Pokémon Joins PAX West Exhibitors, Xbox’s Matt Booty to Give Keynote

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It was announced today that Matt Booty, Head of Xbox Game Studios, will deliver the Storytime keynote address at PAX West 2022, the West Coast’s most attended celebration of gaming and gaming culture. After the keynote, attendees can hit the Seattle Convention Center show floor, where legendary game creators The Pokémon Company will join a blockbuster lineup of exhibitors from Friday, September 2, through Monday, September 5.

Keynote speaker Matt Booty welcomes the global gaming community home to PAX West on Friday, September 2 at 10:30 am PT in the Main Theater. Matt’s storied career kicked off in the ’90s with engineering work on legendary Midway Games titles like Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, NFL Blitz, and Cruis’n USA. He joined Microsoft in 2010 to help lead internal game development teams and played a pivotal role in the acquisition of Minecraft and its expansion to other platforms, including Nintendo Switch, VR, and educational spaces. Matt is currently corporate vice president of Xbox Game Studios, the organization responsible for developing and publishing Microsoft games for console, PC, and mobile platforms.

The Pokémon Company hits PAX West inviting Trainers to experience the latest and greatest from the storied monster-catching franchise. ESL Gaming brings esports tournaments to the expo floor alongside other fan-favorite exhibitors, AAA and indie alike, including Nintendo, Sega, Finji, Bandai Namco, PLAION (formerly Koch Media), tinyBuild, Devolver Digital, Apogee Entertainment, Ysbryd Games, Raw Fury, Yacht Club Games, and so many more, including tech giants Intel, AMD, and ASUS.

“Every day leading up to the show, the PAX West experience is enrichened – and now we’re proud to announce industry powerhouse Matt Booty to kick off the show,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder of Penny Arcade and PAX. “Now, I gotta go. I have a whole lotta Warhammer minis to paint before the show.”

For the safety of every participant, including attendees, exhibitors, guests, and staff, PAX West 2022 will require all attendees to show proof of vaccination, and attendees must wear face coverings at all times. For more information, please see the official health and safety guidelines.

A limited number of four-day badges for PAX West 2022 are available for $235, with single-day badges for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday available now for $62.


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