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PAX West will be PAX Online this year

The nine-day event also replaces PAX Aus.

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Due to the impact of COVID-19, PAX West won't be going ahead as an in-person event in Seattle this year. A digital replacement, PAX Online, is on the cards instead. It'll run from September 12th-20th, and it'll be entirely free.

There'll be three streams running non-stop through the entire event, which will include gameplay, panels, concerts and competitions. PAX Online will feature esports tournaments and you'll be able to download some game demos to try at home. There'll be some surprises in store, along with some "new and exciting stuff."

PAX Aus and EGX events have also been canceled this year, and the folks behind those are also working on PAX Online. The team is working to help PAX community members connect with each other during the event though the likes of chat rooms, tournament systems and ways to group up and play together.

PAX West and Aus are just the latest major gaming expos to be affected by the pandemic. E3, Gamescom, Tokyo Game Show, Blizzcon and many more have either been canceled or moved online. PAX East was one of the last big game events to take place before shelter-in-place measures really took hold, but the likes of Sony and CD Projekt Red pulled out beforehand due to coronavirus concerns.