Last year’s Game Connect Asia Pacific kicked off with the news that Penny Arcade Expo would be coming to Australia. This year’s convention is no different – PAX AUS is coming back, October 31-November 2, 2014.
Louise Asher, Victorian Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business is more than happy with the arrangement:
PAX is the world’s leading games festival and the return of PAX Australia to Melbourne for the second consecutive year highlights Victoria’s reputation as a key hub for games development in the Asia Pacific region.
While it’s impossible to control the weather (particularly the Melbourne weather), event organisers have learned from the 2013 outing and changed two key factors.
First up: The dates have changed from July (that is, mid-winter in one of Australia’s rainiest cities), to late October, when the weather is clearing up and getting warmer by the day.
Secondly: An all-new venue. Melbourne Showgrounds had the capacity to host tens of thousands of gamers – but getting from one hall to another was a damp affair, given the weekend’s pouring rain. 2014 sees PAXAUS move to the Melbourne Convention Centre, a space nearly three times as large as the previous location.
The new space is also sure to please panel-goers, says Guy Blomberg, Content & Community Manager for PAX Australia:
Having PAX Aus 2014 in a different venue next year gives us so much more room to play with, it’s going to be fantastic. To put it in perspective, we’re going to have three times the amount space in our theatre/panel rooms!
Putting the event later in the year will place PAXAUS more favourably in the pre-Christmas calendar, and will remove it from the already-crowded June/July lineup (this year’s event was held the same weekend as San Diego Comic-Con). It also starts breathing down the neck of Australia’s other major gaming show – EB Games Expo – which has been at the start of October for the past few years.