PAX South is no longer due to Covid-19 and lack of growth

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PAX South is no longer, organizer ReedPop has announced (opens in new tab) via the official PAX Twitter account. The Texas arm of the convention is on the chopping board due to its failure to expand since its inaugural 2015 outing, though the Covid-19 pandemic hasn't helped things either.

"While each of our other events has flourished, some of them drawing hundreds of thousands of attendees from around the world, PAX South hasn't expanded and to some extent has remained the same show that it was when we opened it in 2015," the statement reads.

"Faced with that reality, and compounded by the impact of Covid-19, we have made the difficult decision to bring PAX South to an end for the foreseeable future."

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PAX South didn't have a scheduled 2021 event, though it was previously confirmed (opens in new tab) to be returning in 2022.

Videogame conventions haven't fared particularly well during the Covid-19 pandemic. PAX was a 9-day, non-stop online event (opens in new tab) last year, though PAX East failed to return in 2021 due to "ongoing public health concerns (opens in new tab)." PAX West went ahead in September, but it was a far smaller show (opens in new tab) than usual. PAX Australia has resorted to an online event for two years running.

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