August 9th, 2018

Ali Baba’s WESG Oceania Esports Event Comes to PAX Aus 2018

MELBOURNE, VIC. –  August 10, 2018 – World Electronic Sports Games will come to the PAX Arena stage at PAX Aus 2018, taking place 26-28 Oct. in Melbourne, VIC.

WESG is the international esports championship tournament organized by Alibaba Group’s AliSports. Partnering with Australian Esports League, this year marks its first foray into Australia, bringing together the best in the region to compete in Dota 2, CS:GO, Hearthstone and StarCraft 2.

The online events will commence on Sept 1, with competitors playing Dota 2, CS:GO, StarCraft 2 and Hearthstone. Select matches will be broadcast in the lead up to PAX Aus, where the top two teams in Dota 2 and CS:GO will compete on stage at PAX Arena in a grand final match.

WESG at PAX Arena will also hold open qualifiers for the Hearthstone finals in November. Anyone is welcome to compete, with winners progressing on to the finals in Sydney where they can play for a $30,000 prize pool and a chance to represent the region in China where they play for a share of $US5.5 million as part of the global series.

PAX Aus first hosted the PAX Arena esports stages in 2015, and since then, has partnered with the likes of Red Bull, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Hi-Rez, and McDonald’s to deliver high-quality competitive play to thousands of attendees.

“The growth of esports in the APAC region has been nothing short of meteoric,” said Luke Lancaster, Content Manager, PAX Aus. “This partnership with AliSport sets up PAX Arena as a truly international event, and we couldn’t be more excited.”

“We chose PAX Aus as the home for WESG because of the community,” said Darren Kwan, executive producer at the Australian Esports League. “There’s no better way to bring Australian audiences into the fold than by offering up world-class matches at PAX Aus.”

PAX Aus is produced by ReedPOP in conjunction with Penny Arcade. The show was the first international PAX event and has brought passionate gaming communities together in Melbourne since 2013. PAX Aus attendees get to experience the best in gaming culture with more than 180 exhibitors, thousands of playable games, and more than 150 hours of on-stage content.

August 7th, 2018

Nerf Herder Performing at PAX AUS 2018

The legends of Geek Rock, Nerf Herder will be playing at PAX AUS 2018!

The band is perhaps best known for their iconic theme to the Joss Whedon cult TV show ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’. Their signature blend of modern Pop-Punk is characterised by their humorous lyrics and pop culture references. Welcome Nerf Herder - we look forward to seeing you at the show!

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May 31st, 2018

PAX Aus Indie Showcase 2018 Game Submissions are Now Open

Submissions for the PAX Aus Indie Showcase for 2018 are now open.

Highlighting the best of the Australian & New Zealand Indie scene, the PAX Aus Indie Showcase brings six titles selected by industry vets to the show floor at PAX this year. Previous winners from the 5-year history of the competition include The Gardens Between, Objects in Space, and Hacknet.

The winning developers will receive significant promotion from PAX Aus across websites, social media, and showguides, as well as a free booth in the Expo Hall.

Entry fees for the competition are $50 and you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
a. You are a New Zealand- or Australia-based independent developer without a traditional publisher-developer relationship in place
b. You are not be funded by an outside party, government grants or crowdsourcing excluded
c. Your game is in at least beta form

Submissions close on July 22. Developers interested in submitting their games may do so at the official site.

PAX Aus 2018 will take place on October 26 to 28 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Submit your game to the PAX Aus Indie Showcase

May 7th, 2018

Storytime with Rhianna Pratchett

Rhianna Pratchett is an award-winning writer for games, comics, film, TV and the occasional short story. She has wrestled the wild beasts of narrative on titles such as Heavenly Sword, Mirror’s Edge, the Overlord series, Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Her work has received awards from the WGA, the WGGB, DICE, SXSW, and a BAFTA nomination. Rhianna has worked for DC and Dark Horse (notably Mirror’s Edge and Tomb Raider) and is currently writing film and TV projects with the Jim Henson Company, Film4 and O3 Productions. She likes hard liquor and soft cats.

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March 13th, 2018

EB Expo joins forces with PAX Australia

PAX Aus, like the universe itself, expands every year. Also much like the universe, it will now contain EB Expo. That’s right. The two biggest gaming shows in Australia and New Zealand are coming together for the ultimate celebration of games and gaming culture.

Think about PAX Aus. Go to your happy place. Maybe it’s PC Freeplay. It might be the Omegathon final. It could even be the Queue Hall, before the show opens. That’s okay. We’re not here to judge. All of that PAXness will be back in 2018.

Now throw in PAX Aus playing host to EB Expo, including a dedicated area for the largest publishers in the world to showcase their upcoming titles, developer presentations in the EB Expo Live Theatre, and Australia’s biggest pop-up EB Games store.

That’s more PAX than you can shake a joystick at. Not that you would shake a joystick.