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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.

Sample Bag Sizes

No backpacks are allowed, and bag sizes may not exceed 12″x15″x6″.

What is E3 Coliseum?

The E3 Coliseum brings video game fans closer to their favorite games and creators. Held across all 3 days of E3, the E3 Coliseum celebrate the world’s most powerful form of entertainment with panels, conversations and other special events, produced by Geoff Keighley (The Game Awards).

Where does E3 Coliseum take place?

E3 Coliseum takes place at The Novo at L.A. Live.

What are the hours of E3 Coliseum?
DATE FIRST SESSION COLISEUM CLOSES
Tuesday, June 12th 10:00 AM 7:15 PM
Wednesday, June 13th 9:15 AM 7:15 PM
Thursday, June 14th 9:30 AM 4:00 PM
Where can I see a schedule of the panels?

Head to www.e3expo.com/coliseum or download the official E3 mobile app to see the most up to date listing of panels.

How do I get to E3 Coliseum from the E3 show floor at L.A. Convention Center?

E3 Coliseum is located at The Novo at L.A. Live., a short walk from the L.A. Convention Center. You can either walk up Figueroa St. or Georgia St. to L.A. Live. Plan for a 10 to 15 minute walk to get to the Coliseum.

What kind of badge is needed to gain entrance to E3 Coliseum?

Anyone with an official E3 badge is eligible for entry into E3 Coliseum. Badges will be scanned at the entrance to the theater. In the event of full capacity, priority entry will be given to consumer and business pass holders.

What will the wait times be to get into E3 Coliseum?

Based on last year’s E3 Coliseum, we expect that the majority of panels will be filled to capacity.  When the E3 Coliseum is at capacity, we admit guests on a “one out, one in” basis. This means that when an individual leaves E3 Coliseum, we try to admit the next person in the waiting line.

How long are the wait times to get into E3 Coliseum?

Wait times will vary throughout the day –  you may be able to walk right into E3 Coliseum, or you may have to wait in line. When E3 Coliseum is filled to capacity, a waiting line forms outside the venue. If you are hoping to get into a specific panel, we suggest you line up to attend earlier panels, which will give you a better chance of getting a seat in time. We do not clear the room between panels.

When do lineups for E3 Coliseum begin?

Lineups for E3 Coliseum begin each day no earlier than 7 AM PT at The Novo. Please do not camp out overnight. Lineups will begin at the main entrance to The Novo, and then extend down Figueroa St.

Where can I see a schedule for E3 Coliseum?

A full schedule is available at www.e3expo.com/coliseum and inside the official E3 App for iOS and Android.

Can I bring my bag or backpack into E3 Coliseum?

E3 Coliseum does not permit any bags or backpacks, no matter the size.  If you do have a bag, there is a bag check at E3 Expo that can hold your item while you attend E3 Coliseum. This policy will be strictly enforced.

Will the panels be streamed online?

Most panels at E3 Coliseum will be steamed on Facebook Live (Facebook.com/E3); Mixer (mixer.com/e3coliseum); Twitch (Twitch.tv), the official broadcaster of E3; Twitter (Twitter.com/e3); and YouTube (Youtube.com/e3). Select panels will be also streamed on official PlayStation channels.

Will you be clearing the room between panels?

E3 Coliseum will not be re-seated between panels. If you are hoping to see a specific panel, it’s a good idea to get to E3 Coliseum early and check wait times well in advance of the panel start time. Follow @e3 on Twitter during E3 Coliseum for updates on estimated wait times to gain entrance to E3 Coliseum.

Can I stay at E3 Coliseum all day in the same seat?

Yes, if you line up and get into E3 Coliseum, you can stay in your seat for the remainder of the day if you wish. We do not clear the room between panels.

Will there be any breaks during E3 Coliseum?

There will be a short 15 or 30-minute break in the middle of each day.

Are there seats in E3 Coliseum? What is the stage setup going to be like?

