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PAX Australia is returning in 2022, tickets now live

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Update (March 22): Tickets for PAX Australia 2022 have gone on sale today, March 22. Head over here to purchase (opens in new tab), though there is a queue, so it may be a couple minutes wait. Three day passes go for AU$170, while early bird single day passes go for AU$65 each.

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The last few years have not been kind to gaming conventions, and PAX Australia is no exception. The Melbourne convention was cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and then again (opens in new tab) in 2021 for the same reason. But it's trying again in 2022, with a new show confirmed for October 7-9, 2022.

As usual, it'll take place at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Tickets aren't on sale yet, and details on those are coming in a future update. All we know about PAX Australia 2022 so far is that it's happening.

PAX Australia will take place during Melbourne International Games Week (opens in new tab), which hosts "games-related" events from October 1-9, ranging industry-focused meet-ups, public events, through to the ominous-sounding "education" (jokes aside, these are "events designed for educators of all levels and explore the future of games in education"). So if you do fancy getting on the computer for a game every now and then, Melbourne sounds like a good place to be come spring.

At this stage it's completely unknown who will be at PAX Australia in the way of big gaming industry celebrities, but in the past big name attendees have included Phil Spencer, devs from CD Projekt Red and Arkane, and more.

And chances are this year's PAX will go ahead. Australian states imposed strict lockdowns during the delta strain of Covid-19, but didn't really impose any restrictions in response to the more recent—and ongoing—omicron variant. 

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.