PAX organizers have revealed PAX Online, the free alternative as PAX West and PAX Australia have been canned.
With the cancellation of both PAX West and now PAX Australia, the organizers of PAX have come out with a solution to bring together the gaming community virtually with PAX Online.
In April, we were still hoping to bring you PAX West this year. But health and safety are paramount, and as we worked on solutions, it became clear that if we really wanted to welcome everybody home, we'd have to take PAX Online. Read the full post here: https://t.co/tMoLP5ndfA pic.twitter.com/7VVJYzn4aa
— PAX (@pax) June 16, 2020
In a release posted to the PAX website, they stated “while we still had hoped to bring you PAX West this year, protecting the safety and health of our community is our highest priority.” According to the release, PAX Online was created by the organizers behind PAX West, PAX Australia, and EGX (the indie game expo that takes place in the United Kingdom and Germany). The event will run straight for nine days, beginning September 12 and running through the 20.
PAX Online will be free and anyone with an internet connection will be able to access the event. They have announced that they will have three channels running non-stop content in conjunction with digital panels, concerts, and competitions. They plan on still hosting eSports events and are working on ways to allow participants to download and demo games on their own at home. It seems that even the merchandise will be available.
We've gotten a lot of questions from fans and want to let everyone know that as of right now we still plan on welcoming everyone home to PAX West on Labor Day weekend (September 4th – 7th) in 2020!
More information here: https://t.co/d3Yge142W2
— PAX (@pax) April 21, 2020
One of the new aspects that they are working on is ways of connecting with participants. They dropped that they are in the works on a chat-board system, which would include custom rooms, tournament systems, and “looking-for-group” type searches.
PAX Online will most certainly be one of the most involved endeavors taken during the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure that gamers are still connected to these conventions.
— PAX Australia (@PAXAus) June 16, 2020
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PAX isn’t the only event to go with a digital model. The Game Developers Conference went about doing something similar while Gamescom is working on getting the event set up digitally.
What do you think? Are you excited for PAX Online?