PAX West will be the first big in-person gaming event since the start of the pandemic

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The big gamer crowds are coming back.

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The Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX, was one of many events canceled last year due to the pandemic. This year, however, it’s coming back, and it’s going to be in person.

PAX West 2021 will take place on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-6, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, according to a press release Tuesday. It’ll be the first large in-person gaming event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. 

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PAX was started in 2004 by the creator of the Penny Arcade webcomic as a place for gamers to gather and share their passion for video games and tabletop games. It’s since become an event for developers to show off their latest games and esports players to compete against one another. There are four events held each year: PAX West in Seattle; PAX East in Boston; PAX South in San Antonio, Texas; and PAX Australia, Melbourne. In February 2020, PAX East was the last in-person PAX event held.

Show organizers ReedPop and Penny say they’re working with venue officials, local governments and health authorities to determine event capacity, which will be reduced, and ensure a safe setting. More information about the health and safety guidelines will be released before the event. 

PAX West 2021 badges will go on sale in two weeks. Four-day passes will cost $230, while single-day passes will cost $60 each.

The COVID-19 vaccination numbers among adults continue to grow slowly, but there’s still no vaccine yet for the con flu attendees tend to catch when participating in these big events.

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