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PAX East gaming convention to stay in Boston until 2023

The giant annual gaming convention PAX East, which attracted more than 60,000 visitors to Boston in 2011, will be held in the city at least through 2023, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority said this morning.

PAX East will also contribute $25,000 a year for 10 years to the Massachusetts Digital games Institute, or MassDiGi, the Worcester-based program to promote collaboration between the state’s academic institutions and its gaming industry.

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“We’re thrilled to host PAX East for at least 10 more years,” said James E. Rooney, executive director of the MCCA, in a statement. “Hosting an event for the next decade that draws gamers from around the globe to Boston is fantastic, but the international attention it brings to the incredible technological advancements coming out of the Commonwealth is a win-win.”

The show’s organizers hope the show will grow to attract 100,000 attendees, becoming one of the largest video game events in the world.

The weekend show is the East Coast version of PAX, a gaming convention launched in Seattle in 2004. When PAX East made its Boston debut at the Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in 2010, more than 52,000 people turned up, far more than the facility could easily handle. In 2011, the show was moved to the much larger Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, where it will be held again this year. The event takes place on April 6-8.

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