Who'll Be at E3 This Year?

Ah, E3. How do I love thee.

This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, aka video game nerdvana, where the gaming industry reveals its biggest games for the coming year and insiders can get hands-on time with upcoming titles, is scheduled for June 7th – June 9th. Thankfully, we’ve finally gotten past all that unpleasantness from a few years ago when the show was severely downsized, because E3 has become the grand spectacle it deserves to be once again.

The official list of vendors bringing booths to E3 this year has just been unveiled, and it’s all kinds of juicy. These booths range in size from standardly small cubes all the way up to something on par with a small office building. (Which can actually be quite literal, since many of these massive booths have lots of behind-closed-doors rooms hidden in the back, where more privileged attendees get a look at highly exclusive titles in-progress.)

General rule of thumb: the bigger the company, the bigger the booth. So naturally the likes of Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, EA, Activision, and Ubisoft — all of whom are attending this year — have the gargantuan booths that you just have to stop and stare at in awe when you first spot them or walk inside. A few even have super-restricted booths that you can’t even go inside of without a ridiculously-hard-to-get appointment (*cough*Lucasarts).

And then there are the press conferences, or “media briefings,” as they’re often called, which kick off the week. Although E3 officially begins on a Tuesday, every big game company holds a media briefing prior to that. It’s not uncommon for private, lavish events and parties to be held as far back as Sunday or even Saturday before E3 begins. You’ll see vast posters from major vendors made to cover the entire sides of buildings nearby in downtown L.A. Even the Los Angeles Convention Center itself is fair game, where virtually every surface is covered in advertising of some kind.

E3 is exhausting, and even grueling at times, because it’s often filled with one appointment after another for working professionals. But it’s also an absolute blast for the lucky insiders who manage to get in.

Despite all the high-tech gloss and hardware on display, E3 is really all about the games. Here’s the full list of game companies that will be there, showing off their latest and greatest games, in 2011:

  • 505 Games
  • Activision
  • Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
  • Alienware
  • Atari
  • Atlus USA
  • Atomic Accesories
  • Behaviour
  • Bethesda Softworks LLC
  • BGRMODS
  • Bigben Interactive
  • Blitz Games Studios
  • Brady Games
  • Calibur11
  • Capcom Entertainment, Inc.
  • CCP Games
  • CE Projekt RED
  • Chetu Inc.
  • City Interactive
  • Crave Games
  • Creative Mind Interactive
  • CTA Digital
  • Disney Interactive Studios
  • dreamGEAR
  • dtp Entertainment AG
  • DVA, Inc.
  • DXT, Inc.
  • Electronic Arts
  • Epic Games, Inc.
  • Exspect
  • Future Games Group
  • G4 Media, Inc.
  • Gaikai
  • GameSpot
  • Gamigo Inc.
  • Gazillion Entertainment
  • Gioteck
  • High Voltage Software, Inc.
  • Hyperkin
  • IGN.com
  • InComm
  • Infernal Engine
  • Innex Video Game Accessories
  • Interworks
  • Jack of All Games, A Division of Synnex Corporation
  • Kalypso Media Group
  • Konami Digital Entertainment
  • Left Behind Games, Inc.
  • LucasArts
  • Machinima.com
  • Mad Catz
  • Majesco Entertainment
  • Microsoft
  • Namco Bandai Games America, Inc.
  • Natsume, Inc.
  • Nintendo of America, Inc.
  • Nox Audio
  • NVIDIA Corporation
  • Nyko Technologies
  • OnLive, Inc.
  • Paradox Interactive
  • Parature
  • Parrot
  • PDP
  • Perfect World Entertainment
  • Playseat
  • Power A
  • Prima Games
  • Proximo Games
  • R.D.S. Industries Inc.
  • Sapphire Technology
  • Sega of America, Inc.
  • Seven45 Studios
  • Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Sony DADC
  • Sony Online Entertainment
  • Square Enix, Inc.
  • Storm City Games
  • Taiwan Pavilion
  • Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
  • Tecmo Koei America Corporation
  • Telltale Games
  • THQ
  • Trion Worlds, Inc.
  • Turtle Beach
  • UBIFRANCE
  • Ubisoft Entertainment
  • Virtuos
  • Wargaming.net LLP
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Zhongguancun Science Park
  • Zoo Publishing
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