PAX is sold-the-hell-out

By Patrick Garratt
1 September 2009 11:38 GMT


Thinking of going to PAX in Seattle this weekend? Haven’t registered? You’re doomed. It’s sold out.

From this tweet:

It’s official! PAX 2009 is completely sold out!

Got that? Sold out. You’ll just have to wait until next year, or hit up PAX East in Boston next March.

Thanks, Joystiq.

The event opens this Friday. There’s a press release after the break.

For Immediate Release


Expo Doors Open Friday!

SEATTLE – Aug. 31, 2009 – The organizers of the sixth annual PAX gaming festival announced today that all badges for the show this year are sold out. PAX 2009, to be held Sept. 4-6, is expected to draw the largest crowd in PAX history, industry professionals and media to the Washington State Convention and Trade Center for the three-day extravaganza.

“After the crazy crowds last year, the convention center cited fire code regulations and imposed a hard cap on the number of badges we are able to print and sell for PAX 2009,” said Penny Arcade’s Robert Khoo. “Amazingly, we’ve already hit that cap with just pre-registration sales and therefore no badges will be available for sale at the door.”

Highlights of the show include:

• PAX 2009 keynote from Ron Gilbert, 1pm-2pm
• Penny Arcade Q&A Panel #1, 2pm-3pm
• Live demonstration of Assassin’s Creed® II and Splinter Cell Conviction, 7:30pm-8:30pm
• Music concert with Anamanaguchi, Metroid Metal and MC Frontalot, 9:30pm-1:30am

• Pitch Your Game Idea, 2:30pm-3:30pm
• Live demonstration of Star Wars: The Old Republic, 3:30pm-4:30pm
• Music Concert with Freezepop, Paul and Storm, and Jonathan Coulton, 9:30pm-1:30am

• Penny Arcade Q&A Panel #2, 12:30pm-1:30pm
• Wil Wheaton presents: THE AWESOME HOUR!!1, 2:30pm-3:30pm
• Omegathon Final Round, 5pm-6pm

View the complete PAX 2009 schedule at

For those not fortunate enough to secure their badges for PAX 2009, don’t forget that it’s not too early to get a jump on the inaugural PAX East festival to be held March 26-28, 2010, at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston. Pre-registration is already available at

About PAX: PAX is a three-day celebration of games and gamer culture. The festival includes an exhibition floor filled with playable builds of upcoming tabletop, console, and computer games; a conference program of game industry speakers; music concerts; freeplay areas; industry parties; game tournaments and more. Since its inception in 2004 the show has doubled in size year-over-year, growing from 4,500 attendees to 58,500 in 2008, making it the largest gaming festival in North America. For more information, visit

About Penny Arcade: Equal parts online comic and commentary, Penny Arcade ( defines and reflects gamer culture. What started as a hobby in 1998 for Jerry “Tycho” Holkins and Mike “Gabe” Krahulik has grown into an online phenomenon serving 70 million page views a month to millions of readers worldwide. In addition to the comic strip and PAX gaming festival, Penny Arcade has expanded to include books, apparel and other merchandise, a video game and management of Child’s Play (, the gamer-driven charity for children that spans the globe.

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