While COVID-19 is still a large concern for many organizers around the globe, there is a shot for hope (literally). Millions are receiving vaccinations at an accelerated rate beyond what U.S. President Joe Biden could expect. So when Penny Arcade planned to kick off 2021 with PAX East this June, it was a shoe in for the event, right?
Well, that does not happen the case anymore. Although the group did plan ahead in anticipation to hold PAX East 2021 at the Boston Convention Center later this summer instead of the traditional early spring show, the organization alongside partner ReedPop decided to pull the show altogether after reviewing the current concerns for possible spread of COVID-19.
Although PAX East is out of the picture for this year, Penny Arcade plans to host PAX Online as a replacement later this July as stated in a press release.
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.
For those that might not recall from this past September, Penny Arcade introduced PAX Online as an alternative to PAX West following the show’s cancellation as COVID-19 was still a concern back in the fall. Similar to that show, this coming virtual event scheduled for the summer is to be a further extension on the progress made before.
“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”. Were you planning to attend PAX East this year?
PAX Online is to take place from July 15, 2021 to July 18, 2021.
Source: Penny Arcade