With the calendar flicking over to October this morning, PAX Australia is officially happening this month. If you’re the sort of person who needs to plan everything out in advance, we’ve got the official map. And let me tell you – this thing is HUGE!
You can check out the full PAX Australia map here (pdf).
One of the more interesting things about this map isn’t who’s on there, but who’s not. Sony Australia does not have a booth, although developers Media Molecule certainly do. Last year, both Sony and Microsoft held off on exhibiting, reportedly because neither console company was sure on how big the show would be.
This year, there’s a big space dedicated to Xbox (and the return of Nintendo, but the PlayStation brand is strangely absent.
There’s also no Activision, Blizzard or EA, with PAX attendees instead treated to large stands from free-to-play publishers League of Legends and Wargaming. It’s also interesting to see Oculus VR claiming a bigger space this time around.
That said, we won’t be hungry for games. Of the 150+ separate exhibitors at PAX Australia, there are more than 60 indie developers (mostly locals) who have stands at the show. There’s also a PC Freeplay & Tournament space for more than 240 computers, a massive Tabletop area, console tournaments, classic gameplay and a handheld lounge complete with comfy beanbags.
Remember, this is all at a new location – the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, and there are still a handful of tickets remaining. Single day passes for Friday and Sunday are available, and there are “a bunch” of refunded 3-day passes in the system (enforcers, media and panellists have handed in tickets they no longer need). If you want to go, you’d better be quick… and start planning your cosplay!