Industry’s Pinnacle Event Combines Industry Force with Emerging Talent
Washington, DC – May 22, 2013 – The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) today announced five finalists from its inaugural E3 College Game Competition, which is aimed at recognizing the best student talent in video game development. The finalists, chosen by a judging panel of revered game industry talent, will receive a special showcase display and valuable networking opportunities at E3, the world’s premier trade show for computer and video games. The competition winner will also be announced at the industry only show which takes place June 11-13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC). ESA is the trade association that represents the U.S. computer and video game publishers and owns E3.
The five finalists are:
– Alamo Colleges, Northwest Vista College
– Brigham Young University
– Savannah College of Art and Design
– University of Chicago
– University of Wisconsin-Stout
The competition targeted almost 400 US colleges and universities with computer and video game development programs, and each competition submission was carefully reviewed by a panel of top tier game publishers, developers and media outlets. The finalists have earned the coveted opportunity to display their games among nearly 200 leading-edge computer and video game companies that will show off their most innovative and advanced interactive entertainment products at this year’s E3.
“We are extremely pleased with the impressive array of talent demonstrated by the E3 college competition submissions and our chosen finalists represent the most promising and innovative submissions as determined by our industry veteran judges,” said Rich Taylor, senior vice president of communications and industry affairs at ESA. “Our goal is to nurture the next generation of industry talent and our finalists have earned their place among the stellar line-up of top industry companies that will unveil exciting news and products at E3.”
This promises to be a banner year for E3 with major new console announcements creating heightened industry buzz and anticipation. E3 2013 is also attracting new exhibitors as the interactive entertainment industry expands, including Advanced Micro Devices, DreamWorks Animation, Plantronics, and SAP.
Making its E3 debut will be the Online and Mobile Game Pavilion – an area specifically designed to help exhibitors demonstrate the latest in social and mobile gaming and related products. Featured participants include Capcom, Electronic Arts, Nvidia, Sony PlayStation and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment.
E3 show hours for 2013 are:
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 12:00PM – 6:00PM
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Attendee registration information and details can be found at the E3 web site: www.e3expo.com.
On-site registration will open beginning Sunday, June 9 at 1:00 pm at the LACC in Petree Hall. Members of the press interested in covering E3 should contact media@E3expo.com with any additional questions.
ESA is also reminding E3 attendees that hotel and travel accommodations are nearly sold out. For more information, visit the E3 Web site at www.E3expo.com or follow us on Twitter at@RichatESA or E3 on Twitter at @E3Expo and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/E3Expo.
E3 is the world’s premiere trade show for computer and video games and related products. The show is owned by the ESA, the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of the companies, publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. For more information, please visitwww.E3Expo.com.
ESA offers services to interactive entertainment software publishers, including conducting business and consumer research, providing legal and policy analysis and advocacy on First Amendment, intellectual property and technology/e-commerce issues, managing a global anti-piracy program, owning and operating E3, and representing video game industry interests in federal and state government relations. For more information, please visit www.theESA.com or follow ESA on Twitter: @RichatESA.