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Everything you need to know about attending E3

Heading to E3? Brush up on the best restaurants and bars nearby, and browse all of our past coverage.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
E3 2013

E3 was never actually meant for gamers, but rather the retailers and press surrounding the industry. But year after year, the event has glued salivating gamers around the world to their computers for the shortest glimpse at coverage of the year's greatest upcoming video games. Finally, the premier video game convention has shed its industry-only requirement and opened up to the public with a limited number of consumer passes.

Even if you don't manage to procure a badge to E3, there are enough party tents, promo trucks and swag bags hanging around Downtown L.A. to make a visit worthwhile. Before you dive into the sensory overload and hop on a line for hands-on video game time, brush up on everything you need to know about attending E3.

When is E3 2017?

E3 2017 takes place June 13–15 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

When does the show floor open?

The exhibit hall opens its door from noon to 6pm on Tuesday, 10am to 6pm Wednesday and 10am to 5pm on Thursday.

How much do passes cost?

Three-day passes for the general public cost $250.

Is there anything to do outside of the convention center?

The E3 Coliseum at the Novo will feature an assortment of industry panels and performances.

E3 2017 news and coverage

E3 is opening to the public for the first time
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E3 is opening to the public for the first time

Everything you need to know about Downtown L.A.

Where to eat and drink near L.A. Live
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Where to eat and drink near L.A. Live

Where to stay near E3
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Where to stay near E3

The best Downtown Los Angeles bars
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The best Downtown Los Angeles bars

The best restaurants in Downtown Los Angeles
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The best restaurants in Downtown Los Angeles

A complete guide to L.A.'s Downtown breweries
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A complete guide to L.A.'s Downtown breweries

The best coffee shops in Downtown Los Angeles
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The best coffee shops in Downtown Los Angeles

Things to do in Downtown Los Angeles
Things to do

Things to do in Downtown Los Angeles

A beginner's guide to Metro
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A beginner's guide to Metro

Past E3 coverage

E3 2016 welcomes us to our virtual reality future—here are the photos to prove it
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E3 2016 welcomes us to our virtual reality future—here are the photos to prove it

E3 is opening up to the public with spin-off video game expo E3 Live
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E3 is opening up to the public with spin-off video game expo E3 Live

E3 official hints at opening L.A.'s annual video game expo to public
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E3 official hints at opening L.A.'s annual video game expo to public

E3 Live will be hosting concerts by Big Boi, Empire of the Sun, Wiz Khalifa and more
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E3 Live will be hosting concerts by Big Boi, Empire of the Sun, Wiz Khalifa and more

The Nintendo World Championships are coming to L.A.
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The Nintendo World Championships are coming to L.A.

The five reasons why E3 is so L.A.
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The five reasons why E3 is so L.A.

E3 2014 (slide show)
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E3 2014 (slide show)

E3 2013 (slide show)
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E3 2013 (slide show)

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