] For the first time ever, consumers and game enthusiasts
] will get a first-hand virtual look inside the Electronic
] Entertainment Expo (E3Expo), the world's preeminent
] interactive entertainment trade show, the Interactive
] Digital Software Association (IDSA) announced today. The
] Web site, E3Insider (www.e3insider.com), will launch on
] May 14th at 10am when E3Expo's doors open to thousands of
] industry professionals at the Los Angeles Convention
] "With the launch of E3Insider, we've opened E3Expo's
] `virtual doors' so that consumers and game enthusiasts
] from around the globe can experience the excitement of
] E3Expo," said Douglas Lowenstein, president of the IDSA,
] the trade association that represents U.S. computer and
] video game publishers and the owner of E3Expo. "E3Expo is
] a trade-only event, established specifically as a venue
] for the worldwide interactive entertainment community to
] showcase new products and take care of business. With
] that said, we felt it was important to be able to offer
] the millions of gamers out there who support this
] industry a way to see what's going on at the show, and
] E3Insider will do just that."
The new site will capture the show's action and excitement through interactive coverage, news from exhibitor booths, interviews with industry professionals, video clips, photo galleries and stories about the show.
Hmmmmm. With over 3,000 international journalists at E3 2002, I'm surprised that show mgt started E3insider because consumers were being under servered. Comdex, CES and NAB have published content rich websites during their huge trade shows. Last year, Comdex even had an online forum that only a few people used. I was one of them. It will be interesting to see if E3insider captures the coolness of the big three day event.