Yesterday, it was revealed that PAX Australia 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19. Today, a virtual event has been announced to replace it, along with the cancelled PAX West, with the first ever PAX Online.
While it is unlikely to capture the same atmosphere and vibe that PAX normally brings, it’s still aiming to provide the gaming community with a range of cool stuff PAX is known for, including game reveals, hands-on experiences and panels.
“First and foremost, PAX has always been about the incredible community created by everyone involved, from the attendees, panelists, exhibitors, and our amazing enforcers ” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder of PAX. “PAX Online will recreate that shared experience, along with everyone’s other favorite elements from game reveals, exclusive hands-on experiences, the chance to hear from and speak with your favorite game developers, journalists as well as content creators, and so much more. Even if we can’t all meet in Seattle or Melbourne this year, we look forward to reconnecting with friends, and welcoming everyone to our new home, PAX Online.”
Perhaps the best part of PAX Online, is that it will be completely free for anybody to access, as long as they have an internet connection of course. This will mean that people who normally can’t travel to Melbourne for whatever reason will be able to get a slice of the action from their homes. Submissions for the Indie Showcase and for panels are now open.
PAX Online 2020, a “worldwide celebration of all things gaming”, will take place from Sept. 12 – 20, bringing fan-favorite content 24 hours a day, over 9 whole days. While it won’t be the same as the big weekend in October with the Checkpoint booth, Diversity Lounge and more, it’s absolutely a case of “better than nothing”. Stay tuned to Checkpoint for all the upcoming PAX-related news.