Following a sold-out debut, The Penny Arcade Expo will return to Melbourne in 2014.
However, community demand will see the show move to the larger Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, and run from October 31 to November 2.
PAX Australia 2014 will build on the success of the 2013 event, and will combine exciting international and local content with community events, said Penny Arcade.
International guests, speakers, musicians and developers will join local game industry representatives to showcase games and community events, it added.
The event is supported by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association and the Game Developers Association of Australia.
Penny Arcade president Robert Khoo said Melbourne was an incredible home for PAX, and that the Victorian Government had been as accommodating as the fans.
“Not only have they helped us secure a much-needed larger venue for the show, but they’ve paved the way for talented local creators to be showcased on the global stage. The games community here is incredible, and PAX Australia is here to stay,” said Khoo.
Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher said the return of PAX was a boost for Victoria’s flourishing games industry.
“PAX is the world’s leading games festival and the return of PAX Australia to Melbourne for the second consecutive year highlights Victoria’s reputation as a key hub for games development in the Asia Pacific region,” Ms Asher said.
“This year’s event in Melbourne represented the first time that PAX had been held outside of the United States – not only was it a great coup for Melbourne but the event was a runaway success.”
Ms Asher said the Victorian Coalition Government is a major sponsor of the event and played an important role in securing PAX Australia 2013 and 2014 for Victoria.
“PAX Australia is a fantastic opportunity to show off the breadth and diversity of Victoria’s games development community,” Ms Asher said.
PAX AU will run from October 31 to November 2 next year.