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PAX 09 - Day 1

The Penny Arcade Expo was created by Jerry "Tycho" Holkins and Mike "Gabe" Krahulik of the Penny Arcade web comic and was announced on April 12, 2004. The inaugural event was held over two days at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA where roughly 3000 attendees came to see offerings from Microsoft, Nintendo, Ubisoft, and other developers/publishers. But it wasn't just about the miniature E3-like expo hall, as many panels allowed attendees access to discussions among developers and other Internet celebrities. And there were also concerts by bands such as The Minibosses and MC Frontalot. The first PAX also featured a tournament to end all tournaments known as the Omegathon.

After 2004, the show's attendance practically doubled each year. The exponential growth of the show forced the show's organizers to move to the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in downtown Seattle in 2007, effectively doubling the space available for the 30,000 attendees that came to the event that year. Since moving to the larger venue, PAX has used more of the WSCTC each year until 2009, when the entirety of the venue was utilized. Attendance during PAX 2009 was 60,750, and it has been indicated that a cap on ticket sales prevented an even larger number of people attending. Every PAX since 2009, the show has completely sold out prior to the show. And, in 2013, PAX Prime sold out in less than six hours.

At PAX 2008, Holkins and Krahulik announced the inaugural PAX East would be held on March 26-28, 2010 in Boston's John B. Hynes Veteran's Memorial Convention Center. Much like the original PAX, the East version immediately outgrew its venue and, in 2011, moved to the newer and much larger Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

At PAX Prime 2012, Holkins and Krahulik announced a third iteration of PAX, which would take place in Melbourne, Australia in July 2013.

PAX 2004

Meydenbauer Center

The inaugural Penny Arcade Expo.

  • August 28-29, 2004
  • Meydenbauer Center
  • Bellevue, Washington
  • 3,300 Attendees
  • Omegathon Finals: Pong

PAX 2005

  • August 26-28, 2005
  • Meydenbauer Center
  • Bellevue, Washington
  • 9,000 Attendees
  • Omegathon Finals: Combat

PAX 2006

  • August 25-27, 2006
  • Meydenbauer Center
  • Bellevue, Washington
  • 19,323 Attendees
  • Keynote Speaker: Alex St. John
  • Omegathon Finals: Tetris

PAX 2007


The Penny Arcade Expo upgrades to Seattle.

PAX 2008

Jonathan Coulton

Attendance nearly doubles for the fourth year in a row.

PAX 2009

Giant Bomb Re-Reunion Tour

The Penny Arcade Expo sells out prior to the event for the first time.

PAX East 2010

Omegathon Finals

The Penny Arcade Expo expands to the east coast.

PAX Prime 2010

Expo Hall

The Penny Arcade Expo grows to take over more of Seattle.

PAX East 2011


After just one year, PAX East expands to a larger venue.

PAX Prime 2011

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The eigth PAX Prime, and tenth overall PAX, expanded to utilize the entire WSCC with help from Halo Fest.

PAX East 2012

Expo Hall

PAX invades Boston on Easter weekend.

PAX Prime 2012

Omegathon Finals

PAX sells out in record time as tickets were gone within a few days of release.

PAX East 2013

Supergiant Games' Transistor

The fourth PAX East was the biggest PAX to date.

PAX Australia

Melbourne Showgrounds

The first PAX to be held outside of the United States.

PAX Prime 2013

Outside on Day 1

The tenth annual PAX and the first to cover four days.

PAX East 2014

Harmonix Royal Rumble

The fifth PAX East.

PAX Prime 2014

Giant Bomb Guide to eSports Victory

The tenth anniversary of the Penny Arcade Expo.

PAX Australia 2014

New venue.

The second annual PAX Australia moved to a larger venue as well as a later time in the year.

PAX South 2015

The inaugural PAX South made San Antonio the fourth city to host a Penny Arcade Expo.

PAX East 2015

The sixth PAX East.

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