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E3 2014 CELEBRATES VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY, SETS VIEWERSHIP AND SOCIAL MEDIA RECORDS
In June, the video game industry’s top talent packed the Los Angeles Convention Center for E3 2014, the world's premiere trade show for computer and video games and related products.
More than 48,000 industry professionals, analysts, journalists, and retailers from more than 100 countries attended, and approximately 200 exhibitors showcased the latest in computer and video game hardware and software. The industry’s biggest companies joined up-and-coming indie studios, colleges, and other exhibitors to unveil the newest titles and products in computer and video games.
This year’s event marked the most engaging E3 in history. E3 2014 shattered previous social media numbers across all channels, recording more than two million posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram combined. Additionally, more than 100 unique E3-related topics appeared on Twitter’s trending list in the U.S. and worldwide.
For the first time, E3 was streamed officially online through Twitch, the video platform and community that enables gamers to broadcast and watch live game play from anywhere in the world. Twitch set site-wide viewership records with nearly six million unique viewers watching Monday's press conferences and a total of 12 million unique viewers watching throughout the week.
The show also featured the return of the E3 College Game Competition, an annual competition offered by ESA that challenges teams of students enrolled in collegiate video game programs to submit one playable game, along with story details and content assets, to be judged by a panel of game industry veterans and media professionals. For the second year in a row, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) took home the top prize for Prisma, a multi-dimensional, side-scrolling platformer. SCAD’s winning entry and other finalists were prominently displayed at E3 next to the industry’s leading publishers and developers.
Meet the designers behind the E3 College Game Competition's games, and watch the award ceremony featuring ESA CEO Michael D. Gallagher.
E3 also featured the fifth annual “Games and Learning Roundtable,” a workshop about how public and private institutions can use games to improve education. Education experts, government officials, teachers, and industry representatives explored effective methods for harnessing video games to transform education.
E3 2014 highlighted the continuous growth and vitality of video games. ESA plans to build on this year’s accomplishments for next year’s show, to be held June 16-18, 2015 in Los Angeles. To see highlights of the show, visit: www.e3insider.com.
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ESA invites members of the video game community to submit original articles for inclusion in our monthly newsletter. Articles should be no more than 500 words in length, and focus on new video game-related research, innovative industry trends, or interesting applications of entertainment software in areas including education, healthcare, business, and social impact. If you are interested in submitting an article for consideration, please email ESA@theESA.com with your name, affiliation, and a brief abstract of your proposed piece.
Quote of the Month
"Making a game combines everything that’s hard about building a bridge with everything that’s hard about composing an opera. Games are basically operas made out of bridges."
— Frank Lantz, director of New York University’s Game Center and designer of mobile game Drop7, on the artistic and technical challenges of designing video games
Did You Know?
A team of researchers at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center designed Canyon Adventure, a video game for Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect to help stroke patients regain motor skills. During the game, patients practice moving their affected limbs by paddling a virtual canoe down a river while picking litter out of the water and fending off bats in a cave. As they get better, the game gets harder. Early tests of Canyon Adventure show that patients average 1,500 movements an hour, often without realizing it, and recover faster.
Statistic of the Month
Video game players watched more than 2.4 billion hours of eSports in 2013, according to a new report by IHS Technology. That figure is nearly double the 1.3 billion hours that gamers watched in 2012.
ESA Foundation Impact Update
“The Art of Video Games” traveling exhibition, supported in part by an ESA Foundation grant, opened at the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, OH, on June 19, and will remain on display until September 28. The museum will also offer a variety of related public programs, including lectures, presentations, and art and design activities for the entire family.
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