There are very little things that are certain in 2020 right now. Thanks to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, what we are sure of is that events will get canceled and things will inevitably get delayed. However, in the face of that, one of the biggest conventions in the U.S. is still on track to take place, at least for now. Penny Arcade has released a new update about PAX West: The convention will still take place over Labor Day weekend in Seattle.
Following in the wake of the cancellation of E3, Gamescom, and the delay of GDC 2020, this move by Penny Arcade and PAX West is still understandable. Considering that it is still months away, it would be hasty not to consider all options before canceling it.
According to the organizers, “As plans for PAX West take shape, show organizers are optimistic and will continue to carefully monitor the latest developments regarding COVID-19, working with health officials at all levels of government and adhering to the guidelines of the CDC and WHO to ensure our event is safe, health-conscious, and responsible.”
Maintaining a semblance of optimism is badly needed during this trying period. The safety and health of everyone involved should remain the utmost priorities. With the crowds that the show usually attracts, it will be dangerous to go ahead if things remain unsure.
The most recent cancellation of San Diego Comic-Con definitely stood out. It is pretty much impossible for an event to take place with so many people. Add in the logistics and planning required, and it becomes a nightmare. With SDCC canceling three months ahead of its July date, we can expect the same for PAX West. Should Penny Arcade decide to pull the plug, we will likely know in June. For now, however, let’s all look forward to a potential PAX West.