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PAX Australia expands to larger venue, dates announced

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PAX Australia 2014, which will run from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2014, will move to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in order to increase its capacity, organizers announced today.

The inaugural PAX Australia was held at the Melbourne Showgrounds and took place from July 19-23, which overlapped with Comic Con International in San Diego. Several months before PAX 2013, organizers expanded its ticketing capacity and added an extra hall after the three-day and Saturday passes sold out within weeks of going on sale.

Robert Khoo, president of Penny Arcade said the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association and the Game Developers Association of Australia were a big help in securing the "much-needed larger" venue for next year's event, applauding them for bolstering the visibility of local talent.

"They've paved the way for talented local creators to be showcased on the global stage," Khoo said. "The games community here is incredible, and PAX Australia is here to stay."

Minister for innovation, services and small business Louise Asher said PAX 2013 was a runaway success and a great coup for Melbourne. As reported earlier, the event will stay in the Australian city until 2014.

"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," she said.