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Warren Spector to Provide PAX Dev 2017 Keynote


SEATTLE – August 10, 2017  Warren Spector, the visionary game designer renowned for his work on the Deus Ex, Thief, System Shock, Ultima, Wing Commander and Epic Mickey series, will deliver the keynote address at PAX Dev 2017.

Spector has made major contributions in his near-three decades as part of the game industry, which include revolutionizing how creators intertwine player choice within narrative. In his current role as Studio Director at OtherSide Entertainment, Spector is helming development on System Shock 3 and Ultima Underworld spiritual successor Underworld Ascendant.

Founded in 2011, PAX Dev continues to grow as one of the industry’s leading events for game developers to elevate their craft, providing a forum to learn, share and debate with other industry professionals.

Beyond the keynote, PAX Dev will feature more than 60 panels featuring industry luminaries, including “Monetization Roundtable: Putting a Value on Context” from Plants vs. Zombies Heroes and Magic: The Gathering senior designer Nate Heiss, Disruptor Beam product manager Alex Angel’s “Managing Exploitation and Cheating in Online Games” and Facebook data scientist Nick Perry’s “Players Who Are Payers.”  For the full schedule, visit the PAX Dev site.

Badges for PAX Dev 2017, taking place August 29-30 at the Seattle Westin Hotel, are currently on sale via the event’s registration page. Two-Day passes run $399, while Student Two-Day passes cost $265. PAX Dev is a press-free event.

The consumer facing PAX series of shows – West, East, South, Australia and Unplugged – produced by ReedPOP in conjunction with Penny Arcade, comprise some of the world's largest gaming festivals, with each event entertaining tens of thousands of guests. The PAX events connect leading video game and tabletop developers directly to passionate audiences, providing a space where gaming culture is celebrated through panels, demos, concerts, tournaments and freeplay sessions.

For further information, visit the official PAX Dev website.


PAX or Penny Arcade Expo is a festival for gamers to celebrate gaming culture. First held in Seattle in 2004, PAX has nearly doubled in size each successive year, with PAX Prime 2014 selling out of tickets in a matter of minutes. Connecting the world's leading game publishers with their most avid and influential fans, PAX expanded with a second show in Boston in 2010 and a third in San Antonio in 2015, making it the three largest gaming shows in North America. The first international PAX was held in Melbourne, Australia in 2013. In 2017, Penny Arcade announced PAX Unplugged, its first tabletop focused show, to be held in Philadelphia.

Penny Arcade

Penny Arcade is a web comic focused on video games and video game culture, written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik. With over 3.5 million readers, it is the most popular and longest running gaming web comic online. Penny Arcade is also responsible for the Child's Play Charity, the Penny Arcade gaming expos (PAX) in Seattle, Boston, San Antonio, Philadelphia, and Melbourne, multiple videogames based on the brand, and multiple online video series.


ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organizer. ReedPOP is devoted exclusively to organizing and managing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and working with premium brands in the pop culture world to deliver once in a lifetime experiences for fans everywhere. ReedPOP is dedicated to facilitating celebrations of popular culture around the globe that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences. ReedPOP is proud to be a part of a portfolio of events that include New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) West, East, South, Australia and Unplugged, Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), BookCon, BookExpo, Oz Comic-Con, Comic Con India, Comic Con Paris, Comic Con Seoul, Star Wars Celebration, TwitchCon, ComplexCon and more. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan-based group of professionals uniquely qualified to serve those with whom they share a common passion.


Kyle MacGregor Burleson / Chris Toomey

Stride PR for Penny Arcade

kyle@stridepr.com / chris@stridepr.com


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