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PAX South Ticket Sale Date Estimates

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So I've only ever been to East and I'm trying to estimate when I need to be stalking the forums/Twitter religiously for the release of badges for PAX South since I don't always just hang out and refresh those things every hour of every day. Ha! There's no PAX South site just yet. Does anyone have any ideas, just based on past experience getting badges for different PAXes, as to when they might go on sale? Thanks for the input!

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  • brettpoolbrettpool Registered User regular
    edited April 2014
    This is the only info that come out as far as I know

    Interview with Khoo during PAX East and he says they should be on sale in the next 2-3 months.

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  • miker525miker525 New YorkRegistered User regular
    edited April 2014
    I think I'd probably guess a few weeks after Prime takes place

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  • HearthsingerHearthsinger Actor/Writer NYCRegistered User regular
    edited April 2014
    Yeah Khoo's advice has been to add the official twitter for pax and his to your mobile alerts and that's what I've done! Thanks for all the help guys <3

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    I think they will definitely go on sale before pax prime. Then after pax prime, they will handle pax east ticket sales. I suppose I could be wrong about this, but I don't think I am.

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  • LazorzLazorz Tokyo, JPRegistered User regular
    I'm confident that tickets will go up in July. We'll get some information before then, such as the actual functioning http://south.paxsite.com page, but... July. It's a good middle spot between Prime sales and Prime itself.

    Also, I wouldn't be too nervous about not getting a badge. It's good that you're on your toes, but PAX South is brand new. I would be amazed if it sold out anywhere near as fast as PAX East (or God forbid, Prime). You'll be fine :)

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  • MattauiMattaui Dallas, TXRegistered User regular
    Yeah, I think we're safe until the site goes live at the very least. But the SMS notification for the twitter feed is a great idea, going to set that up right now! Already got my hotel booked, you see, so I'm a little anxious about it myself. :)

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  • HearthsingerHearthsinger Actor/Writer NYCRegistered User regular
    Oh man. If they go up in July, I'm gonna be in trouble cause I'll be in Italy. BLERRRRG. #questioningmylifechoices The last time I trusted my boyfriend with this shiz, I almost didn't get to go to PAX East this year.

  • HearthsingerHearthsinger Actor/Writer NYCRegistered User regular
    Mattaui wrote: »
    Yeah, I think we're safe until the site goes live at the very least. But the SMS notification for the twitter feed is a great idea, going to set that up right now! Already got my hotel booked, you see, so I'm a little anxious about it myself. :)

    What hotel did you grab? I'm curious what the "Westin" of South will be. Cause I've always been at one of the farther hotels at East.

  • WickershamWickersham Registered User regular
    A lot depends on what group rates they're able to negotiate for PAX. The Hyatt, Marriott, and Hilton are each right across the street from the Henry B, and they're going to set you back $150 to $200 a night. That isn't terribly expensive, but it's more than I'm looking to pay for a room I don't plan to use for anything but passing out in at three in the morning. As it stands I've reserved a cheap room at the Days Inn three blocks from the convention for about $100 a night. If PA can beat that at a better hotel, that's where I'll be.

  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    I think the Hyatt is the closest and perhaps connected hotel.

  • orthancstoneorthancstone TexasRegistered User regular
    The Grand Hyatt is connected. There are a handful of other Hyatt hotels nearby (a Hyatt Regency and some Hyatt Places), but the Grand is the one that is attached.

    The next closest is the Marriott Riverwalk (the Marriott Rivercenter is one block further than the Riverwalk hotel) which is just across the street. You can cross under the street if you don't like traffic, but you'll need to go back to street level to enter the convention center.

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  • TripleozeroTripleozero Registered User regular
    I booked at the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk when they made the venue announcement. If PAX South gets on board with the onPeak stuff, that may change though.

    I was really pulling for Atlanta since the Southeast never gets the cool stuff. San Antonio is still way the hell out there.

  • WuShockWuShock Lawful Good South BrownbackistanRegistered User regular
    So I've only ever been to East and I'm trying to estimate when I need to be stalking the forums/Twitter religiously for the release of badges for PAX South since I don't always just hang out and refresh those things every hour of every day. Ha! There's no PAX South site just yet. Does anyone have any ideas, just based on past experience getting badges for different PAXes, as to when they might go on sale? Thanks for the input!