E3 Coliseum features a main stage with seating on two levels: the floor and balcony. Both areas of the theater provide a great view of the stage. Large video screens throughout the venue make sure you can see the content. Depending on venue capacity, some guests may be admitted for “standing room” only access at the back of the theater.

Is there anything else to do at E3 Coliseum?

AMD will be sponsoring a VIP lounge at E3 Coliseum – accessible on floor 4, the balcony level. Anyone inside the E3 Coliseum can visit the lounge to play games and relax during or between panels. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Can I sit in any seat at E3 Coliseum?

You can sit in any seat that isn’t marked as “reserved.” A small number of seats at E3 Coliseum are reserved for panelists, invited guests and media.

Can I bring a friend with me to E3 Coliseum?

Every person entering E3 Coliseum must have their own badge.

Can I hold seats inside E3 Coliseum for my friends who are coming later?

No, when you are inside E3 Coliseum you must take any available seat – you cannot hold seats for friends who are arriving later.

Can I pass my E3 badge to a friend so they can go see E3 Coliseum?

No, your badge must match your photo ID. E3 reserves the right to check that your E3 badge name matches your photo ID at the entrance to E3 Coliseum. If it doesn’t, you won’t be able to enter E3 Coliseum.

Someone offered to sell me tickets to E3 Coliseum – are these legitimate?

No. There are no tickets available for purchase to E3 Coliseum – the only way to gain entry is with an official E3 badge. The name on the badge must match your photo ID.

I saw a “Guest List” line at E3 Coliseum, how do I gain access to that line?

The “Guest List” line is reserved for special guests of panelists and other invited guests. Your E3 badge does not grant access to this line.

Will you be letting people into E3 Coliseum in the middle of a panel?

Yes, as room become available we will be admitting guests during panels, and at the conclusion of panels.

Where can I go to the restroom or buy food if I’m waiting in line?

Restroom facilities are available throughout L.A. Live., as well as many restaurants.

Will food and drink be available inside E3 Coliseum?

Yes, you will be able to purchase food and drink inside E3 Coliseum from the bars at The Novo. Sandwiches and cold food items will be available.

Will there be any opportunities for meet & greets or autographs with panelists?

No, the E3 Coliseum is not designed to accommodate any meet & greets or autographs requests. Please do not approach the panelists to requests autographs.

What’s cell phone reception like in E3 Coliseum?

Cell phone reception is generally good, but may be spotty given how many people will be at E3 Coliseum and E3. Wifi is not available to the public.

Will mature content be shown at E3 Coliseum?

Yes. E3 Coliseum, like E3, is only open to those age 17 and older. Some panels will contain content for M-rated games or games expected to receive an M rating.

What if I want to leave to get something to eat around LA Live? Do I have to line up again to get entrance to The Novo?

Yes, unfortunately once you leave The Novo you will have to get back into line to enter the theater again. If you plan to stay for multiple panels in a row, make sure to bring any snacks with you, or purchase them from the bars at The Novo.

How accurate are the panel start times listed on the website and app?

We will do our best to keep our panels running on time – but we have a stacked day, so it’s possible the start times may fluctuate by a few minutes.

Can I ask questions at the E3 Coliseum?

Select panels will include audience Q&A – fans can line up at the microphones in the audience to ask a question. In addition, E3 Coliseum has partnered with Facebook to give the global gaming community a chance to ask questions to panelists.  Head to Facebook.com/E3 to submit questions for panels in advance or during the live stream.

Is there a separate press line / entrance?

If you are looking to cover E3 Coliseum as press, please contact [email protected] in advance of E3 for more information. On site press requests will not be accommodated.

How do I provide feedback on E3 Coliseum?

Please share your thoughts about E3 Coliseum and your experience with E3 on Facebook (Facebook.com/E3Expo) and Twitter (twitter.com/e3).

Entry Security

Entry Security Procedure:

Entrance Map

General Safety Communications

Safety and security are of paramount importance to E3. We continue to implement enhanced security measures which for E3 2018 will include bag search and walkthrough metal detectors.  These enhancements may cause additional wait times at entry points.   We feel it is important to inform all attendees about enhanced security measures, so you can better prepare and plan for your upcoming E3 experience.

