Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011
Genre Multi-genre
Venue Los Angeles Convention Center
Location Los Angeles, California
Country United States
Organizer Entertainment Software Association
Filing status Non-profit
Attendance 46,800

The Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011, commonly known as E3 2011, was the 17th Electronic Entertainment Expo held. The event took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. It began on June 7, 2011, and ended on June 9, 2011, with 46,800 total attendees. E3 2011 was broadcast on the G4 channel.[1]

The main highlights of the 2011 show included a demonstration of Sony's next-generation handheld game console, the PlayStation Vita; the official introduction of Nintendo's Wii U home console; and the unveiling of Microsoft's long-awaited game, Halo 4.

Press conferencesEdit

As in previous years, the conference was dominated by announcements from the three main console manufacturers: Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Tech analysts considered the unveiling of Nintendo's Wii U and its then-unnamed tablet controller to be E3's biggest event,[2] with Sony's PlayStation Vita handheld console also generating considerable press attention.[3][4] The Wii U system was credited by several media outlets as a "next-generation" console.[5][6] Microsoft did not announce any major hardware releases, but did showcase a number of games for its Kinect controller-free gaming system.[7]


Konami held its own pre-E3 event on June 2 to showcase its upcoming games. The showcase featured live events in a number of cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, São Paulo, and Mexico City.[8]


Microsoft's press conference took place on June 6 at 9:00am (PDT). It focused on the Xbox 360; it was titled the "Xbox 360 E311 Media Briefing" event.[9] Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was shown during Microsoft's press conference.[10]

Electronic ArtsEdit

Electronic Arts took the stage on June 6 at 12:30pm (PDT).


Ubisoft held a press conference on June 6 at 2:30pm (PDT).


Sony's press conference took place on June 6 at 5:00pm (PDT). However, the conference was delayed for 16 minutes. The press conference focused on the company's upcoming device, PlayStation Vita, and the PlayStation 3.


Nintendo's press conference took place on June 7 at 9:00am (PDT) at the Nokia Theatre.[11] Nintendo unveiled the successor to its Wii console, the Wii U, which was released in 2012.[12] A prototype of the console was playable to attendees of the event.[13]

List of notable games exhibitedEdit

This is a list of notable titles that appeared at E3 2011.[citation needed]

2K Games






Deep Silver

Electronic Arts

Focus Home Interactive


Lionhead Studios



Namco Bandai






Square Enix


Tecmo Koei

Traveller's Tales


Warner Bros.

List of notable exhibitorsEdit

This is a list of major video game exhibitors who made appearances at E3 2011.[14]


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  3. Zak, Rob (10 June 2011). "Top five announcements to emerge from E3 2011". The Independent (London). Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  4. "E3 2011 Is A Wrap!". Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  5. "Wii U kickstarts next generation of gaming". Financial Times. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  6. "Nintendo unveils new Wii console". BBC. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  7. Hoggins, Tom (9 June 2011). "E3 2011 roundup". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  8. Brian Crecente (April 18, 2011). "Konami Preps For Giant Gaming Show with Its Own Pre-E3 Global Screening". Kotaku. Gawker Media.!5798564/konami-preps-for-giant-gaming-show-with-its-own-pre+e3-global-screening. Retrieved May 6, 2011. 
  9. Michael McWhertor (April 18, 2011). "Microsoft Carves Out Its E3 2011 Keynote Plans". Kotaku. Gawker Media.!5793202/microsoft-carves-out-its-e3-2011. Retrieved May 6, 2011. 
  10. Fred Dutton. "Acti: New COD has "unprecedented online"". Eurogamer. 
  11. Debabrata Nath (May 3, 2011). "Nintendo E3 conference date and time announced". VG247. Retrieved May 6, 2011. 
  12. "Re: Wii’s successor system". Nintendo. 25 April 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  13. Stephen Totilo (April 25, 2011). "Nintendo’s New Console ‘Playable By Everyone’ At E3". Kotaku. Gawker Media.!5795447/nintendos-new-console-playable-by-everyone-at-e3. Retrieved May 6, 2011. 
  14. "Exhibitor List". 
  15. "Participation report". Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. 

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