We strive to elevate all aspects of the culture around gaming, and perhaps nowhere is that more evident than our panels.

Expo Hall

The expo hall is packed with game developers, publishers and brands plus independent studios disrupting the industry.

Special Guests

A veritable who's who of personalities and performers from the gaming world can be found at PAX Aus! See them on stage or meet your favorite content creators at autograph sessions.

Indie Showcase

Hundreds will submit their game, but only a select few make it through the gauntlet of industry judges to be crowned an Indie Showcase Winner.

PAX Rising

Our hand picked indie developer area displays great indie titles, each of which we think has something special to offer.


Meet up with friends and play a whole host of board games and RPGs! Check out the full schedule and put on your robe and wizard hat, or check out our lending library of board and card games.

PAX Arena

What happens when you bring the world’s most competitive gamers together and pit them against each other for fame, glory, and cold hard cash? Let’s find out!

Cosplay Central

Chill at the Cosplay Lounge, listen in on panels or workshops, run to the repair station and for the first time at PAX Aus, the Australian leg of The Cosplay Central Crown Championships!


PAX Collaboratory is a space dedicated to unreleased tabletop games, where designer meets playtester. Except the playtester is you! Come and get hands-on with unreleased games, playtest with the designers themselves and help shape the next generation of tabletop!

IEM Road to Rio

We've partnered with ESL Australia to host the CS:GO Asia region qualifiers as part of the Intel® Extreme Masters Road to Rio.


If you’ve got the guts to put your skills to the test and compete with fans from around the world, we’ve got a tournament for you. Check out the full schedule and remember: Thumb scars will fade, but bragging rights are eternal.


We’ve selected champions from the audience to compete against each other for your amusement, but beware, the road to the Final Round of the Omegathon is paved with tears and broken dreams. Nah, honestly it’s really great for everyone. See for yourself!

PAX Together

PAX Together is a curated selection of games and groups meant to celebrate a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences within gaming. Whether you’re here to meet old friends or find new faves, we aim to have something for everybody.

Aussie Broadband Arcade

The Aussie Broadband Arcade is stacked with retro cabs and some of your favorite arcade games all available for freeplay!

Now Playing

A new play zone for PAX Aus this year, showcasing a wide selection of next gen consoles and the latest game releases.

Games Careers Expo

If you have a passion for a career in games, whether that be game development, design, animation, or many of the other exciting careers in games, check out the seminars, panels, workshops and educational contacts that could be your stepping stone to an exciting career.


There is a pub inside PAX Aus and it's located conveniently closer than the literal barrage of other beverage serving establishments. Voodoo Ranger is the official beer partner for this year's event.


See the latest in streaming pods, podcasting and live music at Streamland. It is also the hub to meet-and-greet your favourite creators.

PC Freeplay & Tournament

Play on our computers already loaded with an array of the best games we can find. Part freeplay area, part tournament zone, if 60 fps sounds like a minimum requirement, head over to the PC Area.

Paint & Take

Choose from the selection of free miniatures and try your hand at miniature painting. Everyone welcome, with paints and brushes supplied.

Handheld Lounge

The PAX Handheld Lounge is an excellent place to take a break, relax your tired feet, and lounge around. Oh, and you can also play handheld games there.

Console Freeplay

Over the years we have collected an absolutely bonkers library of consoles and games, so we figured we might as well make them all available to attendees to play all show long.

Discord Interactivity

PAX has always been a community event, and Discord is where our community can interact with the show all weekend long, from all over the world. Discord is free to join, so come say hi to the community!


There is an ever-growing number of games and only a finite number of waking hours, so it makes sense to play them all as fast as possible. At least that's how speedrunning was explained to us? Come and see the best speedrunners in the world fall through floors, forward roll, and set new records.

AFK Room

The AFK Room is a place to regain your calm and take a break from the hustle of the show. 


Head over to the Merch Booth to find this year's official merch, including tees, hoodies, jackets, water bottles, pins and more.

Social Games

You got a phone? Then you got a game! Check out our lists of easy-to-play browser and mobile games, get a group together, or if you’re really lucky, jump into a session hosted by yours truly.