2020 has certainly been an interesting year thus far, and on behalf of the PAX Community Discord, we hope everyone and their families are doing well and staying healthy. That being said, we have something new to share with you. Something to provide some fun, entertainment, and smiles during this difficult time. CommunityCon is a convention… but from home! It probably sounds a bit weird, and you probably have a few questions, so we’re here to explain.
So you know that CommunityCon is supposed to be an event you can visit from home. We covered that! But what is it really about?
Due to so many events being canceled this year, with the chance of many more in the coming months being postponed or unable to happen, we wanted something that can fill that hole for con-goers… at least as much as possible! We know that part of the fun of events is walking around expo centers and interacting with people face to face; however, given the circumstances, we’re creating something that can still be a ton of fun while being exclusively online!
CommunityCon will share many aspects of your traditional in-person gaming event. While not all will be finalized for a few more weeks, we intend to have lots of panels for you to attend, games for you to demo, streams for you to watch, giveaways for you to enter, and tournaments for you to compete in! The event will be like most others, taking place over three days. Can’t attend Friday? Stop by on Saturday! This is just a peek of what we have in store for this event. More will be revealed soon!
We’ve actually already nailed down dates, and it’s soon. How soon? Well…
June 19th to 21st, soon.
As mentioned, the event will run across three days: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Each day will have its own unique set of things to do, as well!
So, the specifics aren’t perfectly set in stone yet, and what we do know we’re not quite ready to share just yet, but we’ve given you a pretty good (vague) idea! What we CAN confirm is that we’ll be releasing a schedule a week or two before the event with all the details you could possibly need. This will include all panel and tourney times, demo information, and more.
Look out for specifics in early June! We may announce stuff sooner, but you’ll have to wait and see.
One billion dollars. Muahahaha.
Okay but seriously, the event is entirely free! And we mean for both attendees and “exhibitors”. CommunityCon is a celebration of games for both the ones who enjoy playing them and the ones who enjoy making them. We want to provide a place where fans of gaming of all types can have fun with like-minded people, panelists/streamers can share and interact with the community, and developers can showcase their games— all without the typical event fees.
Like other gaming conventions, there’s more than one way to be a part of it. There are attendees, and there are exhibitors. Let’s cover both!
AS AN ATTENDEE: All you need to attend is to grab yourself the ‘CommunityCon’ role. It’s that simple! As mentioned, this event is free entry. The reason we’re keeping it behind a role is to keep the activity down in the server for those that aren’t interested.
AS AN EXHIBITOR: We have multiple types of “exhibitors” for this event: streamers, panelists, and game devs/demo-ers. At the current time, we’re allowing the public to submit panel applications >here<. If you have an idea that you think would be fun to share with the community, feel free to submit it! If you are a game developer interested in showcasing your game, reach out to Andeh#0001 or myself (gfx#0001).
Have a question that wasn’t answered here? No problem! In the PAX Community Discord, there is a new channel called #communitycon-questions where we will be answering any questions you may have about the event.
Keep in mind, questions that are content specific will likely be unable to be answered until the schedule goes live!
It is important for attendees and developers alike to know that this event is not run by PAX/Penny Arcade/Reed themselves, but by the community that was built around it!
We look forward to hosting our first ever event of this magnitude, and I hope to see many of you there! We have lots of planning to do over the next few weeks and will have more to share as we get closer. We hope this will be a fun break from all the boringness and hardships that many of us are dealing with. See you in June!