  • If you see something, say something. Report anything that looks unusual, suspicious, or out of place to Show Management, Security Personnel, Show Ambassadors and /or LACC Building staff immediately.
  • Remain patient and courteous during security checks and follow the instructions of Show Management, Security, and Show Ambassadors to help expedite the process.
  • To prevent additional wait time, we ask that all Attendees, Exhibitors, and Media, limit the items you bring into E3. Consider leaving all bags and bulky clothing at home or at your hotel.

Review the list of prohibited items before coming to the show to avoid the disappointment of being turned away at the entrance to the Los Angeles Convention Center as items on the prohibited items list will not be allowed.

Laptops, mobile phones, handheld devices etc. must be able to be powered on during the bag search process.

  • Keep allowable personal property with you, at all times. Do not leave any items unattended.
  • Should you be attending any on-site meetings, please allow ample time to process through security and other checkpoints.
  • Oversized bags acquired at the show not eligible for re-entry.
Bag Search and Restriction

We take the concerns of our attendees seriously and remain committed to providing a safe and secure environment. To speed entrance into the show and prevent additional waiting time, we encourage everyone to plan ahead and arrive early.  Attendee’s bags will be searched at designated entrance points.

  • Leave luggage, large bags and bulky clothing at your hotel or home.
  • Allow extra time to find your entry point into the show.
  • Allow extra time to park, walk, and clear the entry check-points into the show.
  • Become familiar with prohibited items and bag restrictions.
  • Oversized bags acquired at the show not eligible for re-entry.
Industry Attendee, VIP Buyer, Business Pass and Gamer Pass Badges  
  • Attendees may carry one small bag, that must be no larger than 12” x 15”X 6” into the show. This will be strictly enforced.
  • Attendees are encouraged to consider their bag type and use clear bags (mesh, plastic, vinyl, etc.) to expedite entry.
  • Prohibited Bags include but are not limited to: rolling luggage, large duffle bags, luggage, backpacks and rolling carts.
Media Badges and Approved Camera Crews

Media with the official Media Badge and Camera Crews wearing the approved Camera Crew wristband are permitted to hand-carry equipment onto show premises in excess of the one bag and size restriction. This equipment is subject to search and tagged as approved for entry.

Exhibitor Badges

Exhibitors, wearing the official Exhibitor Badge, are permitted to bring product and display material onto show premises, in excess of the bag restrictions, during move-in and move-out.

On show days exhibitors can bring in product and display materials in oversized bags and roller bags, but those MUST enter before 8:00am PT on show days.  This will be strictly enforced.

Prohibited Items
  • Bags Larger than 12” x 15” x 6”
  • No Backpacks, Coolers, Luggage, and/or any wheeled bags regardless of size.
  • Alcohol
  • Balloons
  • Camera/ Video Tripods (unless with official Media badge)
  • Chairs, Bleacher Backs, Camping Stools, etc.
  • Drones
  • Flammable Liquids
  • Flyers, stickers and other handouts
  • Illegal substances
  • Marijuana
  • Outside food and beverages* *Enforced on show days
  • Pets (with the exception of certified service animals) Service animals should remain on a leash or in a harness and under the control of the owner at all times
  • Skateboards, Hoverboards, Roller Skates/ Blades, and Scooters
  • Wagons and Wheeled Carts
  • Weapons; including but not limited to the following:
  • Actual clubs, maces, or crushing weapons
  • Sharp edged weapons (swords, knives, daggers)
  • Firearms
  • Pepper Spray
  • Projectile weapons, even if unloaded or non-functional
  • Other Items that show security determines may be harmful or disruptive.

Any attendee found to have items on the Prohibited Item list within the Los Angeles Convention Center will have those items confiscated and may be removed from the premises

Meetings and Meet Ups

Any on-site meetings must be scheduled in accordance with posted show hours and specific badge type admittance hours.  Admittance to the show, requires an official show badge.  If you are coordinating meeting(s), attending a meeting, or delegate this task to someone else, be sure to know the policy.

