Traditionally, E3 has been a fairly closed off event, reserved for members of the press and game developers/publishers. Over the years, things have begun to open up with more opportunities for regular members of the public to get in but this year, The ESA will be opening the floodgates completely by putting 15,000 tickets up for sale, granting anyone with the cash access to the show floor.
Going to E3 will be an expensive affair though, with ticket prices set at $250, or $150 is you get one of the early bird tickets. This is a big change for E3 and marks the biggest move away from being an industry trade show to a full-blown consumer event.
However, it is worth mentioning that opening the floodgates like this does mean that there will be more people on the show floor than usual, so expect some long wait times if you plan on going hands-on with any games.
KitGuru Says: E3 is always an exciting time for gamers, whether you can attend the show in person or not. That said, I’m not sure I’d spend $250 to get in personally.