Devolver Digital vs. ESA

Just a quick post for today. Devolver Digital put on a bizarre press conference late Sunday night, after Bethesda. I had no idea that there was additional tension between the publisher of the bizarre (and good) and the ESA. From Dual Shockers:

Apparently, Texas-based Devolver Digital — who is known for publishing an array of some of the best and some of the weirdest indies in the industry — lost a whopping $100,000 after the City of Los Angeles prevented it from using a parking lot it had rented to expand its E3 presence.

So what went down? Well, it all started with Devolver renting out the aforementioned lot in order to double its presence (which it decided to do because for the first time ever E3 was allowing the public — 15,000 people of the public — to attend the show). For those who aren’t familiar with what the indie publisher does each year at E3: it rents out of a parking lot at Hooters across the street from E3, where it showcases a variety of games, has free food and drinks..it’s essentially E3’s own festival.

Devolver Digital rented out an additional parking lot next to this Hooters, which the ESA usually reserves for E3. With the doors opened to the general public this year, the company decided to add the space. But the City of LA denied them use for anything but a parking lot this year, which co-founder Mike Wilson alledges was done at the behest of ESA.

One of the stranger stories to come out of the show this year.

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