  • Know your specific attendee type daily show hours, prior to scheduling any meetings or meet ups.
  • Be aware of the show’s bag size policy.
  • Any person(s) you arrange to meet, must wear the proper badge in the official badge holder, to enter the show. Badges are non-transferable and badge swapping is strictly prohibited. The badge holder must have their ID or passport, that matches their badge to enter.
  • Delays may occur at entry points, including the parking areas please give yourself ample time to process thru bag search and move on to your designated meeting location.
  • First-time attendees, please take time before arriving at E3 to familiarize yourself with the Los Angeles Convention Center and E3 floorplans this will assist you as you navigate the event.
Notify LA

NotifyLA is the City of Los Angeles’ mass notification system used to provide information regarding necessary actions, such as evacuations, to Los Angeles subscribers via recorded phone messages, text messages or e-mail in case of emergencies or critical situations.

What kinds of messages will the public receive through NotifyLA?

  • Early warning notices
  • Disaster notifications
  • Evacuation notices
  • Public health notices
  • Public safety notices of imminent or perceived threats to life or property

E3 attendees can sign up for this free emergency notification program by texting 888777 and entering 90015 in the message field. 90015 is the zip code for the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Subscribers will be notified by text of any emergencies or natural disasters in Los Angeles and the area around the LACC. Once the show is over attendees that subscribed to NotifyLA can text the word STOP to 888777 to no longer receive notifications. For more info on the Notify LA program. http://emergency.lacity.org/notifyla

E3 2018 Attendee Policy

In order to ensure that E3 provides a safe, enjoyable, and welcoming environment for everyone, E3 has developed an Attendee Policy.  Should you witness or experience any activity that puts someone’s safety or enjoyment of the E3 at risk, inform show management, show security personnel or an E3 Ambassador.

Dress Code:  Attendee attire, Costumes, and Cosplay

E3 reserves the right to make determinations on appropriate attire. Attire that is sexually explicit and/or sexually provocative, including, but not limited to, nudity, partial nudity, and bathing suit bottoms, are prohibited on the Show floor, all common areas, and at any access point at the Show.  If for any reason attire is deemed objectionable by Show Management, attendees may be asked to alter the attire or be removed from the show.

Cosplay weapon props may be allowed at the Show if they are inspected, approved, and peace bonded at the E3 weapons check, and comply with all applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations. For additional guidance, please see the Show Weapons Policy.

E3 2018 Weapons Policy

All attendees at E3 2018 must comply with this Weapons Policy.

