The PAX Aus 2023 panel schedule is now live

PAX Aus 2023 is right around the corner. Here's what to expect from this year's panel lineup.
pax aus 2023 panel schedule

The PAX Aus 2023 panel schedule has just gone live on the PAX Aus website – so if you’re planning to head down to the annual showcase, it’s time to lay out your calendar. As in past years, the panels of PAX Aus 2023 are an eclectic bunch. There’s official celebrations, meet and greets with special guests, talks from developers, cosplay workshops, and showcases for a variety of games – but as always, there’s also some weirder discussions in the mix.

Head over to the Fruitbat Theatre on 7 October 2023 at 8:30 pm AEDT and you’ll get to hear about the best companions in gaming, and how they rank based on chaos and thirst (with Ruby Innes from Back Pocket, the Powerhouse Museum’s Chloe Appleby, and writer Steph Panecasio).

In a similar vein, you’ll also be able to discover the most eligible monster bachelors in TTRPGs if you visit the Dropbear Theatre on 7 October 2023 at 6:00 pm AEDT for a panel featuring Gemma Driscoll of ABC’s Good Game: Spawn Point, Meeples & Dragons‘ Kate O’Sullivan, and a host of other content creators.

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On the more serious side of PAX Aus 2023, there are a range of great-sounding panels for those currently working or looking to break into the games industry, including:

  • Making Taxes Fun with Crayator and team BDO!12:00 pm AEDT on 6 October 2023 at the Galah Theatre. This session will teach content creators all about personal finances as a freelancer, and how to streamline this process for easier accounting.
  • Storytime with Erika Ishii12:00 pm AEDT on 6 October 2023 at the Main Theatre. This panel will feature voice actor Erika Ishii talking about their career, and the importance of video games.
  • Fireside with Mick Gordon5:00 pm AEDT on 6 October 2023 at the Twitch Quokka Theatre. This panel will feature globally-known composer Mick Gordon talking about his career, and the history of video game composition.

There are also several panels focussing specifically on the changing nature of the games industry, including what esports looks like in Australia, and how cloud gaming will change our future behaviours. A panel titled ‘Barbengamer: pinkwashing in games‘ also seems like it’ll be an insightful exploration into how femininity is depicted in video games.

You can browse the full list of panels for PAX Aus 2023 on the PAX Aus website – and you will also be able to set your own schedule and calendar using the PAX app. This can be useful for tracking everything you want to see – and you can also set reminders to ensure you don’t miss out on your must-see panels.

PAX Aus 2023 takes place from 6-8 October 2023 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.