PAX hopes to return in 2021 with a full slate of conventions

    
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While it certainly wasn’t the greatest tragedy of 2020, the cancelation of numerous game trade shows and conventions was felt among fans who enjoyed these events for their spectacle and reveals. And while this year is a wash, with most events ditched or taken to virtual only, there is some hope that 2021 will be better.

The organizers behind the Penny Arcade Expo sent out a press release stating their intention to bring back these shows “pending improvement in the global COVID-19 situation.” Their intention is to host PAX East from June 3rd through 6th in Boston, PAX West from September 3rd through 6th in Seattle, and PAX Unplugged from December 10th through 12th in Philadelphia. Information about PAX Australia is coming soon.

“Next year’s shows will only move forward with the support and guidance of local governments and health officials,” the organizers vowed. There are no dates as of yet for when tickets to these events will go on sale.

Source: Press release
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Bruno Brito

This is extremely optimistic, and that’s the best way i can put it.

Reality is, COVID won’t go away. The way we lived is already done, and several changes must be made for safety to be achieved on a satisfactory basis. Brazil for instance, has almost 1/3 of the population without basic sanitation in their homes. They lack clean water, a decent sewage system, and normally those poor families are numerous. And they need to work. It’s really hard to be safe when you don’t have the means to be clean. It’s also hard to get vaccinated.

The desinformation campaing about COVID doesn’t help either. Widespread conspiracy lunacy will make the populace all around more skeptical of the vaccine, and we’ll have holes in the herd immunity system.

I’m honestly exhausted of companies and people with agendas to make little of what is, the biggest health crisis we’ve had in almost 100 years. I thought when this started, everyone going through this shit together would help more fragile people to cope with being isolated, at home, for huge periods of time ( i don’t see my friends in almost an entire year ), but it didn’t take long for me to realize, we’re not going through this together, and a lot of the people intentionally disrespect the safety codes we’ve agreed upon just for a fleeting moment of self-satisfaction.

I lost three people to this shit already, so, yeah. I’m quite tired.

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rk70534

This is probably exceedingly optimistic.

Just today the largest aerospace exhibition in the world, the 111-year-old Paris Air Show, was cancelled:

“The 54th edition of the Paris Air Show has been cancelled.

In light of the uncertainty linked to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Paris Air Show must sadly announce the cancellation of its 2021 edition, due to be held on 21-27 June.”

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treehuggerhannah

That… is definitely an ambitious plan. I hope it works out for them to do so safely.

I’m really hoping things are much better regarding COVID by then (and am cautiously hopeful about the much smaller con I’m on the planning committee for being able to go forward in July) but it’s pretty optimistic to anticipate such big gatherings that soon. I assume they’re indeed fully prepared to cancel if needed.

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Greaterdivinity

That’s a bold move there, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for them.

(Probably not)

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Eamil

It’s easier to plan an event now that might not happen in 6 months than it is to realize in April that everything is fine and try to throw a major convention together in 2 months.

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Greaterdivinity

Honestly, I think planning for June now is insanely optimistic to begin with. We know vaccines won’t be rolling out until springtime, and from there it will take a while to get enough folks vaccinated to even consider a return to normal, densely packed indoor events.

Especially based on how…well…spectacularly poorly we’re doing, at least in the US, of even following basic, low effort medical advice/guidance thus far.

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rk70534

Tens of millions of people will refuse to take a vaccine, because freedom, “hoax” and anti-vaxxers.. And that will be just in NA.

Same will repeat across the globe, not to speak of the fact that even if the vaccines are effective and give long term cover, billions will still be lacking them while billions of others think that everything should now go normal because they got their vaccine.

Vaccines are essential, but no silver bullet.

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squid

Yep. My company has a big conference (40k+attendees, a thousand exhibitors, etc) every Fall; planning starts ~16 months in advance.

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treehuggerhannah

The thing is, though, the further you get into planning, the harder it gets to cancel – you start to run into issues with contracts, deposits, giving and receiving refunds, etc.

If you think there’s a good chance you’re going to have the event, you do indeed need to start planning early, because you can’t do this type of thing last minute.

But if having the event is a long shot, you’re better off calling the death early rather than committing to more and more things that will become increasingly hard (and sometimes expensive) to reverse while you wait and see.

This is definitely a gamble. I can see why they’re making it, but it is one.