  • Entertainment Software Association (ESA), E3 Show Management IRL Events (IRL), E3 security, and law enforcement have the absolute and immediate right to inspect attendees’ belongings, including, but not limited to, costumes, props, and weapons, and may in their sole discretion confiscate the item, require modifications to the item, remove the attendee, confiscate the attendee’s badge, and/or prohibit the attendee’s reentry at future events. ESA and IRL bear no responsibility or liability for any damages and/or injuries incurred as a result of the use of attendees’ belongings, including, but not limited to, costumes, props, and weapons.
  • No real weapons are allowed at E3 2018. This includes, but is not limited to, firearms (whether loaded or unloaded), handguns, shotguns, rifles, tasers, blowguns, ammunition, knives, blades, live swords, switch blades, axes, hatchets, daggers, clubs, metal/wooden bats, crossbows, arrows, stars, nunchucks, brass knuckles, boomerangs, darts, whips, pepper spray, flame throwers, laser-aiming devices, explosives, and any other item that violates applicable local, state, or federal laws, rules, or regulations or that appears, in ESA’s and IRL’s sole discretion, to be dangerous or to have the potential of harming others.
  • Prop weapons may be allowed at E3 2018 if they are inspected, approved, and peace bonded at E3 Weapons Check, and comply with all applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Prop weapons are inoperable weapons used to enhance the overall look of a costume, and include, but are not limited to, NERF weapons and water guns. Use, handling, and/or display of prop weapons may be revoked at any time without cause or warning, including, but not limited to, if the attendee uses the item inappropriately (g., play fighting, swinging the item) or tampers with the peace bonding. Prop weapons may be displayed only as costume pieces, and may not be swung, brandished, or otherwise used in any way that could be considered unsafe or threatening. Prop weapons should be put away when leaving E3 2018. The attendee is solely responsible for the prop weapon and its usage at all times, even if the prop weapon is not in the possession of the attendee and even if the weapon has been inspected.
  • Prop weapons must be submitted to E3 Weapons Check for inspection, approval, and peace bonding. E3 Weapons Check is located at the entrances to the Los Angeles Convention Center. Peace bonding is the process of marking and/or binding props. A prop weapon must be rendered permanently inoperable in order to qualify for peace bonding. Even prop weapons that have been inspected may be subject to re-inspection at any time. In addition to being peace bonded, a prop weapon must meet other criteria, including, but not limited to:  (i) prop weapons cannot be more than seven feet long or weigh more than 15 pounds; (ii) prop explosives cannot be made out of metal; (iii) swords and other prop blade weapons must be non-metal, blunt-edged, and swords must be tied to the costume in such a way that they are unable to be drawn; (iv) prop bows must be unstrung; (v) prop arrows must have non-metal, blunted tips; and (vi) if the prop weapon looks realistic, then it must either be translucent or at least half covered with solid white or bright red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, or purple. ESA, IRL, and E3 security have the sole discretion to approve prop weapons.
Baggage and Coat Check

Although we strongly recommended you leave large bags and luggage at home or your hotel for your convenience baggage/coat check areas will be set up outside the convention center.

  • Fee: $10.00 per item and per day. Cash Only. Please note Baggage/Coat Check facilities are based on availability and may reach capacity.
  • Items cannot be combined or left overnight.
  • A daily claim ticket will be issued, per item and is required for pick up.
  • Any item(s) left after posted time, will be sent to the E3 Security Office.
Show Badges
  • All Attendees must wear the official show badge in the official show badge holder. This includes but is not limited to Industry, Gamer Pass, VIP Buyers, Business Pass, Media, and Exhibitors.
  • Carry a valid form of photo ID or passport at all times. Security will check name on photo ID/Passport vs. the name on the official badge.
  • If badge is lost or stolen, report it immediately to show personnel.
  • Properly dispose of your Show badge inside the venue in the designated badge Recycling bins or keep it as a souvenir.
  • DO NOT sell it, trade it, etc.
  • DO NOT throw it away in trash cans outside the venue, where it could be picked up and used.
What is the Take This AFK Room and who is it for?

More than a quiet room, the AFK room is a staffed, relaxed space for anyone who feels overwhelmed and needs a place to regain their calm. The room is hosted by Take This, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity that seeks to educate, inform, and advocate about mental health issues in our community. It is staffed with local volunteers and clinicians trained by Take This to moderate and maintain the atmosphere of the AFK Room. We strive to offer education, resources, and a listening ear to convention attendees without verging into offering therapeutic treatment. For more information about the AFK Room program, visit www.takethis.org, or email [email protected]

The Take This AFK room at E3 is located in Second Floor Meeting Room 407 and is available the following hours:

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 12pm-6pm

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 12pm-6pm

Thursday, June 14, 2018 12pm-5pm

What is the cost to attend E3 2018?

E3 Gamer and Business passes are sold out.  On-site registration will be available for a 3-day show floor pass for $995.

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?

E3 Gamer and Business passes are sold out.  On-site registration will be available for a 3-day show floor pass for $995.

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?

Housing is now closed.

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?

To log in to an existing registration please click here. 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.

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].

Accessibility

If you require accommodations, please contact Show Management at 508-834-6201 to identify your 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 has passed. 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 has passed.

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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