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PAX Online headliners announced


Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, creator of Cyberpunk 2020 Mike Pondsmith, and AAA panelists highlight a star-studded lineup at PAX Online 2020, the 9-day digital event transforming North America, Australia, and the UKís most attended gaming events into a global celebration of gaming culture.

Taking place Saturday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 20 PT, the free show combines several of the industryís largest events including PAX West, PAX AUS, and EGX to feature community activities, esports events, canít-miss panels from fan-favorite industry creatives, journalists, and content creators, and hands-on demos from some of 2020ís most anticipated titles. The nine-day expo of gaming will open with the creator of the seminal Cyberpunk franchise Mike Pondsmith delivering the storytime keynote on Sept. 12 at 10:15 a.m. PT, live on Twitch.

The official Discord server for PAX Online will bring together these hallmarks, which have delighted millions of PAX attendees over the years, alongside dedicated community spaces to create a central event hub with everything fans need to enjoy the celebration.

On Thursday, Sept. 15 PT, the legendary Tony Hawk will appear at PAX Arena to provide commentary for a special Tony Hawkís Pro Skater 1 + 2 tournament presented by OMEN and Intel. Alongside renowned skate photographer Atiba Jefferson, Hawk will break down top-tier play from a hand-selected group of the THPS communityís finest, including Prod1gyX and TylerLasagna. The winner will receive a skate deck signed by Hawk along with OMEN gear and the opportunity to donate OMEN setups to a charity of their choice.

The prestigious PAX Online Indie Showcase will highlight 20 of the best upcoming independent titles from around the world, including Boyfriend Dungeon (Kitfox Games), Dreamscaper (Afterburner Studios), Later Alligator (SmallBŁ, Pillow Fight), and Parkasaurus (Washbear Studio).

PAX Online continues other beloved show traditions, including a jam-packed panel schedule. Composers for next-gen titles like Sarah Schachner (Assassinís Creed Valhalla) and Gareth Coker (Halo Infinite) will tease the audio experience of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, legendary creator Sid Meier will share the story of his career, and a fan Q&A and diversity discussion will unite the Overwatch voice actors who bring Pharah, Symmetra, Hanzo, Winston, Zenyatta, Echo, Baptiste, and Sombra to life. Ted Price of Insomniac Games (Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart) and Brian Fleming of Sucker Punch Productions (Ghost of Tsushima) will record a special episode of Game Makerís Notebook, and Gearbox will host an hour-long segment sharing whatís coming next from the studio.

The hits keep coming with an exciting lineup of panels brought to attendees by EGX. Acclaimed composer-vocalist pairings Gareth Coker and Aeralie Brighton (Ori and the Will of the Wisps), Joris de Man and Julie Elven (Horizon Forbidden West), and Inon Zur and Mimi Page (Fallout 4) will share their collaborative process and how to imbue games with emotional, iconic scores. In celebration of the HITMAN seriesí 20th anniversary, Agent 47 voice actor David Bateson will sit down with Eurogamerís Ian Higton to reminisce on the seriesí legacy, his acting career, and what itís like portraying one of the most iconic and dangerous characters in video games.

PAX Online 2020 is a digital event and free to attend. For schedules, FAQs, and more, check out the official website of PAX Online and follow PAX on Twitter, Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, and Instagram. The official PAX Online Discord server will host the global attending audience, with details to come.

Limited edition merchandise for PAX Online is now available via the online store, with more planned to go live during the event.
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