Power Outage at E3 Conference Shuts Down Live Streaming

June 13, 2019

By Erik Linask - Group Editorial Director

When nearly 70,000 people come together to hear the absolute latest breaking news about their favorite gaming platforms and video game franchises, electricity is at a premium.  So, when a construction incident outside the Los Angeles Convention Center Wednesday knocked out power at E3, the world’s largest gaming convention, it caused the one thing gamers don’t tolerate – delays. 

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power indicated a non-affiliated contractor caused the outage.  While full restoration took a few hours, it appeared power was restored at the event very quickly, though Internet connectivity to resume demos and streaming took longer.

Nintendo was quick to respond with its own brand of humor, posting a message on its live stream featuring Error, one of the characters from its Legend of Zelda series.

As activity at E3 returned to normal, the question exhibitors and the facility had to ask was, did the outage damage any equipment?  It’s a question every business every business has to wonder about any time power goes out – unless they have installed power protection systems to prevent damage.

Any outage, regardless of duration, can send power surges through the systems that keep businesses functioning.  These surges can easily damage sensitive circuits in servers, switches, routers, firewalls, and other equipment, disrupting business for much longer than the actual outage.

Power protection systems are purpose-built solutions that regulate inbound voltage before it reaches technology to eliminate any potentially damaging irregularities and ensuring continuity of operations.  They can be sized for any size business, from small businesses to large enterprises, and can put management and IT teams at ease, knowing their investments and operational capabilities are safe from electrical damage.

They still can’t do anything about power outages, but they will be assured operations can continue normally as soon as power is restored.

Edited by Erik Linask