PAX East

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PAX East is a four-day (originally 3-day pre-2018) game festival for tabletop, videogame, and PC gamers. It is called a festival because in addition to dedicated tournaments and freeplay areas there are nerdcore concerts, panel discussions, and an exhibitor hall filled with booths displaying the latest from top game publishers and developers. Even with all this amazing content the best part of PAX East is hanging out with other people who know their shit when it comes to all sorts of games.

PAX East is the second festival in the worldwide chain of Penny Arcade events. It debuted in 2010 with a story-time keynote from Will Wheaton. The first PAX East had 52,290. As of PAX East 2017, Penny Arcade welcomed over 70,000 unique and 230,000 turnstile attendees for the event this past March.

PAX East is owned in part by Penny Arcade, and in part by ReedPOP, who manages all logistics and management for the show.

PAX East 2018

PAX East 2018 will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston Massachusetts on April 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th. This PAX marks the debut of the 'Thursday' badge.

Registration will begin soon for this event.

History

PAX East 2018

PAX East 2018 was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston Massachusetts on April 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th.

Registration began on November 9th at 12:00pm PDT.

EVENT HOURS

Thursday, April 5th 2018 - 10am to midnight
Friday, April 6th 2017 - 10am to midnight
Saturday, April 7th 2017 - 10am to midnight
Sunday, April 8th 2017 - 10am to 7pm

EXHIBIT HALL HOURS

Thursday, April 5th 2018 - 10am to 6pm
Friday, April 6th 2017 - 10am to 6pm
Saturday, April 7th 2017 - 10am to 6pm
Sunday, April 8th 2017 - 10am to 6pm

PAX East 2017

PAX East 2017 was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston Massachusetts on March 10th, 11th, and 12th.

Registration began on October 20th at 11:30am PDT.

EVENT HOURS

Friday, March 10th 2017 - 10am to midnight
Saturday, March 11th 2017 - 10am to midnight
Sunday, March 12th 2017 - 10am to 7pm

EXHIBIT HALL HOURS

Friday, March 10th 2017 - 10am to 6pm
Saturday, March 11th 2017 - 10am to 6pm
Sunday, March 12th 2017 - 10am to 6pm

PAX East 2016

PAX East 2016 was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston Massachusetts on April 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.

Registration began on October 8th at 10:30am PDT.

EVENT HOURS

Friday, April 22nd 2016 - 10am to midnight
Saturday, April 23rd 2016 - 10am to midnight
Sunday, April 24th 2016 - 10am to 7pm

EXHIBIT HALL HOURS

Friday, April 22nd 2016 - 10am to 6pm
Saturday, April 23rd 2016 - 10am to 6pm
Sunday, April 24th 2016 - 10am to 6pm

PAX East 2015

PAX East 2015 was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston Massachusetts on March 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.

Registration began on November 12th at Noon PDT.

EVENT HOURS

Friday, March 6th 2015 - 10am to midnight
Saturday, March 7th 2015 - 10am to midnight
Sunday, March 8th 2015 - 10am to 7pm

EXHIBIT HALL HOURS

Friday, March 6th 2015 - 10am to 6pm
Saturday, March 7th 2015 - 10am to 6pm
Sunday, March 8th 2015 - 10am to 6pm

PAX East 2014

PAX East 2014 will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston Massachusetts on April 11th, 12th, and 13th.

Registration began on October 23rd at noon EDT. 3-day badges sold out within 45 minutes, with Saturday badges following at the 4 hour mark. Friday and Sunday badge currently have "low" availability.

EVENT HOURS

Friday, April 11th 2014 - 10am to midnight
Saturday, April 12th 2014 - 10am to midnight
Sunday, April 13th 2014 - 10am to 7pm

EXHIBIT HALL HOURS

Friday, April 11th 2014 - 10am to 6pm
Saturday, April 12th 2014 - 10am to 6pm
Sunday, April 13th 2014 - 10am to 6pm

PAX East 2013

PAX East 2013 will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston Massachusetts on March 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.

Registration went live on October 8th, 2012 offering 3-day badges for $70, and single day badges for $35 each. 3-day badges sold out on October 9th, 2012 (around 30 hours after their release) and Saturday badges sold out on November 29th, 2012. The entire event did end up selling out before the show dates.

For the first time for PAX East, BYOC registration was tied directly to regular registration. BYOC badges sold out on October 15th, 2012.

EVENT HOURS

Friday, March 22nd 2013 - 10am to 2am
Saturday, March 23rd 2013 - 10am to 2am
Sunday, March 24th 2013 - 10am to 7pm

EXHIBIT HALL HOURS

Friday, March 22nd 2013 - 10am to 6pm
Saturday, March 23rd 2013 - 10am to 6pm
Sunday, March 24th 2013 - 10am to 6pm

PAX East 2012

PAX East 2012 was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston Massachusetts on April 6th, 7th, and 8th.

Registration went live on November 3rd, 2011 offering 3-day badges for $65, and single day badges for $35 each. 3-day badges sold out on January 8th, 2011. Saturday and Friday badges also eventually sold out (in that order) but Sunday badges did not sell out. This was largely attributed by attendees to the holiday weekend.

BYOC registration began on January 6th, 2012.

EVENT HOURS

Friday, April 6th 2012 - 10am to 2am
Saturday, April 7th 2012 - 10am to 2am
Sunday, April 8th 2012 - 10am to 7pm

EXHIBIT HALL HOURS

Friday, April 6th 2012 - 10am to 6pm
Saturday, April 7th 2012 - 10am to 6pm
Sunday, April 8th 2012 - 10am to 6pm

Date Controversy

The decision to hold PAX East 2012 on Easter weekend was met with resistance from some attendees. Explanations were posted by both Robert Khoo and jaberwockynmt (the info booth manager at PAX).

Robert Khoo's Explanation:

There are a number of factors playing into the decision to choose Easter Weekend, including:
1. Actually having dates where the entirety of the convention center is open, and that's not just for show days. It takes us five full days to setup and two full days to strike.
2. Not overlapping the Boston Marathon
3. Not being close to any large event/conferences within boston that would hurt our ability to negotiate for lower hotel room rates for attendees.
4. Not overlapping with GDC (since many developers and publishers go to both)
5. Not overlapping with Anime Boston
6. Not overlapping with SXSW
7. As far away from PAX Prime the previous year (so not too early) so we can plan the show.
8. As far away from PAX Prime, E3 and SDCC the next year (so not too late).
So, that said, when looking at that list, I came to the realization a long time ago fulfilling all of those is an impossibility. One of two of those gives every year. (same with prime, only with different criteria/shows) For instance, this year we needed to overlap with SXSW, and tons of speakers and guests couldn't make it because they were booked for that. It's just a reality of the show.
That list is pretty much in order of importance. Tough decisions need to get made because of it, and to get #s 1-3 in alignment, #s 4, 5 or 6 had be compromised. It's unfortunate, but it had to happen.

jaberwockynmt wrote:

For any show this big (or even much, much smaller), the dates are contracted at least 12 months before the show and sometimes as many as 8 years out (as evidenced by the show that pushed this last Prime to the weekend before Labor Day). The dates are made public as late as reasonable in the off chance that something goes wrong in such a way that they need to change. They probably have the dates set for PAX East 2013 already (maybe even 2014), but we won't be allowed to know the 2013 dates until at least February 2012 (probably more like April).
PAX will always be held on the best weekend for PAX. Sometimes that will be a bad weekend for you.

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