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  Game Grumps’ Arin Hanson to Deliver PAX East 2019 Keynote
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BOSTON – Mar. 22, 2019 – Arin Hanson, voice actor, animator, and co-host of comedy gaming show Game Grumps, will deliver the opening “Storytime” keynote at PAX East 2019, taking place March 28-31 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts.


Hanson co-founded Game Grumps in 2012, where he, co-host Dan Avidan, other regular collaborators, and special guests play and provide comedic commentary on video games. That humor has won the channel more than five million subscribers, leading to live show tours across the globe, and even becoming a video game publisher with the release of 2017’s Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator, where Hanson served as the executive producer and a voice actor.


Outside Game Grumps, Hanson has acted in web series such as Bee and PuppyCat, Good Game, and Red vs. Blue. His voice can also be heard in games such as Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Minigore. Hanson also produces game parody music as part of the group Starbomb, whose latest album The TryForce releases April 19.


“Having done virtually everything else, it was only a matter of time before Arin opened up a PAX East,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder of Penny Arcade and PAX. “I can't wait to absorb his profound wisdom.”


Hanson’s keynote takes place Thursday, March 28 at 10:30 AM in the Main Theatre. A limited number of Thursday and Sunday badges currently still available for sale for $57 each. Prices on any remaining tickets will increase to $63 starting Monday, March 25 at 12:00 AM ET. The full of schedule of events is available on the PAX East website, and through the Guidebook app.


PAX East 2019 marks the show’s tenth anniversary as the east coast’s premier gaming event.  Tens of thousands will take part in a massive four-day celebration of gaming culture including hands-on demos with titles ranging from AAA hits to intriguing independent games, panels with industry luminaries and prominent content creators, intense esports tournaments with top competitors, and concerts from game-inspired composers and musicians.


The international PAX series of shows (West, East, South, Australia, Dev, and Unplugged), produced by ReedPOP in conjunction with Penny Arcade, comprise some of the world's largest gaming festivals. PAX events connect the industry's greatest creative minds from across the worlds of video and tabletop gaming, directly to passionate audiences.


For more updates on PAX East 2019, follow PAX on Twitter and like the Facebook page.




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 established PAX Unplugged, its first tabletop focused show, 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 video games based on the brand, and multiple online video series.




ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture world. ReedPOP is dedicated to celebrations of popular culture throughout the globe that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: 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, Paris Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, 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. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, India and Australia.


Media Contacts


Kyle M. Burleson / Carter Dotson

Stride PR for Penny Arcade

[email protected] / [email protected]