PAX East Pledges to Stay in Boston for 11 More Years
The organizers for PAX East and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) announced recently that the popular video game convention will remain in Boston until 2023. The organizers are hoping to grow the number of attendees to around 100,000, making it one of the largest public gaming conventions in the world (behind Germany's Gamescom and Japan's Tokyo Game Show).
PAX East will also make a sizable donation to digital games education, as Massachusetts Digital Games Institute will receive a $50,000 contribution this year alongside an annual donation of $25,000 a year. Totally to $325,000 over the next 11 years.
"Over the last year, MassDiGI has worked towards building a strong public-private partnership across industry, academia, and government in support of the state's digital games cluster...PAX East's commitment to bringing the largest East Coast video gaming convention to Boston and providing an annual donation to MassDiGI complements ongoing collaboration to increase economic activity within the state and foster knowledge-transfer between Massachusetts and the rest of the world."
~Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "We're thrilled to host PAX East for at least 10 more years...hosting an event for the next decade that draws gamers from around the globe to Boston is fantastic, but the international attention it brings to the incredible technological advancements coming out of the Commonwealth is a win-win."
~James E. Rooney, executive director of the MCCA
Beyond the academic cash, PAX East naturally brings in a lot of revenue to the city through hotels and dining, as most big name conventions do to cities that host them. So Boston will likely be the focus of attention for gamers for the next 11 years.