By Steve Wright
It's been rumoured for quite a while, but today it's finally official: Melbourne will be home to PAX Australia for the next two years.
The announcement was made today by Robert Khoo, PAX President, and Louise Asher, Victorian Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Businesses.
"When we reached out to our international fans, the response from the Australian community for a local PAX was overwhelming," said Khoo. "Melbourne has a long history of supporting the gaming scene, through showcasing cultural game exhibits to supporting world renowned game developers. Holding PAX Australia in Melbourne is the perfect fit for our show."
"PAX is the world’s premier gaming festival and the decision to choose Melbourne to hold PAX Australia represents a fantastic opportunity to highlight Victoria’s creative capabilities on a global scale," said Asher. "This is a great opportunity to showcase the gaming culture in Australia to the rest of the world, while promoting the talented game developers and creative studios to an international audience."
How do you feel about this news, Aussie gamers? We here at Stevivor HQ -- based in Melbourne, of course -- are over the moon!
The first PAX Aus takes place between 19-21 July 2013 at the Melbourne Showgrounds.