    I'm going to guess that it won't be until after Prime. More specifically, I'm going to guess that South passes will go on sale in late September and East passes will go on sale in October.

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  • orthancstoneorthancstone TexasRegistered User regular
    WuShock wrote: »
    I'm going to guess that it won't be until after Prime.

    In an interview he did at East, Khoo stated that South tickets would go on sale within 2-3 months. After Prime seems later than he intended in that interview; then again, who knows if Prime was supposed to go on sale sooner. I'm still counting on June/July until he says otherwise.

    (As always, "Soon" is always a variable definition :D)

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  • DolarrahDolarrah New JerseyRegistered User regular
    They usually don't do more then 5 months in front of any event and its usually more like 4, so I am betting on Immidiately before or after prime to take advantage of the Prime to take advantage of the hype.



  • YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular
    Dolarrah wrote: »
    They usually don't do more then 5 months in front of any event and its usually more like 4, so I am betting on Immidiately before or after prime to take advantage of the Prime to take advantage of the hype.

    What they "usually" do isn't worth much. Look at this year's Prime sales. Prime normally went on sale 19 weeks before it happened. This year is was 13 weeks. Usually works until they have any reason to change it. Having a new event to sell for is a big change. Selling 19 weeks before South would be a week after Prime, which'll never happen. So when you factor in the normal event recovery times, you start with very little margin for slipping. I'd expect South to normally go on sale a good bit before before Prime. After is too little margin, right before gets in the way of Prime prep.

    They said South would go on sale 2-3 months after East. That is June 12th - July 12th. I see no reason to doubt that.

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  • DolarrahDolarrah New JerseyRegistered User regular
    edited June 2014
    YoungFrey wrote: »
    They said South would go on sale 2-3 months after East. That is June 12th - July 12th. I see no reason to doubt that

    I have every reason to doubt that. I have quite a few people who I know who work in the San Antonio Area Hotel and Tourism Industry and from what I am hearing they are not even sure at this point the people organizing PAX South can pull it off at all much less start the sales in a couple of weeks. The company that runs PAX is going full force on PRIME now, and immediately after that will need to gear up for the Aussies. The gaming conventions in that area are pretty establish thanks to the two big Austin Gods, and there is not a lot of need for a after the holidays convention when nobody has anything new to announce. The group was counting on PAX name recognition to be the driving force more then availability of new gaming content. Based on all this, coupled with several major companies already saying they see no reason to have a presence, South is shaping up to be the Bastard Step Child of PAX, if not the entire gaming conventions community. Until they have something to offer, which by all accounts they don't right now, ticket sales are not going to be a high priority. There efforts are better spent on Prime and Australia until October.

    Just in case you think I am being too much of a "Negative Nancy" I already book my hotel and am working on some "community activities" for that weekend. The event will happen, but I am skeptical it will live up to full PAX hype.

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  • Knight_Knight_ Dead Dead Dead Registered User regular
    shrug, east has the same announcement problem as it's pre-e3, same time as gdc, and all the big games that slipped q4 into q1 already came out. people still go like crazy.

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  • Josh5890Josh5890 ChicagoRegistered User regular
    Dolarrah wrote: »
    YoungFrey wrote: »
    They said South would go on sale 2-3 months after East. That is June 12th - July 12th. I see no reason to doubt that

    I have every reason to doubt that. I have quite a few people who I know who work in the San Antonio Area Hotel and Tourism Industry and from what I am hearing they are not even sure at this point the people organizing PAX South can pull it off at all much less start the sales in a couple of weeks. The company that runs PAX is going full force on PRIME now, and immediately after that will need to gear up for the Aussies. The gaming conventions in that area are pretty establish thanks to the two big Austin Gods, and there is not a lot of need for a after the holidays convention when nobody has anything new to announce. The group was counting on PAX name recognition to be the driving force more then availability of new gaming content. Based on all this, coupled with several major companies already saying they see no reason to have a presence, South is shaping up to be the Bastard Step Child of PAX, if not the entire gaming conventions community. Until they have something to offer, which by all accounts they don't right now, ticket sales are not going to be a high priority. There efforts are better spent on Prime and Australia until October.

