March 29th, 2021

PAX East ‘21 Update

In light of ongoing public health concerns, ReedPop and Penny Arcade will not hold PAX East this year. Given the United States’ progress towards addressing COVID-19 in recent months, we are cautiously optimistic PAX West and PAX Unplugged will proceed as planned with in-person festivities Sept. 3-6 and Dec. 10-12, respectively.

Since we can’t wait until September to reconnect with the wonderful PAX community, PAX Online will return July 15-18. We hope to build on the success of last year’s record-breaking event and also engage with our community in new ways, such as the Indie Showcase that will take place between now and PAX Online. Expect to hear more about these exciting plans soon.

While we hoped PAX East could safely take place, we remained realistic and did not sell any tickets or space to exhibitors to avoid significantly inconveniencing our friends and partners. As we have shown via our actions throughout the pandemic, our utmost concern is the safety of the PAX family — from attendees, exhibitors, and show staff to media and content creators — as well as the local communities that host our celebrations of all things gaming. We will only move forward with a live PAX once we are confident the show will be safe for everyone.

ReedPop and Penny Arcade will continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19, observe government guidelines and local laws, and defer to health officials and experts on what is deemed safe.

We are grateful for the efforts everyone made to make PAX East happen in 2021, and we look forward to returning to Boston in 2022.

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 take place October 8 - 10, 2021
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.

March 5th, 2020

Another PAX in the Rear View

PAX East 2020 is officially in the books! We hope ya’ll had a great time, and we’d definitely like to take this moment to thank our Exhibitors, Enforcers, and everyone who attended. We’ve got to catch our breath for a bit, but look for news on PAX West and beyond in the weeks and months ahead.

Hope to see ya’ll in Boston next year!

February 25th, 2020

PAX East 2020 Merch

Show your PAX University pride with this collection of FINE GOODS! Varsity Jackets! Shirts! Hats! Other Stuff!

Take a look at the amazing PAX show merch here and a special run of Explorer’s League merch here.

February 19th, 2020

PAX East Update

The entire PAX community wants to express our concern for everyone impacted by the COVID-
19 virus. The gaming community is a global one and our hearts go out to every person and
family affected.

PAX East 2020 will take place as scheduled with enhanced cleaning and sanitization across the
show, including adhering to the recommendations set forth in the U.S. EPA’s Emerging
Pathogen Policy regarding cleaning disinfectants effective against the COVID-19 virus. We are
working closely with the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and following local, state
and federal public health guidelines, including those issued by the CDC. For more
information on those measures and the virus, please visit the PAX East travel page and the
MCCA website.

While we are saddened that Sony will no longer have a presence at PAX East 2020, we look
forward to welcoming our friends at Sony to future PAX events and are focused on making PAX
East 2020 a successful and enjoyable event for all attendees and exhibitors.

The well-being of everyone at PAX - from our attendees and exhibitors to our staff on-site at
every show - is of the utmost importance to ReedPOP and Penny Arcade. Across the more than
50 total PAX events around the world, we have provided a positive environment for over one
million attendees to celebrate gaming. We will continue to work diligently to ensure PAX East
2020 and our other events live up to our high standards and we will proactively keep you up to
date with any further developments as we get closer to PAX East 2020.