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The Entertainment Software Association has confirmed that public tickets for E3 2018 will go on sale at 12pm on Monday, February 12, 2018.

Following feedback from last year’s expo, which was the first to admit paying members of the public, E3 2018 will feature extending opening hours to help to accommodate the expected increase in attendees. The first 1,000 Gamer Passes are priced at $149 each, after which the price increases to $249.

Last year’s event was successful, with over 68,000 in attendance, but it was not without its problems. Long lines and overcrowding made it a testing experience for many, including yours truly. Although the extended opening hours are certainly welcome, the use of more floor space within the cavernous LA Convention Center would probably be of equal benefit. Nonetheless, it’s good to see the ESA taking steps to address the issue.

The E3 Coliseum will also return, with producer Geoff Keighley back to introduce three full days of panels featuring talks from big name publishers and developers.

Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of ESA, said in a press statement today:

“Gamers raise the energy of E3 to a fever pitch, reinforcing its place as the world’s pre-eminent event for video games. 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.”

E3 2018 opening hours

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

  • Industry and Media – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Gamer Pass – 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 13

  • Industry and Media – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Gamer Pass – 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 14

  • Industry and Media – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Gamer Pass – 9 a.m. – 6 pm.

E3 2018 runs from Tuesday June 12, to Thursday June 14, 2018. To book your ticket, head over to www.E3Expo.com.

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