The show is over and the numbers are in. Said Penny Arcade business guru Robert Khoo to BigDownload
, this year's PAX
recorded 58,500 people in three days, placing it near the echelon of "Old E3." Previous guesstimations
put the attendance at 45,000 to 50,000, which still would have eclipsed the PAX 2007 population of 37,000.
So, what's to be done for PAX 2009? More expansion, of course, to ease overcrowding. "At 2 or 3 of the main theatre events 3-4% of the line wasn't able to make it," said Khoo, "but we hear those 3-4% loud and clear. We have a few ideas to manage that problem for 2009 including wristbands for popular events or just a straight-up hard count of people in line. The worst thing is if people line up for something and end up not getting in." The next PAX will take place again in late August, with the first PAX East Coast opening its Bostonian doors in late March 2010