The AFK Room is a quiet space for people who are looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of PAX, staffed with volunteers and clinicians who can answer questions and offer support for people who need time away from the busy show floor.
A joint initiative between PAX and US based, not-for-profit organisation Take This, the AFK Rooms have accommodated up to 500 people each day since its introduction to PAX East in 2014. They are now a permanent feature in all US PAX shows and PAX Aus is excited to replicate the success of the rooms locally.
Take This Executive Director, Russ Pitts, explains “We are thrilled to bring the AFK Room and Take This’s message of healing and hope for those dealing with mental health issues to PAX Australia. Over the past year, as attendees of US-based PAX events and other shows have become more aware of the mental health issues in our community, we’ve seen a growing demand for spaces like the AFK Room and education and awareness like Take This provides. To be working with PAX to ensure that the Enforcers and attendees at PAX Aus have support for dealing with these issues is a wonderful privilege.”
Robert Khoo, Penny Arcade President comments, “After seeing the benefits at PAX East 2014, it’s always been Russ and my goal to get AFK rooms to not only all PAXes but to all gaming events across the globe. Take This is an organization that helps gamers, period.”
Here is the Take This story:
Single day passes and 3-day international passes are still available and can be purchased online.
Source: Press Release