December 4th, 2020

PAX 2021 Dates

Hello PAX Universe,

We’d like to take this opportunity to announce our prospective show dates for the 2021 calendar, and before we do, we want to be completely clear about why we’re announcing them now, and how the global COVID-19 situation impacts our plans in the coming year.

We’re announcing our dates now to help partners plan for the upcoming year on how they might attend as well as provide a chance to start conversations about how to bring attendees, panelists, exhibitors, and our broader community together with these events that are 7 months away. Safety is always our highest priority, and we want to put these shows on for you and in a way that still feels like a PAX, but these things require runway. Our rationale: with things being this complicated, why not tell everyone all at once?

Let’s just say the quiet part out loud: if COVID-19 remains a major barrier to safely gathering at one of our shows, we won’t do it or we will take it virtual. As much as we miss, even crave, the togetherness and magic of a PAX, we will not put attendees, exhibitors, or our guests at risk for the sake of an event if things aren’t on the up and up.

Now, on to the good news! If things progress positively then there’s a good chance that we would be able to put on live events in the summer and later half of the year.

In that optimistic scenario our new event calendar for 2021 will be:

PAX East will take place June 3 - 6, 2021
PAX West will take place September 3 - 6, 2021
PAX Aus will have more info coming soon
PAX Unplugged will take place December 10 - 12, 2021

Unfortunately, because of what would have been the prospective timeline in early next year we won’t be able to put together a PAX South in 2021, but we look forward to bringing it back for you in 2022. We are also working with our team in Australia and the Australian government and will have more updates on PAX Aus’s 2021 show date in the next few weeks.

Expect badges, panel announcements, exhibitor updates, and the like to arrive in the new year, generally closer to the respective shows - and you can always follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more regular updates.

Whatever form PAX East, West, and Unplugged take in 2021, please know that we are dedicated to bringing you all the community, content, and competition we’ve become known for, while continuing to create space for new, up-and-coming, and marginalized voices in gaming. “Welcome Home” isn’t just a slogan to us; we make our home every year in Boston, Seattle, Melbourne, San Antonio, and Philly - and it’s our job to make sure that we make that home safe.

September 21st, 2020

PAX Online is 100% Complete

The digital dust on the first PAX Online is settling and we just want to thank our Enforcers, Discord and chat moderators, Exhibitors, and YOU, the fans that form the PAX Community.

Missed any of the show? Visit The Official PAX YouTube where all the livestreams will continue to live. Subscribe to get updates and be the first to know when individual panels will be posted.

To all students of PAX Online MMXX, be sure to download your digital diploma that certifies you as an Authenticated Online Gamesperson. Prepare to be the envy of all.

Want to let us know what you thought of PAX Online and what you’d like to see at future digital events? Fill out our survey to give us a piece of your mind.

We’ll be going into defragmentation mode for a bit, but we’ll be sharing news regarding PAX in the weeks and months ahead.

See ya’ll soon!

September 19th, 2020

PAX Online Day 8 Wrap Up

On the eve of the last day of PAX Online, it’s tradition to reflect on what we enjoyed most… but with so much content abound… what could it be? Was it the games? Was it the engaging panels and content? Perhaps the sense of community that only the people that make up PAX could provide?

In the end, let’s agree that it was all of the above, and more.

Today, we celebrated 35 years of The Legend of Zelda and discussed what the future of the franchise looks like.

The Omegathon has come down to two fierce competitors, GTAMP and WOLFOXX will enter the battlefield tomorrow September 20th at 6:45 PM PT. Be sure to tune in a bit earlier to catch a special surprise for PAX Online University Students.

And experience Vampire: The Masquerade: The Court of Cups. Where Jasmine “That Bronze Girl” Bhullar leads four hapless Vampires through an adventure in the twilight hours of Seattle.

One last warning! PAX Merch will no longer be available after September 20th. Stylish apparel and trendy accessories for your gaming needs await you at store.paxsite.com.

Again, citing tradition: Don’t forget to leave cookies out for the PAX Online fairy that will provide you streaming content throughout the night.

September 18th, 2020

PAX Online Day 7 Wrap Up

PAX fans celebrated Spirit Day like only PAX fans could: with aplomb. Mounting their gaming battlestations, outfitting themselves in the collected armor (aka PAX merch) that they collected at prior shows, and generally impressing the internet with their appreciation of their PAX Online university. See the gallery here and you can still send in your photos on Twitter and Instagram by using #PAXOnline for the chance to win some exciting PAX merch of your own.

88Bit, the alter ego of Cleveland-based composer/pianist - Rob Kovacs, performed a dazzling accompaniment of classic video game soundtracks.

John robertson led players through THE DARK ROOM: A sadistic, retrogaming game show that places the audience inside an interactive text-adventure.

And of course, one can’t forget Acquisitions Inc. As the heroes return from the depths of Avernus, they find that Acq Inc has undergone a reorg since they’ve been gone. Missed the epic? Catch it here!

There’s still 2 days of PAX Online left. Prepare thyself.

September 17th, 2020

PAX Online Day 6 Wrap Up

Settle down students, you are more than halfway through the semester and well on your way to a bright and shining future with your degree in gaming. Rest up and be sure to come in fresh & ready for your remaining days of study.

There are over 250 games in the expo hall just waiting to be discovered by hungry students of games. Uncover ones that you can play right now, such as Spellbreak and Justice Sucks: Recharged.

What if you are one obsessed with games played on a table? We’ve organized these into a convenient location as well. There’s enough to whip any experienced explorer into a frenzy of delight… but calm yourself adventurer, there’s enough for everyone.

Have a favourite gaming scene from a movie? Join the Clocked team and special guests as they dive into the decorated history of video games on the silver screen.

There is a special Steam event page dedicated to all the games in the expo hall, and for the first PAX ever, we’ve got an amazing selection that combines PAX Indie Showcase and PAX Rising titles as well as EGX’s Leftfield Collection - A hand picked selection of eclectic and independent games that sometimes even stretch the definition of the word “game”. If that piques your curiosity, it’s time to dive in.

Catch up on your classes on our YouTube. Videos are available on demand as the streams end each day, so be sure to subscribe and keep an eye out for any events you may have missed.

Lastly, tomorrow is PAX Online Spirit Day! Embrace your digital experience and share your PAX University spirit with selfies of you sporting your PAX finest using #PAXOnline on Twitter and Instagram.