What is PAX?
PAX, originally known as Penny Arcade Expo, is a series of gaming conventions held in Seattle, Boston, Melbourne, Philadelphia, and San Antonio. Founded by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, authors of the popular webcomic Penny Arcade. Each PAX event is a show dedicated to supporting and celebrating video and tabletop gaming.
Since PAX’s inception, millions of attendees have enjoyed the expo floor halls filled with booths from major game publishers and independent developers, panels from video game industry insiders, game culture-inspired concerts, LAN parties, tabletop gaming, competitions and much more.
History of PAX
In 2004, Penny Arcade established a convention exclusively for gaming, following in the footsteps of comic, anime, and other geek hobbies. That year, a 4,500-person event was held in Bellevue, WA focused around the gaming community. Subsequent years saw the show double in size until venues reached capacity, prompting the creation of the Boston-based PAX East in 2010.
PAX East drew tens of thousands of attendees in its inaugural year and Penny Arcade hasn’t looked back since, quickly expanding to markets around the world while still staying true to the original formula of celebrating all aspects of gaming and game culture.
What Can I do at PAX?
- EXHIBIT HALL
- The exhibit hall is packed with exhibitors from AAA publishers, developers behind the latest blockbuster games, and innovative indie teams disrupting the industry.
- Visit one of many theatres and enjoy a panel on your favorite subject, be it Pop Culture or board games. You will be able to find a panel you won’t want to miss.
- Rock out with a couple hundred of your friends at nightly concerts. The nightly performances represent the full spectrum of nerdy music.
- TABLETOP FREEPLAY
- Tabletop Freeplay has hundreds of tables and a lending library where you can check out games similar to how you might check out books in one of those other libraries.
- HANDHELD LOUNGE
- The PAX Handheld Lounges are excellent places to take a break and lounge around in bean bag chairs.
- PAX ARENA
- The PAX Arena features the very best players from around the world competing for your amusement.