It is no surprise how much the novel coronavirus has left an impact on gaming culture more than halfway into April now. However, despite the limiting factors that has already been established for more than a month now, organizer Penny Arcade shares some anticipating news regarding an approaching show slated for later this summer.
In a recent blog post from the event orchestrator, Penny Arcade clarified that regardless of the current situation that revolves around the ongoing virus, PAX West is still a go as of yet.
We tend to be pretty quiet this time of year, but since we’ve had some questions from fans and exhibitors we wanted to let everyone know that as of this moment, we’re still planning on putting together a great PAX West this coming Labor Day Weekend (September 4th – 7th) for you, and we will be updating our website with more information on badges and hotel registration in the coming months.
Fortunately, the organizers was able to pull off this year’s PAX East in Boston, Massachusetts back on the heel of February to March. And now for the approaching PAX West, Penny Arcade looks to be confident for the show to still commence by virtually the summer’s end. The group does clarify that it will continue to monitor notices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) to follow the proper steps before establishing that the time is acceptable for PAX West this year.
Regarding the approaching PAX Dev that is scheduled to take place just days prior to this year’s PAX West, Penny Arcade has yet to address if the separate show will also be taking place as of reporting.
The same can also be said for the partnered Indie Megabooth who disclosed just last week to be postponing attendance at future shows until tensions surrounding COVID-19 clears up. The independent game-focused group is a staple for PAX and if they will not be at the show this coming September, it surely will be a sad sight.
It is unsure exactly where organizers truly stand on the matter as some like Game for Gamescom feels uncertain of the circumstance when announcing that the annual August event will be going digital. But other shows like the Game Developers Conference (GDC) will commence that same month. Perhaps in Europe it is uncertain for public safety, but orchestrators in the United States show to be confident in properly hosting the approaching events.
Are you planning to attend PAX West later this year in Seattle, Washington?
PAX West will commence on September 4 and run until September 7.
Source: Penny Arcade