Just got my e-mail from E3 registration, and it states that they are no longer allowing the alumni program. The alumni program basically meant that as long as you had attended an E3 in the past, you could go to a new one automatically if you still had the credentials. Here's the e-mail...
When they first announced the new policies, retailers could only get in by being sent from their parent companies... Good luck asking corporate to do that for you! Now, it seems that the policy is a little less strict...Dear 2005 E3 participant:
Great News!!! Registration for E3EXPO 2006 is now open. Please note there are important changes to this year's registration process.
New Qualification Criteria:
Due to several changes requested by exhibitors, E3Expo has refined their qualification process for applicants to receive a complimentary admission. In order to maintain a trade-only event we have refined the qualification criteria to those within the immediate interactive industry. Please note that we will require EVERY attendee to document their company's direct affiliation to the interactive entertainment industry regardless of prior attendance. If you have been denied for complimentary admission, we encourage you to either contact one of your affiliates/associates within the industry to seek an industry invitation or register for another E3EXPO package. Your industry identification will still need to be submitted each time you register.
No P5 Alumni Program
Due to the refined qualification criteria this year, there will not be a pre-qualified registration link emailed to you. All complimentary registrants must register and submit 2 forms of industry identifications in order to be processed. Registration forms and industry identifications must be received no later than April 7, 2006. To register, please visit our web page, www.e3expo.com.
Thank you for your understanding and compliance with these policies.
I hope I can get in this year! Expect a full report each day, as well as tons of pictures and video if I do!