Seems the scuttlebutt on E3 is that exhibitors are pulling out, and that the show is going to condense to a no-exhibit-floor meeting-room-only affair, attracting only serious buyers.
For the record, E3 sold out its exhibits for 2006 - 540,000 sf in five halls of the LA Convention Center.
Things happen quickly, don't they?
Of course, this also begs the question, what will the E3 Girls do next?
UPDATE: Tim took the time to Digg this news - which turned up comments suggesting the original Next-Generation report might be a crock. Anyway, E3 has posted dates for next year, but no indication of having a regular show or a smaller one - although we'll note that in 2006 the combined conference/show went four days, not three. There's nothing on organizer ESA's site regarding this - but this might be a good time for them to speak up.
UPDATE #2: OK, it's true. E3 is going smaller - perhaps because the big four (Nintendo, Microsoft, Electronic Arts and Sony) acted together or independently and warned show management they would not be back. Rather than face the embarrassment of a Comdex/PC Expo/Internet World death spiral, ESA did its own preemptive strike.
What's it mean for other large shows? Maybe not a thing right now. Many non-tech events haven't experienced the disintermediation/market disruption that the tech shows have. Plus, there's an age/generational factor.
But when attendees at those shows begin doing those things, you'll see dramatic change in those events, too. And very quickly.