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PAX West Tickets
Event: PAX West
Founders: Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins
Focus: Gaming and Tabletop
Venue: Washington State Convention Center
PAX West TicketsPAX, which stands for Penny Arcade Expo, is a massive celebration of gaming culture, from electronic to tabletop. It is not a professional trade show but rather a place for fans to hang out, play upcoming releases and forge indelible memories with fellow gamers. Penny Arcade is an Internet webcomic created by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins. Through their alternate comic personas, John Gabriel and Tycho Brahe, the two artists find plenty of rich humor in games and culture. The Penny Arcade Expo began as a small fan gathering at the Meydenbauer Convention Center near Bellevue, Wash., in 2004 with the aim to turn it into a regular event. By 2010, the expo had achieved attendance figures of more than 67,000. After expanding to Boston, Australia and other locations, the original Seattle event was renamed to PAX Prime and later, PAX West. You can purchase PAX West tickets at StubHub.
When will the next PAX West take place?The dates for the 2020 PAX West have not yet been announced, but you can probably expect it to take place around late summer. The 2019 iteration of PAX West occurred between Aug. 30 and Sept. 2. Badges are available for purchase starting around late spring to early summer. The length of the expo has varied, but it typically spans four days.
What can I experience at PAX West?PAX West features plenty of activities, demos and live entertainment for fans to experience during the weekend at the Washington State Convention Center. The main exhibition hall is where all the major developers and publishers set up booths. Some of the top gaming companies in the world come to PAX West to give fans an early opportunity to try out the product and games before release. In some of the smaller areas of the convention center, fans can also experience tournaments (including the omegathon tournament that spans the entire length of the expo), lounges, live musical performances, freeplay areas, indie showcases and much more. All panels are free to attend with the purchase of your PAX badge, but actual seating room is only available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tournament signup is also only available on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, fans can download the mobile app to access unique features around the convention area. Free Wi-Fi is available on the convention floor.
Does PAX West have any age restrictions?There are no specific age restrictions. Children 6 years old and younger can enter the expo without a badge as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Strollers are not allowed in the expo hall, however.
Can I bring my own computer or gaming equipment to the convention center?Yes, the BYOC badge is a special badge — purchased in addition to the normal entry badge — that grants you the ability to bring your computer to the convention floor. While generic computers are freely available to all attendees in the PC Freeplay area for the purpose of playing local games, you'll need the BYOC badge if you plan to connect your own personal computer to the wired network.
Can I cosplay or dress up as my favorite character at PAX West?Yes, cosplaying is encouraged at all PAX events. However, you should be aware that there are restrictions on weapons props.
Which events are similar to PAX West?If you enjoyed your time at PAX West, then you might want to check out the Emerald City Comic Con, which also takes place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Though primarily aimed at comic fans, the expo also celebrates games, films and other facets of geek culture.
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