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PA's Khoo Reacts To 'E For All' 2008 Date 34

Posted by Zonk
from the not-so-much-with-the-truth dept.
The last weekend in August has been the comfortable home of the Penny Arcade Expo since the event began. This year, the new 'E For All' event is planned for October, but in 2008 the IDG-run convention is scheduled for the same weekend as PAX. FiringSquad had a chat with Penny Arcade's business manager Robert Khoo, who explained why he's not worried. "If we change our dates at all, it won't be because of this- it's always a challenge to wrestle and negotiate for as much space as possible at the convention center, and since we're expecting 45-50k next year, we take what we can get. Right now we are planning for that same weekend, but if for some reason even more space opens up two weeks before, we'll take it. But I'll be honest with you- since PAX started I've seen my fair share of consumer shows come and go (take IGNLive for instance). It's super hard to run one of these things, and I'd be surprised if E For All lasts longer than this year." They're expecting a mind-boggling 45k-50k people next year.
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PA's Khoo Reacts To 'E For All' 2008 Date

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  • I guess (Score:3, Funny)

    by earnest murderer (888716) on Tuesday September 18, 2007 @12:33PM (#20654437)
    IDG want to be sure they have an easy time of it.
  • Either the people from "E for All" think they are strong enough to crush PAX (unlikely), or they just want to end it all.

    Or they are too clueless to care...

  • by Sciros (986030) on Tuesday September 18, 2007 @12:34PM (#20654469) Journal
    Hmm... OSU's Horseshoe stadium seats over 100,000. MUSE sold out two 90,000-seat shows on one weekend at Wembley. 50,000 is awesome, and very successful, but it's not "omg my brain hurts I can't picture so many people."

    Though, to put it in perspective, any info on how many people E3 2006, 2005, etc. saw show up?
    • by heinousjay (683506) on Tuesday September 18, 2007 @12:38PM (#20654559) Journal
      You're aware they're calling for 45-50 thousand people to show up to what is essentially a party thrown by a couple of geeky webcomic writers, right? I mean, sure, you can find 100,000 people willing to cheer for Ohio State (bless their black shriveled hearts) but that's a big money event. PAX was built by the community.
      • by Sciros (986030)
        Hmm nothing to say about the 3 skinny Brits, eh? :-P

        P-A is hella popular; I'm not exactly surprised by the large number of attendees to their convention, especially since it's now quite well-established. I'm more interested in some comparison numbers for other cons...
        • by shinma (106792)
          I'm fairly sure Dragon*Con, the largest sci-fi/fantasy/insert-geeky-ass-thing-here convention in the US had around 37k this year.
          • by Sciros (986030)
            Hmm.. no way it's largest. Comic Con breaks 100,000 easy. That's kinda geeky too.
            • by shinma (106792)
              Comic Con is a completely different beast. It's really more of a trade show than a convention in the sense that PAX and Dragon*Con are.
        • by Chyeld (713439)
          While looking for comparison numbers I found this blog article [comicsnob.com] which has breakdowns for several conventions of a fan nature (as opposed to say, the annual Florida Dental Association Convention).

          Hope this helps.

      • What amazes me is that it's about the same number of people as attend Burning Man, but Burning Man gets about 1,000,000x more press.

        Even if you get 50,000 geeks together for a party, it still isn't as "popular" as nudity.
    • by MuNansen (833037)
      Last year 1.4 billion people lived in China. I'm sorry, but your OSU, MUSE numbers are not impressive. (re: get some perspective)
    • by Chyeld (713439) <.moc.liamg. .ta. .dleyhc.> on Tuesday September 18, 2007 @12:42PM (#20654663)
      2006 - 60,000
      2005 - 70,000
      2004 - 65,000

      From informal google searching. So PAX is not quite E3 levels yet, but given PAX's popularity and E3's current lack thereof, they could easily swap roles in a few years.
    • by Artaxs (1002024)
      PAX is awesome, and the 40,000 people who were at this year's event is "mind-boggling" when you consider that it started as just friends and supporters of a gaming webcomic. However, even the old E3 pales in comparison to the Games Conference at Leipzig, which saw 183,000 people this year [wikipedia.org].
    • by GreyyGuy (91753)
      You know there is a difference between 100k people mostly sitting in seats watching one thing and 50k people milling around at a convention, right?
    • We're talking an expo here, not a concert or a sports game. Having worked concerts and fairs of various sizes in an organizational and production capacity, I can say that 50,000 people sitting on their asses watching sports or a band is vastly different from 50,000 people actively wandering around a venue doing dozens of different things. When you have a mobile, active crowd instead of a seated, passive crowd, then 50,000 is a whole heck of a lot of people.
      • by Sciros (986030)
        Having been a correspondent at E3 (and an OSU graduate, haha), I know exactly what you mean with the comparison. My comment was merely that "mind-boggling" isn't really the term that comes to mind with even a number like 50,000. "Impressive," sure. :-)
  • meh. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by bitterfun (413118) on Tuesday September 18, 2007 @12:47PM (#20654767)
    I saw them whorin' around outside PAX. It was pretty pathetic. For the price and the content, PAX will win hands down. There is also a better feel at PAX than you get at most conventions. The security are run by people that enjoy the crowd and the content. You still get some of the Exhibitor snobbiness from some of the bigger names, companies like CDV, Naughty Dog, and Mythic(believe it or not) took the time to chat with the con-people and got excited with them for the games that came out.
  • by brunes69 (86786) <slashdot@keirstea d . o rg> on Tuesday September 18, 2007 @01:01PM (#20655083) Homepage

    Robert Khoo: It was in early June that they announced their 2008 dates, so by that time we already realized PAX 2007 was going to be insane because of the prereg ticket sales. I actually gave (IDG World Expo CEO) Mary Dolaher a ring and told her that for the past four years PAX is on the last weekend of August. She actually had no idea who we were, but I told her that it would be in everyone's best interest if she reconsidered the date given our size. She said she would call me back "next week..." and that was 4 months ago, so I don't know- maybe she lost my phone number?

    How can you be running a huge gaming expo, under the banner "E for All", and not even know what PAX or Penny Arcade are? They obviously know nothing about their target audience at all.

  • Nail in the Coffin (Score:2, Insightful)

    by shidarin'ou (762483)
    This is the last nail in the coffin for E for All. With the success of PAX growing exponentially, and the amount of companies involved in E for All decreasing just as fast, it reeks of desperation to try and schedule E for All on the same weekend of Pax,

    Or does it? E for All is already dead. It is basically going to be a local convention now. If you already live in LA, whats a little traffic congested drive for a day full of some free cool swag and games?

    Perhaps by changing the weekend to the same weekend a
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Rallion (711805)

      I'm still debating checking out E for All this year. I'm in the area, so why not?


      Because the cheapest ticket will cost you $50?
    • Pay $50 to get some "free swag" and walk around in the world's biggest GameStop? No thanks.

      I've already turned down free tickets to this event because, honestly, I don't think it is worth the LA traffic or the cost of parking (which can run you $30-$50 if the main lot is full).

      I doubt many "very very casual gamers" will think its a good idea either...

  • Robert Khoo: This is where I tell you she is a liar.
    You have to admit, as far as take-downs go, that was pretty smooth.
  • Are they giving drugs to everyone or what?

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