For the first time in a long time, the Entertainment Software Association is opening up E3 to the public. More than 15,000 gamers from around the world will be in attendance at the event to experience some of the coolest new games and electronics on the horizon. However, one part of E3 won't be open to the public... the Indie Picnic in association with the Indie Megabooth.
According to Polygon, Devolver Digital, the publisher of popular independent games like Hotline Miami and Shadow Warrior, revealed to the outlet that they weren't able to secure permits to host their public event and that means there won't be a Devolver Indie Picnic that will be open to the general public in the parking lot across from the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Originally Devolver Digital had announced that its Indie Megabooth would make a return this year with a Devolver Indie Picnic. This event is open to the general public and generally, gives gamers an opportunity to chow down and play video games if they missed out on the festivities inside the convention centers and at the press conferences where all the big games are revealed and all the major announcements are made. This time around, however, the picnic won't be happening for the public. In a statement sent to Polygon, they reveal that while this year's picnic won't be happening at E3 2017, but it may return next year.
For those of you out there who managed to acquire a press pass, you'll still be eligible for attending the Indie Megabooth and the Indie Picnic hosted by Devolver Digital.
I'm not exactly sure why Devolver was unable to get permits for the event. It managed to do so in previous years, dating back to 2012 when the Indie Megabooth became a thing due to how influential and huge indie games had become in the gaming industry.
Even still, those who managed to get their hands on a ticket and attend E3 as one of the lucky 15,000 will still have access to a whole show floor of content, games, VR peripherals, accessories, controllers, headsets, headphones, indie games, mid-budget games, AAA games, and absolutely everything else in between as one of the biggest gaming conventions of the year sees the convergence of developers the world around coming together in one place to showcase their wares, ideas and ingenuity.
In the recent past the Entertainment Software Association had closed off access to E3 to the public, limiting it only to those who had press or industry credentials. Devolver Digital's little Indie Picnic was a neat way to get gamers involved even when they weren't allowed to attend other aspects of the show.
It's sad that the Indie Picnic won't be available to the public at this year's E3, but at least E3 itself is now open to the public.