Gamers, it’s time to get ready for the E3 expo

by Hunter Harrell

Get ready, gamers. Exciting announcements are ahead, as Entertainment Software Association presents the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) June 8-13.

E3 is the largest international gaming event, and features over 200 vendors hosting demonstrations and showcasing products related to computer and console gaming at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

ESA is an organization that conducts consumer research and represents the video game industry on the federal and state levels. ESA is supported by over 30 dues-paying companies, most of which will host individual press conferences to announce new developments and upcoming titles. Those companies include Bethesda Softworks, Epic Games, Gearbox Publishing, Microsoft Corporation Nexon America, Nintendo of America, Square Enix, Ubisoft and more.

The expo is essentially a marketing event for designers, developers, distributors, programmers, publishers and retailers to network and present products to competitors and consumers for feedback and testing. Though E3 has always been an industry trade show, ESA opened the show to the public in 2017, allowing fans to experience the show for the first time. While more than 69,000 people attended the show in 2018, making it the largest on record, some companies have decided to skip the conference this year.

Sony Interactive Entertainment announced last year that they would not return to E3 2019, but Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts (better known as EA) recently announced they would not have booths at the event. Instead, Activision is focused on meetings and EA plans to host a separate event called EA Play. The event kicks off June 8 with gameplay reveals over several livestreams. Fans can expect news on Anthem, Apex Legends, Jedi: Fallen Order and sports titles like NBA and FIFA.

Even without presentations from those big wigs, the conference schedule is packed. Viewers can expect news information about the next generation of console gaming and titles including Gears 5, Borderlands 3, Final Fantasy VIII, and DOOM Eternal. There are sure to be more surprises, and you won’t want to miss them. Plebs (like us) who can’t attend this exclusive event can watch via livestream on Mixer, Twitch or YouTube.

Saturday, June 8Noon-5 p.m. Nintendo will host e-sports tournament events for The Mario Maker 2 Invitational beginning at noon, Splatoon World Championship at 1:30 p.m. and Super Smash Brothers Ultimate World Championship at 3 p.m.

EA Play

10:30 a.m. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

11 a.m. Apex Legends

11:30 a.m. Battlefield V

Noon FIFA 20

12:30 p.m. Madden NFL 20

1 p.m. The Sims 4

Sunday, June 912:30 p.m. Xbox Pre-Show

1 p.m. IGN: “Secret Game”

2 p.m. Xbox E3 Briefing

5 p.m. Xbox Post-Show

6:30 p.m. Bethesda

8 p.m. Devolver Digital

Monday, June 1010 a.m. UploadVR E3 Showcase

11 a.m. PC Gaming Show

Noon Sea of Thieves: Mixer Invitational

1 p.m. Limited Run Games

1 p.m. Ubisoft Pre-Show

2 p.m. Ubisoft

4 p.m. AMD: Next Horizon Gaming

4 p.m. Inside Xbox: Live at E3

5:30 p.m. Kinda Funny

7 p.m. Square Enix

8 p.m. Xbox FanFest

Tuesday, June 1110 a.m. Nintendo, after Direct Nintendo Treehouse: Live

11 a.m. Gears 5

Noon Borderlands 3: Making the Mayhem

1 p.m. The Future of Bungie and Destiny 2

1:30 p.m. Dying Light 2

2 p.m. Marvel’s Avengers Showcase

3:30 p.m. The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan: Putting Fear Back into Games

4 p.m. Call of Duty

4:30 p.m. Ubisoft

5 p.m. DOOM Eternal: Carving a New Path through Hell

6 p.m. Respawn Entertainment: A Conversation

6:30 p.m. The Strength of Fighting Games in ESports

7 p.m. The Simpsons: 30 Years of Video Games and Jokes about Video Games

Wednesday, June 1211 a.m. CD Projekt Red: The Past, Present and Future

11:30 a.m. Global Gaming Citizens

12:30 p.m. Building the Future of Sports and Mobile Games

1 p.m. Bringing your Favorite Shows to Life: Developing Netflix Originals into Video Games

2 p.m. Vader Immortal: Discover the Dark Side

3 p.m. Rocket League

4 p.m. Xbox

4:30 Xbox Game Studios: One Year Later

5:30 p.m. From AAA to Indie: Midwinter presents Scavengers

6 p.m. Jack Black: Jablinkski Games Live!

7 p.m. Psychonauts 2 (featuring Jack Black)

Wednesday, June 1311 a.m. Minecraft: The Next 10 Years

11:30 a.m. Darksiders: Action Adventure Evolved

2 p.m. Justin Roiland’s Trover Saves the Universe and Squanch Games

3:30 p.m. Ubisoft

4 p.m. The Outer Worlds: An Inside Look

5:30 p.m. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey Behind the Scenes

Hunter Harrell


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