    Just in case you think I am being too much of a "Negative Nancy" I already book my hotel and am working on some "community activities" for that weekend. The event will happen, but I am skeptical it will live up to full PAX hype.

    Eh. Companies never really made BIG game announcements at the PAX's. Sure there were small announcements like Ducktails in 2013 but uts not like Uncharted has ever premiered there. Heck we already have Batman Arkham Knight getting delayed and others will follow so there shouldn't be a shortage of games to play.

    I don't have any insight or insiders knowledge but I would assume that Pax didn't pick this date on a dart board. If they are going to invest in another Pax then they are going to talk to developers first about the end of January.

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  • WuShockWuShock Lawful Good South BrownbackistanRegistered User regular
    I think it's perfectly placed to coincide with the actual release dates of the Christmas-season EA titles. :wink:

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  • Robert KhooRobert Khoo Registered User, ClubPA staff
    Dolarah, I think some of your conceptions on the industry are a little off base. We, of course, discussed the timing and location of south heavily with our exhibitors and other partners - we specifically chose post holiday to maximize our chances of success and literally had the world to choose from in regard to locations. Perhaps your friends are specialists in the SA tourism, but I don't think they quite understand the gaming ecosystem.

    Ha, I remember hearing the bastard step child analogy for east too.

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  • DolarrahDolarrah New JerseyRegistered User regular
    Like I said I am not trying to be Negative Nancy, I am gung ho about South, but its a long way off and there are a lot of ducks not lined up. My thoughts are ticket sales will not be soon because there is to much else to line up before you consider promoting it, and as a new event you want hype. Though to hype something that would be in direct competition to PRIME would seem to be shooting ones self in the foot, I can easily see ticket sales the week of PAX Prime or even best scenario ever, the first day of PAX Prime, but June tickets for a late January convention makes little sense. They would be scooped up by the resellers and on E-Bay as fast as the scammers could type. Boston was originally thought of as a Bastard Step Child ? Never heard that before from the community. As far as SA goes, I think its ripe for the picking, and I think the timing from lack of competition could not be better. I hope you will have a successful convention as I will be there, but It is a slow time in the video gaming industry life cycle. PAX is not just about the next big announcement and certainly not just about video games, so I don't claim to have any inside information about it other then my friends in the hotel/tourism industry down there who are claiming they have had either little or no contact about the event.

    As there is no forum, no site, and nothing to hype yet, its a little difficult to picture ticket sales in the next 2-4 weeks.

    But in any case to Paraphrase a bad movie (ok some of you liked it) "You had me at PAX South"

    Good luck and all the best wishes,
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  • schussschuss Registered User regular
    Well, considering Reed does most of their expo management, things can move fast based on their connections. Also, depending on where your friends are in the org, it could be on the calendar already but they haven't been told. If there's no direct con competition in SA during that time, there's also not quite the pressing need for lots of blocks everywhere.
    Having organized stuff before (albeit not of this size), there's usually a very limited number of people (<5 on the hotel/expo side) who are involved until the blocks hit and the announcement drops to prevent all sorts of misinformation/false starts on stuff while you're still hashing out some of the details.

  • BekerBeker Child's Play Program Director SeattleRegistered User, Penny Arcade Staff regular
    They held a PAX in another country and the first year sold out. I have faith this one will also sell out since it is in the same country as two other, much larger(for now) PAXen.

    Far as hype, I'm not sure PAX (in the US at least) has ever bothered to pay for advertising. People very much enjoy the show, and so news types want to spread the word about their goings on. The Hype builds super fast when they announce something, and if they want to build it before they go on sale, all they have to say is "Tickets..... Soon(tm)". Meanwhile they can busily plan the behinds the scenes bits without having to worry about or manage the "Hype".

