ECTS 2002 is set to change when it rolls in to London this September, letting the public visit for the first time in 14 years.

CMP Europe, the organisers of the yearly trade show, have said that a number of changes were needed to the format of ECTS after falling exhibitor numbers meaning the show was becoming less important, and also not attractive to some of the larger companies.

To combat this, the public will be able to visit a new part of the show which is about half the size of ECTS, and split in to two halls located either side of the show in the modern ExCeL exhibition centre in London's Docklands.

Further improvements to the normal ECTS show will include a VIP Retail Lounge, National Pavilions for France, Italy, Germany and Scandinavia, and Keynote Seminars which are to be free for all ECTS 2002 badge holders. The seminars are expected to be hosted by high profile speakers covering hardware, software and the games industry in general.

Details of how the public will get tickets, and their pricing has yet to be announced, and we'll let you know as soon as we hear any more - in the meantime mark September 1st to 3rd in your diary's now, and we'll see you there with our full coverage of the event from day one of the show.

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