I have always wanted to goto Los Angeles and attend E3, but the cost is extremely high for me to ever attend. Once I factored in airline, hotel, food, and the Expo Pass fee, it was near $4,000 in 2011. The cost of the Expo Pass fee is in the hundreds of dollars, and rises each year.
Dale North is Destructoid’s Editor-In-Chief, and Dale noted that the 2012 Expo Pass fee was $795 dollars and $995 after April 23, 2012. That is a price increase of $200! The 2011 Expo fees were $400 and $500 dollars.
The Expo Pass is only for people who are not members of the interactive entertainment industry. Members of the interactive entertainment industry are eligible for FREE ADMISSION to E3 via documents for an Industry Pass.
Check out www.e3expo.com later this year for registration info.
Now here is the bummer.. The Expo Pass is only a floor pass. The Expo Pass will not grant you access to the conferences you see live on TV and the Internet. Off-site meetings, or private showings are not available for you to partake.
Dale North says the following about The Expo Pass:
It’s $800 to wait in lines in the Los Angeles Convention Center. - E3 Doubles Expo Pass Prices [Gamasutra]
If you ask me, paying $800 for entry to E3 is not worth it. I would rather stay home and watch the conferences on TV, and wait for my media invite for local post- E3 media events. If I could goto E3 for free, I would attend. I would only suggest paying for admission if its your dream to attend E3.