E3 2019 is almost here. The Electronic Entertainment Expo is one of the biggest gaming events in the world, and always home to the biggest game announcements. Though the event itself is only three days long, the show has been slowly expanding to encompass the whole week around it. EA holds its annual EA Play event, big publishers take their turns holding press conferences, and this year, the event will be capped off with a Fortnite block party.
Here’s a complete rundown on everything you need to know. From the games and companies we know will be there to the press conference schedule and details on the event, you’ll find all of the key information about E3 2019 below. Be sure to stay tuned to GameSpot in the lead-up and through the event for full coverage.
When And Where Is E3?
E3 officially begins on Tuesday, June 11, and runs through Thursday, June 13. Those are the dates you can roam the show floor at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where publishers and developers will show their latest and upcoming games to press, investors, and the general public.
However, E3-adjacent events unofficially begin much sooner. Electronic Arts has branched off from E3 and now hosts its own event, EA Play, the weekend prior. That will begin on Friday, June 7 at the Hollywood Palladium. Starting Sunday, June 9, publishers like Microsoft, Bethesda, Nintendo, and Ubisoft, will host press conferences before the event starts, signaling what will be shown at their booths.
When Are The Press Conferences?
EA Play won’t be hosting an official press conference this year, but EA has signaled that its livestreams from the event will serve to make its announcements. Then on Saturday, June 8 Nintendo is hosting a series of invitational tournaments, including one for the unreleased Super Mario Maker 2. Press conferences will begin on Sunday, June 10 starting with Microsoft and Bethesda. On Monday, June 11, we’ll see the PC Gaming Show, and press conferences from Limited Run Games, Ubisoft, and Square Enix. Nintendo, as usual, has claimed the morning of Tuesday, June 11, just before the show floor opens.
You may notice one conspicuous absence from this lineup. Sony has opted out of E3 this year, which means it won’t be giving its usual press conference or occupying a booth on the show floor.
How Do I Watch The Press Conferences?
You can watch all of the press conference streams right here on GameSpot, naturally. We’ll be streaming the press conferences live, followed by reactions from our staff. We’ll have a livestream filled with developer interviews and game demos throughout the week. Meanwhile, Nintendo will follow its Direct-style press conference with a Treehouse stream that showcases games coming to its platforms. The PC Gaming Show will stream on platforms like Twitch.
What Companies Are At E3?
A huge number of developers and publishers, both big and small, will be in attendance at E3. Of course, just being there doesn’t mean they have something to announce or show, as the conference is often home to B2B meetings between developers, publishers, investors, and license-holders.
What Games Are At E3?
Even weeks away from the big event, we already know about quite a few of the games coming to the show. Some of them have been known for some time, while others were recently announced with teases of more to come soon. We even know that some already-released games, like Apex Legends, will use the event to debut substantial announcements of upcoming live events.
Is E3 Open To The Public?
Like the last few years, E3 is once again open to the public, but you can’t just show up and get in. Tickets for the Gamer Pass are up for sale for $249, though you should be prepared for long lines to get into see most things on the show floor. Hours for Gamer Pass holders are slightly shorter than those for Industry Pass holders on each day except for Thursday, June 13, so make sure to check when you’ll be allowed in the doors.
What Does E3 Stand For?
It’s a seemingly silly question, but given how often the term “E3” is used, it’s easy to never consider what it actually stands for. E3 is short for Electronic Entertainment Expo, although as the show has evolved, the name has changed slightly at times over the years.
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