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Lines quickly formed to try out Nintendo Switch titles at PAX West 2017. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy)

Every Labor Day weekend, thousands of gamers descend upon the Washington State Convention Center for PAX West, the Pacific Northwest’s largest gaming convention. The 2019 edition marks the 15th year of the show, which offers attendees the opportunity to play some of the latest games and attend numerous panels, talks, concerts, and contests.

The long list of exhibitors includes a variety of local game companies, developers and schools, including Nintendo, Bungie, DigiPen, and the Academy of Interactive Entertainment. The show also features big publishers such as 2K Games, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Google Stadia, and Ubisoft, as well as countless independent studios. It runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. Tickets for the majority of the weekend are sold out, but there are still available for Sept 2.

— Though they won’t have a presence on the show floor at PAX this year, Microsoft will be hosting its annual ID@Xbox Open House on Aug. 29. Now in its sixth year, the event showcases more than 50 games slated for release through the ID@Xbox program, which lets independent video game developers self-publish titles for Windows and Xbox One. Attendees also get to chat with developers and members of the Xbox team. This year the event will also feature the highly anticipated Gears of War 5. The event takes place on Microsoft’s main campus and free busses will take attendees from the Convention Center to Redmond.

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