E3 Live will offer the public a free taste of the gaming trade show on June 14-16

The Electronic Entertainment Expo will hold E3 Live, a free public version of its annual video game trade show, on June 14-16 at the L.A. Live venue in Los Angeles, just a block away from where the main E3 show is being held at the L.A. Convention Center on those same days.

This is the first time that E3 is holding such an event for the public. While the main show in the convention center is supposed to be limited to people in the game industry and the media, E3 Live will be open to the general public, with game demos, music, and appearances by industry personalities. Specifics on those items have not been revealed yet. You can even buy games at E3 Live, along with other gear and collectibles.

While E3 Live will be free to attend, tickets will be required and will be sent out on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can register on the event's site to be alerted when the tickets become available. The event will begin on June 14 at 5 p.m., followed by a noon to 10 p.m. opening on June 15. June 16 will see the door open at 10 a.m. with no time selected for its closing yet.

One other thing: Unlike the main E3 show, which is not open to people 17 and under, they will be welcome at E3 Live if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

John Callaham