If you’ve been to any sort of convention, you’ve been to a panel of some kind. They’re as much of a staple of conventions as cosplay. E3 is a trade show, though, and hasn’t been home to anything like that – until now.

Video game personality Geoff Keighley announced this week the introduction of E3 Coliseum. Sadly, this isn’t about hand-to-hand combat or fighting wild animals. It’s just people talking. Whatever, Geoff.

“For the past six months, we’ve been quietly working with all the major game teams to curate special presentations,” Keighley said in the announcement. “Thousands of fans will get to attend in person.”

“Alongside presentations from game developers, we will also welcome some very special guests from the broader entertainment world. They’ll join us to speak about the cultural significance of gaming and how this incredible medium has influenced their work,” he continued.

More to come

The E3 website has publishers like Activision, Bethesda Softworks, Microsoft, Gearbox Publishing, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Square-Enix, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment scheduled to host panels, with more set to be announced in the coming weeks.

For those attending E3, the Coliseum will be hosted just a block away at The Novo at LA Live, and it’s on from June 13 to 14 during the show itself. With E3 opening up to the public this year, this is both a great way to add some value for those newcomers and to give all the extra people another place to go when the show floor gets over-crowded.

With so many publishers set to hold panels during this, I’m looking forward to seeing what they have in store.