||06-12-2013 08:53 PM
Originally Posted by inscribed
E3 is a convention for games. They were showing off a gaming system in a spot they legally rented. But because the spot they rented wasn't inside the convention center, they are douchebags? That's some screwed-up logic. ESA can go fuck themselves.
E3 is a trade show organized and paid for by the ESA. It's not a holiday or publicly observed ritual of some sort, it's a private event held by an organization at a specific location over a specific number of days. There are tons of similar gaming conventions throughout the year all over the world. Many companies even hold their own events.
Ouya, Inc isn't even based out of LA. They can show their hardware anytime, anywhere in the US--even at one of the slew of other shows that might be more affordable--but they chose that specific spot on that specific day. The only reason they held their event in that location, at that time, was to leech off another event that someone else organized and paid for. How is it screwed up logic to think they're douchebags for that? I'm not saying it should be illegal or anything; I certainly think they have the right
to do what they're doing. I just don't think highly of them for doing it.
Same day, different spot? Cool. Same spot, different day? Fine. Same spot, same day? Weak. They're blatantly reaping off the ESA's efforts (and the funding provided by every other developer at the show
) without chipping in in-kind. They wanted everything the ESA provided by hosting the event, but they wanted to receive the benefits without paying for them. You might not like the ESA in particular, but you'd have to regard the situation in the same light regardless of who's organizing it.
I just know if I'd gone through the trouble of setting up a convention and some guy devised a scheme to show something at my convention while refusing to actually be in the convention, I'd be annoyed...but whatever. What do I know.