    RE: it being a slow season for video games. Maybe that leaves more room for independent developers. Maybe more room for table top. Maybe it will be part of a shift in when the busy season even is. Maybe this PAX will have more focus on the gaming community and less on the games themselves. Maybe it is a changing event and will evolve over time. It probably will be a slightly different PAX with its own unique twist, this is a good thing.

    Thats all in the future, i'm confident it will be a fun and rewarding event, and look forward to seeing it grow.

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  • DolarrahDolarrah New JerseyRegistered User regular
    I am sure it will be a huge success. They could have no companies show up and it would sell out, the question would be would anyone come to the 2nd one. Reed is to big and too good of a company to risk that. The only point I was trying to make was ticket sales before end of June would be almost unimaginable and this is getting turned into a Your Bashing PAX Post.

    I LOVE PAX, I SUPPORT PAX, I CANT WAIT TO GO. But ticket sales in June would be crazy.

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  • orthancstoneorthancstone TexasRegistered User regular
    Dolarrah wrote: »
    But ticket sales in June would be crazy.

    I wouldn't say it is crazy since July is the latest they could go. August through November is too busy (we know key PA members are busy in the weeks leading up to PAX and that PA typically goes low-key after PAX), and I strongly doubt they would sell South tickets as late as December for a new event.

    In essence, I can't imagine anything later than the next 45 days.

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  • DolarrahDolarrah New JerseyRegistered User regular
    I agree December would be shooting self in foot, I just think the September is better timed, but they are the experts and I bow to their wisdom (especially since I have no input in the decision), but since we all just playing guessing games, my money is on Aug or Sept still, but as you can tell I am monitoring the site closely in case they all look at each other and say "SCREW DOL" and start sales tomorrow.



  • Josh5890Josh5890 ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited June 2014
    It's funny that Pax South is 7+ months away but we are starting to get on our toes about Pax South. I figure once the website goes live then we are going to start the panic.

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  • BouwsTBouwsT Wanna come to a super soft birthday party? Registered User regular
    Josh5890 wrote: »
    It's funny that Pax prime is 7+ months away but we are starting to get on our toes about Pax South. I figure once the website goes live then we are going to start the panic.

    Prime is 7+ months away? If by 7 you mean 2...

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  • PurpleSkyPurpleSky Registered User regular
    Question is slightly off topic but not enough that it warranted an entirely new thread. Just curious should PAX South start getting its own forum section? Since tickets sound like they might be soon I was just wondering if we'll see the PAX South forum section soon?

  • Josh5890Josh5890 ChicagoRegistered User regular
    BouwsT wrote: »
    Josh5890 wrote: »
    It's funny that Pax prime is 7+ months away but we are starting to get on our toes about Pax South. I figure once the website goes live then we are going to start the panic.

    Prime is 7+ months away? If by 7 you mean 2...

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  • kyan22kyan22 Tucson,azRegistered User regular
    Hopefully we can get tickets. We want to use pax south as our honeymoon and since we live in az its so much closer then prime

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    Texas rocks

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  • YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular
    kyan22 wrote: »
    Hopefully we can get tickets. We want to use pax south as our honeymoon and since we live in az its so much closer then prime
    I view PAX South as only physically closer. I live in Arizona too, but I'm flying to any PAX I go to, and the flight times and costs are very close and favor Seattle (on Southwest at least). Of course this is academic if you can't get tickets to Prime.

  • sacratoysacratoy Colorado, USARegistered User regular
    I've scored a hotel, but if I can get tickets, I'll probably be making the trek by car from Denver. Maybe we can get some carpools together for south :open_mouth:

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  • Kaoken00Kaoken00 TexasRegistered User regular
    So this being the first south, will we get some notification about ticket sales or is it going to be that same how all ticket sales are done.

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  • orthancstoneorthancstone TexasRegistered User regular
    Twitter is still probably the best bet.

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  • YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular
    Kaoken00 wrote: »
    So this being the first south, will we get some notification about ticket sales or is it going to be that same how all ticket sales are done.
    I'm sure it will go out via Twitter (@Official_PAX). But once the webpage is created, setting a page notification for it is a good idea too.

  • Josh5890Josh5890 ChicagoRegistered User regular
    Pax South forum is open. Let the panicking begin

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