Penny Arcade has leaked a date and location for their brand new Penny Arcade Expo Australia - which was first announced at PAX Prime 2012 in August. According to an exhibitor's document leaked by Kotaku, the first appearance of PAX in Australia will occur on July 19-21, 2013 at the Melbourne Showgrounds in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia (after Sydney), and is the capital of the state of Victoria. The metropolitan area population is just over 4 million people, putting the size of the city in line with previous PAX hosts Seattle (3.5 million) and Boston (4.5 million). Although we've assumed that PAX Australia would be a smaller event, the Melbourne Showgrounds have the capability of handling a large amount of people. 18,000 square meters of exhibition space is available, placing it very close to the 19,000 square meters of the Washington State Convention Center show floor. The date of the convention puts it right in the middle of a very busy geek convention season. It is actually on the very same weekend as the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. It will be interesting to see if video game companies divide their efforts between the two conventions, or if they are forced to choose one to attend. The convention will no doubt be supported by Australia's own reasonably healthy development community - including companies like Krome Studios, Infinite Interactive, Halfbrick Studios and Irrational Games.
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