PAX will be a 9-day, non-stop online event this year

There'll be none of this in 2020. (Image credit: PAX)

PAX West, PAX Australia, and EGX have been cancelled as physical events this year, but the organizers behind them are pooling their energy to replace them with a nine-day online event that'll run 24-hours-a-day for the whole duration. They're calling it PAX Online, and it'll run September 12 through 20. It'll be free, too.

But what is PAX if not a physical gaming convention where throngs of people visit booths, trade pins, and play board games? It's these things:

  • "Digital adaptations of the panels, concerts, and competitions" that make up a typical PAX, livestreaming non-stop for the duration of the event. Also esports.
  • Downloadable game demos.
  • An online merch store.
  • "Custom chat rooms, tournament-aggregation systems, and the means to find groups to game with all week long."

In other words, it's the internet, but more organized. It won't be the same as the Seattle gathering, but the upside is that those who've never experienced a PAX in person will have the opportunity to watch all of the the panels. And for people who would normally attend PAX West in person, it means there's a zero percent chance they'll end up eating at the Cheesecake Factory across the street from Seattle's convention center, and that's a blessing even if they don't know it.

The organizers didn't explain exactly how they're going to distribute game demos or run some of the social aspects of the event—there'll be more details "soon."

For now, people who want to run panels can submit their ideas, and the organizers are looking for indie devs and exhibitors who want to be a part of the show. Find out more on the official site

Tyler Wilde
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Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley during the '80s and '90s, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on early PCs. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now, and PS1 classic Bushido Blade (that's right: he had Bleem!). Tyler joined PC Gamer in 2011, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. His hobbies include amateur boxing and adding to his 1,200-plus hours in Rocket League.