Penny Arcade and ReedPop revealed today that the PAX East 2021 gaming convention, which was originally scheduled for June 3rd through 6th, has been cancelled. PAX organizers have also confirmed PAX Online 2021, which will take place from July 15th to July 18th.
Though we hoped PAX East could be held safely, we remained pragmatic and did not sell any tickets or space to exhibitors to avoid causing significant inconvenience to our friends and partners,” says the organizer. ReedPop's PAX event manager, Kyle Marsden-Kish, said in a statement. “As we've shown by our acts during the pandemic, the wellbeing of the PAX family — from visitors, exhibitors, and show workers to media and content creators — as well as the local communities that host our celebrations of all things gaming — is of paramount importance to us. We will only continue with a live PAX if we are sure that the show will be safe for all attendees.”
PAX East will return to Boston in 2022, according to the conference organizers, although no precise date has been confirmed. They're also "cautiously optimistic" that PAX West and PAX Unplugged, which are scheduled for September and December, will go ahead as expected. PAX West was cancelled last year and replaced with the first PAX Online, a nine-day virtual experience that took place in September.
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, several conferences in 2021 have had to reschedule or make adjustments. The San Diego Comic-Con organizers revealed this weekend that a three-day in-person celebration would be held on the Friday through Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend in November. The organizers revealed in early March that the scheduled July conference event would be virtual rather than in person. Anime Expo 2021, which was originally scheduled for a July in-person event, revealed this month that it would now be an online event.