A big crowd of attendees just before the show opened on Tuesday. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
A big crowd of attendees just before the show opened on Tuesday. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

No wonder E3 seemed extra-crowded this year. It was extra-crowded! The ESA, which runs the event, just announced that 2017 E3 attendance was 68,400, including, for the first time, 15,000 members of the public. Up from the ESA’s count of 50,300 total attendance at E3 2016.

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Anime Expo fits a little over 100,000 attendees in that same venue, so if E3 feels overcrowded with far less than that, that speaks more to a failure of E3's planning of traffic flow than the number of attendees.