Both PAX West and PAX Australia have been called off for 2020. In their place will a new event: PAX Online. Taking place September 12 through September 20, PAX Online will look to bring the PAX show floor online for one majorly long PAX week.
Penny Arcade and ReedPOP announced today that PAX Online will be free for all to attend, with a lineup of game reveals, hands-on demos, and esports tournaments. Essentially, it's a PAX show that you might expect from the annual PAX West, but online and across nine days.
Panel submissions are open right now, as well as submissions for the PAX Online Indie Showcase. The former closes on July 24, while indie developers have until July 17 to register for the showcase. Streaming platforms for the online show will be announced in the coming weeks.
"Even if we can't all meet in Seattle or Melbourne this year, we look forward to reconnecting with our friends and welcoming everyone to our new home, PAX Online," said PAX co-founder Jerry Holkins in a press release. "Technically, you're already there."
With the outbreak of COVID-19 forcing most major gaming events to go digital over health concerns, it's no surprise that PAX is following suit and taking the necessary precautions. An online event may not be the same as an in-person event for community-focused shows like PAX, but maybe the social atmosphere can adapt in the wake of our online-oriented reality. At the very least, we'll still have some panels and demos.
Disclosure: USgamer is owned and operated by ReedPop, which also runs the PAX family of shows.