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Overview

PAX West 2016 was the fourth Penny Arcade Expo to span four days, rather than the normal three. It took place from September 2-5, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington.

The PAX West 2016 Storytime Session (keynote) speaker was Amy Hennig.

Registration & Attendance

PAX West 2016 badges went on sale on June 7, 2016 at 1:00 PM PDT, which was the latest date in the history of the show. They were entirely sold out in about two hours. For the second year in a row, organizers did not offer an all-weekend pass. Attendees were forced to buy four separate days' badges if they intended on going all four days.

  • Friday ($45 US) - Sold out in ~1.5 hours.
  • Saturday ($45 US) - Sold out in ~1.25 hours.
  • Sunday ($45 US) - Sold out in ~1.5 hours.
  • Monday ($45 US) - Sold out in ~2 hours.

The PAX 10

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A panel of 50 industry experts rated dozens of submissions to narrow it down to just ten. To be eligible for entry, games cannot have outside funding, cannot be mods of existing games, and must be in at least beta form. Previous games featured in The PAX 10 include Ridiculous Fishing, Rogue Legacy, Bastion, Audiosurf, Johann Sebastian Joust, Machinarium, Fez, Darkest Dungeon, and The Maw.

The Omegathon

The Omegathon is an annual tournament held at PAX that pits 20 randomly selected attendees in a three day marathon of games that span the spectrum of the gaming universe. After each round, some participants are eliminated. Each year, the final game is held secret until moments before the final two Omeganauts enter battle.

The Music

Friday Night

  • Video Game Pianist
  • MC Frontalot
  • Bit Brigade

Saturday Night

  • Triforce Quartet
  • The Oneups
  • Super Guitar Bros.

Exhibitors

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