Gaming convention PAX East will be staying Boston for ten more years, extending its contract with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority through 2023. PAX will also fund the state’s new games institute to the tune of $25,000 per year.
In just two years, the Penny Arcade Expo East (PAX East) has become the largest convention in Boston, posting 69,500 attendees over three days last March. In a release from the MCCA Wednesday, PAX East organizers said that they hope to reach 100,000 attendees per event over the next ten years, making it one of the largest video gaming events in the world.
With the 2012 PAX East convention happening at the same time as the longer-running Anime Boston this year, that number may be reached sooner rather than later. Officially, however, PAX organizers said in the release that they expect upwards of 75,000 attendees in the upcoming convention, to be held April 6-8 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
The Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI) will be getting a total of $325,000 over the next 10 years from PAX East. Based at Becker College in Worcester, was launched in 2011 to promote collaboration between academia and the gaming industry in the Bay State. In December, it named local technology veteran Monty Sharma as its first managing director.
Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, who helped launch MassDiGI, said in a statement in the release that “PAX East’s commitment to bringing the largest East Coast video gaming convention to Boston and providing an annual donation to MassDiGI complements ongoing collaboration to increase economic activity within the state and foster knowledge-transfer between Massachusetts and the rest of the world.”
Alas, I'm sure my hopes will be dashed :P
Hmm... I seem to have misplaced my signature...
After time adrift among open stars
Among tides of light and to shoals of dust
I will return to where I began
That said, awesome news! I just hope that the plans to expand the BCEC and the available hotel rooms in the area happen sooner rather than later, otherwise I don't see how they'll be hitting the 100,000 people.
Also I completely agree. Last year some of the security people were just rude to me. One of asked (very rudely and aggressively) to see my badge several times as I rode down the escalator. I showed it to them before I even got on, and they seemed to keep being convinced I never did until I made it to the bottom and just walked away. Also I was with a group of friends, and I was the only one the person was set on seeing. She completely ignored my friends.
Cosplay Check List: WOOPER [X]
It sounds like you guys are referring to MCCA Public Safety - the venue's own security staff, who the PAX hierarchy can't directly control - but if the above comments do refer to Enforcers (which I doubt, but you never know...) please PM me. Thanks!
Cosplay Check List: WOOPER [X]
Here's a bit more good news: seems another large hotel wants to set up shop in the immediate vicinity of the BCEC.
Thanks Penny Arcade for making our city a place worth visiting even at the end of winter! =D
PAX East '12 Team Totodile Gold - Professor
Well, there are expansion plans for the BCEC going forwards. They haven't been 100% finalized but the intent is to effectively double the size of the center, and add two more huge hotels (one of which would be a second attached hotel). Link.
This makes me cry happy tears.
Though I find it hard to believe they will make the center EVEN BIGGER! The convention center in Seattle is already totally dwarfed by BCEC; so it's crazy to think of such huge expansions planned.
You're not the only one. PAX aside, the BCEC has been having trouble even filling its existing space.
I live just outside of NYC and while it would certainly make it less expensive for me, I don't think NYC would have made a good place for PAX East anyway. Now if they could just do something about hotel prices and the T not running 24 hrs
3DS Friend Code: 3926-5491-9247
Also the MCCA security and concession staff aren't likely to get any better. Being state employees I'm sure they're comfortably settled into a powerful union. I remember last year a concession employee was very angry that his coworkers continued to serve the people in the line until they ran out of food, approximately five minutes after they were scheduled to close. After he stormed off they continued to sell what was left and then shut down.
All this aside, it's very nice to see that PAX East is staying in Boston for the long haul. I hope they wont be forced to coincide with Anime Boston too many times in the future, but unfortunately the way trade show's tend to book space years in advance, newer shows often have very little say due to the little space left for a show of this size and scope.
world attaching the electrodes of knowledge to the nipples
of ignorance?" - John Lithgow, 3rd Rock from the Sun