Seattle, Washington, September 6, 2022— PAX West, one of the largest gaming conventions in the world, returns for its 18th annual conference at the Seattle Convention Center from September 2-5, offering four days of tabletop, arcade, role-playing, trading cards and video games .
Special guests include Dungeons & Dragons rules architect Jeremy Crawford, Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty, voice actor Faye Mata (Fire Emblem: Three Houses, League of Legends, Sailor Moon, Detective Pikachu), Robin Atkin Downes (No More Heroes, Metal Gear Solid), Casey Mongillo (Neon Genesis: Evangelion), WW Wrestler Austin Creed (AKA King Woods), and several well-known video game streamers, Youtubers and cosplayers.
A large exhibit hall of hundreds of retailers, developers, publishers, and more shared playable demos of upcoming games with attendees, while the convention center’s 68 meeting rooms were reserved for inspirational discussion groups, Trailers, live streams, speed runs, races, and back-to-back performances of upcoming projects. Free arcade and pinball machines, handheld gaming lounges, BYOC (bring your own computer) LAN parties, virtual reality and giveaways are just some of the many things attendees will keep busy during their four-day visit.
In PAX tradition, the Omegathon is a “mega” tournament that spans the entire duration of the convention, where participants are randomly selected to compete in weekend-long bracket tournaments of various platforms and types for grand prizes.
For CCG players, Magic the Gathering, Pokémon TCG and Digimon TCG tournaments run from opening to closing with impressive prizes. The Zulu Board Game Cafe in Bothell also hosts a full board game/table game room, where attendees can rent board games, participate in one-off D&D events, or learn new games from experienced staff. Many of the offered games can also be purchased from Zulu’s connected retail booth. The retro video game library even offers the opportunity to rent out classic consoles like the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo or the original Playstation with a catalog of games to play with yourself, friends or family.
Nintendo is the only company of the Big Three (Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation) to show off its latest hit, Splatoon 3, a competitive third-person paintball game set to release on September 9. Reggie Fils-Aimé, the former CEO of Nintendo of America, also appeared on a discussion panel Saturday to talk about his time at Nintendo, which was largely reflected in his game Disrupting Games: From the Bronx to the Top of Nintendo, which he released this year. ” in the book.
The first Penny Arcade Expo (PAX for short) was organized by Seattle residents Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, authors of the popular Penny Arcade webcomic. The pair, avid gamers themselves, wanted to organize an event dedicated to gaming and hosted their first PAX in 2004 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Holkins was also a special guest who offered meet-and-greet and autograph opportunities.
Attendance quickly surpassed the original venue—from 3,300 in its first year to 9,000 in 2005 and 19,000 in 2006—moving to the Washington State Convention Center in 2007. By 2009, Penny Arcade had partnered with ReedPop, organizer of Seattle’s Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC), which had over 39,000 attendees that year. PAX stopped recording attendance in 2011, but by 2013 tickets for the now multi-day event sold out within the first six hours of going on sale.
Originally intended to be a Seattle-only event, PAX expanded to the East Coast in 2010 with PAX East in Boston, became an international event in Melbourne in 2013 with PAX Australia, and launched PAX in Santa Antonia, Texas in 2015 South. ReedPop announced in 2021, however, it will be discontinuing PAX South due to lack of attendance. To distinguish itself from the expansion, Seattle’s PAX was renamed PAX West in 2015.