The PAX Prime gaming convention will add a pre-convention just for programmers, designers, producers and artists. This event, called PAX Dev, will allow these folks to actually get some work done, away from the press, and the craziness of the main convention. It will take place two days before PAX Prime, Wednesday and Thursday, August 24 and 25.
The event will be at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, and there are only 750 tickets available, at $249 for early registration, or $329 at the door. The press will not be admitted, so it will be an "intimate event where game developers can concentrate solely on the art of game development."
“The idea started with friends in the game dev community asking us to host an event where they could really focus on exchanging ideas without any distractions,” said Robert Khoo of Penny Arcade. “There are events that are great for signing your next deal or promoting your current project, but that’s not PAX Dev. We’re 100 percent focused on the craft of game development.”