I knew that Pax was crowded but numbers released today indicate that an astounding 58,500 gamers streamed through the three-day game love-fest in Seattle.
Prior to the show, most predictions foresaw the PAX crowd in the 45,000-50,000 range.
37,000 attended in 2007. Big Download reports on comments by PAX’s Robert Khoo:
Regarding the overcrowding, it was definitely a symptom of the popularity of the show, but not one that can’t be overcome. At 2 or 3 of the main theatre events 3-4% of the line wasn’t able to make it, 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.