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The convention scene of 2020 has been filled with cancellations and postponements due to the global pandemic brought on by COVID-19. It seemed that holding conventions in September might be doable, but there are social distancing guidelines to consider.

Today, the team behind PAX West has announced their final stance on whether a physical, PAX West 2020 would happen. It isn’t, but that doesn’t mean there’s no PAX convention altogether. Following up with the cancellation of PAX West, PAX announced that an online version will be taking place instead:

“PAX Online is the result of the convention-organizing supergroup made up of the people responsible for PAX West, PAX Australia, as well as our new friends at EGX to create our new PAX Online and deliver a steady 24/7 stream of content, events, discussions, and gameplay.”

Previously, PAX Australia announced the postponement of PAX Australia, but have not responded/retweeted the PAX Online announcement. 

As for when PAX Online is taking place, it’s a nine daylong online convention starting September 12th and ending on September 20th. The online event will be free to attend and will feature panels, playable demos, eSports tournaments, and more. Currently, PAX is asking for panel submissions, indie developers to take part in their Indie Showcase, and exhibitors that would like to partner with them. 

If you’d like to stay up to date on PAX Online, there’s also a newsletter sign-up available on the official website.

It might not be the PAX West 2020 you had in mind, but now fans from all over the world can take part in PAX Online this September.


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)