In 2004, the folks at Penny Arcade decided they wanted a show exclusively for gaming. Sure, comics, anime, and other nerd hobbies were cool, and those activities all had their own shows, so what about games? From that idea spawned a small 4,500 person event in Bellevue, Washington, focused on the culture and community that is gaming.
Since then, the show hasn't looked back. Doubling in size each year until venue capacities were reached, in 2010 the show expanded into Boston for PAX East, drawing tens of thousands of attendees in the inaugural year, and then expanding international with PAX Australia in Melbourne. After years of success in Seattle and Boston, each growing to be the largest gaming festivals in North America, a PAX in your very own backyard was finally announced - PAX South would be held in San Antonio, Texas in January of 2015.