This was the debut of Half-Life in the public eye. It had been previously announced by Sierra and Valve, however it had not yet
captured the public eye. The demo of Half-Life shown at the conference can be found in the Half-life 0.52 Press-Demo, from September 1997. The maps are
On Valve's experience at E3 1997, Gabe Newell said:
"In 1997 when we went to our first E3, we were off the main hall. Initially, people weren't very aware of us And then the word of mouth started to pick up.
We got a lot of support, and we ended winning the 'Best Action Game Of The Show' award."