E3 Could Leave Los Angeles in 2013

The Electronic Entertainment Expo could relocate next year if the city of Los Angeles is unable to resolve issues surrounding the proposed rebuilt convention center, according to the Los Angeles Times:

The Entertainment Software Assn. last year put the city on notice when it balked at renewing its contract to stage E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center beyond 2012, citing uncertainties around the proposed remodel of the convention center to make way for Farmers Field. At the time, association officials expressed optimism that an agreement could be worked out because of the group’s “strong, mutually productive relationship with Los Angeles.”

Now, however, the tone appears less congenial.

“We’re still in discussions with the city of Los Angeles,” Michael Gallagher [president of the Entertainment Software Assn.] said in an interview Sunday night, “but we have a number of issues that still need to be resolved. If we can’t resolve them, we are preparing to go elsewhere.”

With the four-day convention generating $40 million in direct spending, it would be a huge blow if E3 packed up their video game controllers and left town.