Earlier we reported that Sony PlayStation would not be attending PAX East 2020 due to health concerns over the Coronavirus. While this announcement has been a bitter pill to swallow, we understand the importance of keeping its employees and associates healthy.

Now PAX has followed suit and has provided an update regarding this recent change:

The entire PAX community wants to express our concern for everyone impacted by the COVID-
19 virus. The gaming community is a global one and our hearts go out to every person and
family affected.

PAX East 2020 will take place as scheduled with enhanced cleaning and sanitization across the
show, including adhering to the recommendations set forth in the U.S. EPA’s Emerging
Pathogen Policy regarding cleaning disinfectants effective against the COVID-19 virus. We are
working closely with the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and following local, state
and federal public health guidelines, including those issued by the CDC. For more
information on those measures and the virus, please visit the PAX East travel page and the
MCCA website.

While we are saddened that Sony will no longer have a presence at PAX East 2020, we look
forward to welcoming our friends at Sony to future PAX events and are focused on making PAX
East 2020 a successful and enjoyable event for all attendees and exhibitors.

The well-being of everyone at PAX – from our attendees and exhibitors to our staff on-site at
every show – is of the utmost importance to ReedPOP and Penny Arcade. Across the more than
50 total PAX events around the world, we have provided a positive environment for over one
million attendees to celebrate gaming. We will continue to work diligently to ensure PAX East
2020 and our other events live up to our high standards and we will proactively keep you up to
date with any further developments as we get closer to PAX East 2020.

There hasn’t been any word from PAX on if they’ll be replacing the Sony booth location with anything else. Also, I’ve seen a number of people asking if they could get a refund for their PAX East 2020 badges. Which, sadly isn’t being considered and refunds are off the table. If you were considering selling your PAX East 2020 badge, your best bet is to head over to the PAX badge exchange on Reddit.


PAX East 2020 runs from February 27th – March 1st, 2020 and is being held in Boston, MA.

Source: PAX East

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