PAX East has been canceled, but organizers are “cautiously optimistic” about other in-person events

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The PAX East 2021 gaming convention, previously scheduled for June 3-6, is cancelled, Penny Arcade and event coordination company ReedPop announced today. The PAX organizers also announced an online convention, PAX Online 2021, from July 15-18.

“While we hoped that PAX East could take place safely, we remained realistic and did not sell tickets or space to exhibitors to avoid significantly hindering our friends and partners,” said Kyle Marsden-Kish, the PAX event director at ReedPop, in a statement. . “As we have shown through our actions during the pandemic, our main concern is the safety of the PAX family – from visitors, exhibitors and show staff to media and content creators – as well as the local communities hosting our celebrations. gaming. We will not proceed with a live PAX until we are sure the show will be safe for everyone. “

The conference organizers said PAX East will resume in Boston in 2022, but no specific date has been given. They are also “cautiously optimisticThat PAX West and PAX Unplugged will still take place as scheduled as personal events in September and December respectively. Last year, PAX West was canceled and replaced by the first PAX Online, which took place in September as a nine-day virtual event.

Many conventions in 2021 have had to shift their schedules or make changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the weekend, the organizers of the San Diego Comic-Con announced a three-day in-person event for the Friday through Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend in November. In early March, organizers had announced that the planned July convention event would be virtual rather than in-person. And Anime Expo 2021, also previously scheduled as a personal event in July, announced this month that it would shift to an online event.