E3 2018 open to the public again, but with some changes

Registration for E3 2018 in Los Angeles, June 12-14, is currently open to gaming industry and media professionals and on February 12 tickets for the public will go on sale starting at $149. After the first 1,000 tickets are sold, the price jumps to $249.

This will be the second year in a row that E3 will be open to the public, as it was previously a trade and industry-only gaming convention.

“Gamers raise the energy of E3 to a fever pitch, reinforcing its place as the world’s preeminent event for video games,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of ESA, the organization that hosts E3 every year. “We are excited to fuel that passion and enhance the gamer experience at E3 by extending show hours and adding a third day to the wildly popular E3 Coliseum.”

While the public will once again be in attendance, there will be some changes in the hours when they will be able to attend. On the first day of E3, June 12, doors open at 11 a.m. for media and industry professionals and for the public doors open at 2 p.m. On the day two, June 13, doors open at 9 a.m. for media and industry, and at noon for the public. On the final day of the convention, June 14, doors open for everyone at 9 a.m. On day one and two the show will close at 7 p.m., and on day three at 6 p.m.

In addition, veteran gaming journalist at The Game Awards creator, Geoff Keighley will once again host E3 Coliseum, the live talk show-like event where developers are interviewed about the E3 announcements.

“E3 draws the biggest names in video games and entertainment for an incredible worldwide experience,” Keighley said. “And with three days of programming, this year’s E3 Coliseum will bring together video game fans, game creators, and special guests from popular culture to celebrate the most powerful form of entertainment in the world.”

Fans will be able to start buying tickets at www.E3Expo.com on February 12 at 9 a.m. PST/12 p.m. EST.