PAX Prime 2011 pulls in 70,000

Seattle-based open-to-the-public gaming event draws largest turnout in show history; PAX East scheduled for April 6-8, 2012.

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The Penny Arcade Expo may have grown out of a lowly webcomic, but it's quickly becoming one of the largest trade shows in the world. Business operations head Robert Khoo confirmed for GameSpot that this year's PAX Prime attracted about 70,000 attendees, making it the largest turnout in the Seattle show's history.

Who's steering this ship? These guys.

PAX Prime 2011's attendance figures just outpaced 2010's turnout of 67,600. However, the figure was on par with the second annual PAX East show, which drew some 69,500 people to Boston in March. PAX Prime 2011 had completely sold out of tickets three months before its doors opened in August.

The open-to-the-public three-day event was held at the Washington State Convention Center from August 26-28. Festivities commenced with a profanity-laden keynote address by Twisted Metal director David Jaffe, and it was followed by panels from 343 Industries, Gearbox Software, BioWare/Mythic, and Mojang, to name a few.

Show organizers Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik have expressed interest in expanding PAX to a third city. Details on that expansion have not yet been revealed. However, PAX East has been scheduled to return to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center from April 6-8, 2012.

For more from PAX Prime 2011, check out GameSpot's complete coverage.

Discussion

11 comments
Blitzman
Blitzman

I went to Pax West 2010, and must say it was a VERY impressive show. I am going to hit the East Coast PAX next year just to change scenery :) And to remind myself there are places in the world that are not filled with 110 degree Texas weather.

ggregd
ggregd

They do east and west, so do Central - in St. Louis.

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

Penny Arcade really is one of the most desperately unfunny webcomics I've ever read.

mcmax3000
mcmax3000

I expect that a third show will likely be overseas, probably in the UK. I don't expect that they'll do another one in the US.

ant2967
ant2967

It would be nice to have the 3rd PAX in the south. I live in Florida so Orlando would be a perfect place.

jhawk
jhawk

Man, I just wish they had a PAX Midwest in Chicago, I'd go in a heartbeat.

prostar343
prostar343

PAX and penny arcade is awesome, and can't wait for PAX East!

shinspikes
shinspikes

PAX was amazing, but I'm really hating that tickets are selling faster and faster as each year passes. Its making it harder to buy. I missed last year and almost missed this year. We need a new venue. The convention center isn't cutting it anymore. Its in high demand now, we need it at safeco field or something equivalent to that size.

metalkid9
metalkid9

Never been to PAX but I'm planning to attend Pax east. Should be nice!