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Gamers in Texas who want to share their passion with a crowd of like-minded individuals have had a few limiting options to do so in the past. There’s QuakeCon in Dallas, which is mainly focused on PC games. If you’re into pinball and classic arcade games, there’s the Texas Pinball Festival in Frisco. The ScrewAttack Gaming Convention is a little more general, but still relatively low-key, and Austin’s South by Southwest only has a small portion dedicated to gaming. While these events are popular, with attendance in the thousands, they pale in comparison to what folks on the east and west coast have been enjoying for years. Early next year, Texas gamers will finally get to see what they’ve been missing out on with PAX South.
On April 12, during the second day of PAX East in Boston, Massachusetts, Penny Arcade announced that they are bringing their extravagant gaming festival to San Antonio, Texas starting in early 2015.
Many consider PAX to be a gaming mecca, a celebration of all corners of gaming, from video games to tabletop. Fans from all over the world congregate at PAX events to celebrate their love for games by getting together to play video games, roll dice and toss cards in board games, throw down the gauntlet in competitive “e-sports,” demonstrate their creativity with their own independently developed games, and show off their costuming skills in game-themed cosplay.
In addition to the legion of fans in attendance, large game publishers also use PAX as a means of showing off the latest and greatest in the gaming world. Previous events featured showings from big companies like Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, debuting games that have never been seen before. Industry figures from games media and game development also use PAX as an opportunity to connect personally with their fans through informative and highly entertaining panels and workshops.
PAX South actually marks the fourth iteration of the convention, joining the ranks of PAX Prime in Seattle, PAX East in Boston, and PAX Australia in Melbourne.
In a press release, Penny Arcade president Robert Khoo stated, “Since its launch in 2004, PAX events have doubled in size almost every year, and our Seattle and Boston events represent the two largest gaming festivals in North America. We’ve been hearing for years that those in the south had a tough time making it to the northern corners of the country; PAX South has always been a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if.’”
PAX attendance numbers have grown to more than 70,000 attendees at each event. Three-day passes for the recently concluded PAX East 2014 sold out within 3 minutes of going on sale, 154 days before the actual event. For those interested in attending PAX South in January, be on the look out for when tickets go on sale in the coming months, or you might risk missing out on the biggest gaming celebration in Texas.
PAX South will be held next year from January 23rd to the 25th at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio.
By Alfredo Dizon, eParisExtra