Registration will not be complete until all documents have been uploaded. The deadline for uploading your media credentials is Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Show management will contact you if your credential documents are approved or denied, or if additional information is required.

I am a journalist under age 17. Can I attend E3 2018?

No one under the age of 17 is permitted, including infants. This policy is strictly enforced.

If I miss the media registration deadline, can I register on-site?

Possibly. If the Los Angeles Convention Center hasn’t reached its maximum capacity and on-site registration is still open, you may register at E3 2018 on-site. You must bring photo identification and meet the appropriate credentials detailed above.

Qualifications of all media outlets will be determined by the E3 2018 media registration staff.

What facilities are available for media on-site at E3 2018?

The E3 2018 Media Center, in Petree Hall, offers convenient support for journalists covering the show free of charge. It features a fully equipped, large working newsroom including:

  • Mac and PC computers
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Wi-Fi network access
  • Standard office equipment
  • Photocopy machine
  • Media-only hospitality suite
  • Lockers
Who can I contact to answer my questions?

Please contact the E3 2018 media relations team at [email protected].

What access is granted with my media badge?

Your media badge will allow you access to the show floor, meeting rooms, media center, media hospitality suite, morning refreshments and lunch. Please note, morning refreshments and lunch is first come, first served.

Will my media badge grant me access to press conferences?

No. Off-site press conferences are by invitation only as determined by the individual companies. Please contact those companies directly.

When will the maps of the show floor be available?

E3 2018 floor plans will be available in May. Please continue to check back.

How do I change information on my media registration?

To make changes to your registration information for the show , please email the E3 media relations team at [email protected].

Attendees with Special Needs

If you require special services, please contact Show Management at 508-834-6201 to identify your special needs. All requests should be received by May 15, 2018, in order to ensure the availability of services.

Who owns E3?

E3 is owned and operated by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The ESA is the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies that publish computer and video games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet.

Where can I find more information about the computer and video game industry?

For more information about the computer and video game industry, please visit the Entertainment Software Association online at www.theesa.com.

Where can I find more information about E3?

For more information about E3, please contact the E3 media relations team at [email protected].

What are the requirements for applying for a complimentary industry pass as a member of the interactive entertainment industry?

Industry professionals who submit their direct and current professional affiliation to the interactive entertainment industry may qualify for a complimentary industry pass. For more information click here.

How many gamer passes will be available to consumers?

Gamer passes are available to purchase on a limited, first-come, first-served basis. Once gamer passes are sold out, gamer pass registration will be closed.

Where/how do I submit my industry credentials?

During the E3 online registration process, you will be prompted to upload electronic versions of your credentials. The documents can be uploaded at that time or you can choose to log back into your registration dashboard at a later date. The deadline for uploading your media credentials is April 26, 2018. Please note that your E3 registration will not be finalized until you provide your industry credentials for approval.

Show management will contact you if your credential documents are approved or denied, or if additional information is required.

How will I know if my request for complimentary registration as a member of the industry has been approved?

You will receive an email confirming or denying your registration request approximately three weeks after you successfully upload your two industry credentials – making your registration application complete. Show Management will contact you directly if additional information is required. The deadline for uploading your industry credentials is April 26, 2018.

I work in the industry but I missed the April 26th deadline for complimentary show floor admission. Can I still attend?

Yes. If the Los Angeles Convention Center hasn’t reached its maximum capacity and on-site registration is still open, you may register for a paid pass at E3 2018. You must bring a valid photo identification.

I am not in the industry but missed the April 26th registration deadline for an expo pass. Can I still attend?

No. Once the registration deadline has passed for paid expo passes, registration will be closed.

How can I receive a visa letter?

Attendee visa letters are distributed through the E3 registration system. In order to receive a visa letter, you will need to complete the entire registration process. All international registrants will be asked if they require a visa letter when completing the online registration form. A visa letter will be automatically emailed to all international guests when their registration is confirmed.

I cannot locate my confirmation email. Will I be able to pick up my badge on-site?

You can request a duplicate confirmation by logging onto your E3 attendee registration dashboard, using the username and password that you created during the registration process.

I reside outside of the U.S.; will I receive my badge in the mail?

No, badges will NOT be mailed to attendees residing outside of the U.S. International attendees (including Canada) can pick up their badge and badge holder at the International Registration counter located in the South Hall Lobby of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Translation services will be also available. All attendees must present a valid government issued photo ID (driver’s license or passport) when picking up their badge/badge holder.

What is the cancellation policy?

All registration fees are non-refundable.

My schedule has changed and I am unable to attend E3. Can I transfer my registration to someone else?

No. All E3 registrations are non-transferable. Badge swapping or sharing is strictly prohibited. Anyone found using another person’s badge will have the badge confiscated and will be asked to leave the premises.

Still have questions?

If you haven’t found an answer to your question in our FAQ, please email [email protected] or call 708-486-0718.  Thank you.

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