E3 sells out

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If you're a retailer looking for space at this year's E3 show you are now SOL if you haven't booked your space yet.  That's because the ESA announced today that the show has sold out all of the space at this years show.  I think this is the second year in a row that the show has sold out and it is another sign at how well the industry is doing.
E3Expo Announces Sell-out of 2006 Event

   LOS ANGELES--March 6, 2006--The Electronic Entertainment Expo
(E3Expo) has sold out of exhibit space for 2006, having sold more than
540,000 net square feet of space covering all five exhibit halls at
the Los Angeles Convention Center, the Entertainment Software
Association (ESA) announced today. The 2006 E3Expo, the world's
premier computer and video game industry trade event, will host more
than 400 exhibitors covering space equivalent to 4,650 Olympic
swimming pools.
   "As the global computer and video game industry enters an
important creative and technological transition, the early sell out of
E3Expo affirms the critical importance of this event," said Douglas
Lowenstein, president of the ESA, the trade association that
represents U.S. computer and video game publishers and owns E3Expo.
"As the first place to see the most anticipated next generation
hardware and software titles, and the best place to learn about the
industry through its unrivaled conference program, E3Expo 2006 will
offer attendees an unparalleled view of the business of games."
   E3Expo, now in its twelfth year, will be held at the Los Angeles
Convention Center on May 10-12 for exhibits and on May 9-11 for 34
conference and workshop sessions, which will be led by an unsurpassed
panel of more than 175 industry leaders. For more information, visit
www.e3expo.com or the official E3Expo consumer news source
www.e3insider.com for breaking news and special reports from the show

   About E3Expo:

   E3Expo is the world's premiere trade show for computer and video
games and related products. The show, now in its twelfth year, is
owned by the Entertainment Software Association (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 visit www.e3expo.com or www.theesa.com.

   Please Note:

   E3Expo 2006 is a trade event, not open to the general public. Only
working journalists with qualified media outlets will be eligible to
register for media badges. No one under the age of 18 will be
admitted, including infants. This policy is strictly enforced.

   Attention Media:

   E3Expo 2006 is for the first time offering early access to the
show floor on Wednesday, May 10, from 9-11 a.m. to pre-registered
media only (media who have submitted complete credentials to the
E3Expo Media Relations Team by April 13, 2006). E3Expo strongly
encourages all media to take advantage of online media registration at
www.e3expo.com to complete pre-registration for the 2006 show.
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