In a press release today, ReedPOP and Penny Arcade announced the introduction of PAX South. The first annual PAX South will take place in San Antonio, TX from January 23-25, 2015. This will now expand their event calendar to include Seattle, Boston, San Antonio, and Melbourne, Australia.
Regarding the addition of a new event, the release reads:
The new show will build on the foundation of the PAX format giving fans a healthy mix of the latest and greatest in video games, tabletop games, game inspired music, competitive gameplay, and insight from leaders in the world of gaming.
Lance Fensterman, Global Vice President of ReedPOP, was very excited to bring this new event to their calendar:
The love of gaming in all its many forms, whether that be on a TV, a computer, a phone, or even a tabletop, is hitting an all-time high. PAX gives gaming fans one place to get a glimpse of emerging trends and does it in a truly fun and interactive way.
No doubt, this is exciting news, as it provides another event for gamers in the Southern United States to attend without having to travel to either coast. It seems that PAX South was an inevitability, as described by Robert Khoo, Penny Arcade President:
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.’
This is most definitely exciting news. The industry can never have too many expos, as they not only provide gamers to get closer to the industry, but more importantly, allow the developers and industry insiders to get closer to the gamers. PAX South is sure to be a popular and successful event.