ReedPOP has announced that it will shut down PAX South for the time being.
“While each of our other events has flourished, some of them drawing hundreds of thousands of attendees from around the world, PAX South has not expanded and has to some extent remained the same show as it was when we opened it in 2015.” wrote the PAX team in a statement.
They went on to say, “Faced with that reality and amplified by the impact of COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to end PAX South in the foreseeable future.”
We have made the difficult decision to end PAX South in the foreseeable future. See the full statement below: pic.twitter.com/hW8J6wBzxb
– PAX (@pax) October 29, 2021
Understandably, fans looking forward to PAX South’s return in 2022 will be disappointed. However, the wording of the statement suggests that it may return sometime later if more favorable conditions occur.
The first PAX event ever started in 2004 in Bellevue, Washington and has since expanded to five different cities. PAX South started in 2015 in San Antonio in an attempt to attract fans from Texas and the surrounding states, but ultimately failed to pick up speed.
In related news, PAX West returned this year as a personal event. It was canceled last year and replaced by a nine-day digital event following the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, the return of the event was criticized for not applying adequate security measures, but eventually it was a matter of requiring proof of vaccination cards or negative COVID tests upon entry.
George Yang is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @yinyangfooey