Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief, posted some news about what Xbox has planned at gamescom this weekend. Details below:

gamescom is just around the corner and we can’t wait to kick the week off with Xbox @ gamescom Live this Sunday.

Don’t forget to tune in Sunday at 9:00pm CEST / 8:00pm BST / 12:00pm PDT so that you can be the first to hear the latest news on highly anticipated games coming to the Xbox family and Windows 10. We’ll have world premiere trailers and, of course, more about the most powerful console ever made, Xbox One X.

What’s more, you can sign in to your Microsoft account at Mixer.com and you’ll be in with a chance of winning lots of great prizes and be able to ask questions to the teams behind your favorite games. We’re excited to show you what we’ve been up to since E3, so be sure to tune in!

Here’s more info on Xbox @ gamescom Live and our other gamescom activities this weekend and into next week.

Xbox @ gamescom Live – Sunday, August 20 at 9:00pm CEST / 12:00pm PDT

This year’s show will be hosted by Graeme Boyd (aka @AceyBongos), Xbox Germany’s Maxi Graeff (@GMaxee), and Julia Hardy (@itsJuliaHardy). They’ll have news to share, games to show off, will sit down to talk with developers from fan favorite studios and play some of the year’s hottest games yet to be released. The stream will be hosted on Mixer.com and via the Mixer app. We’ll have three URLs for the show, the countdown for which begins one hour before the livestream begins.

Age of Empires @ gamescom Live – Monday, August 21 at 9:00pm CEST / 12:00pm PDT

On Monday, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Age of Empires franchise with a special livestream event in Cologne, alongside some of our biggest fans. The livestream will celebrate the rich history of the beloved PC game series, as well as give fans a first-look at Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, the beautifully remastered edition of the classic strategy game. We’ll be talking all things Age of Empires with some of the legendary developers who worked on the games as well as sharing some exciting news that you won’t want to miss – watch on the Age of Empires channel on www.mixer.com/AgeofEmpires or through the Mixer app.

Xbox Booth @ gamescom

Gamers in Germany will be able to get hands on Xbox One X for the first time at the Xbox booth when gamescom officially opens at the Koelnmesse on Tuesday, August 22. We’re back in Hall 8 of the Koelnmesse, North entrance, this year and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to play a wide collection of the games coming to Xbox over the next 12 months. See below for the show opening times:

  • Tuesday, August 22 – 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. CEST (press/trade only day)
  • Wednesday, August 23 – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Thursday, August 24 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Friday, August 25 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Saturday, August 26 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST

Finally, for our fans in Germany, we’ve got another surprise. Today, we launched the German versions of Xbox Wire. Joining Xbox Wire en Espanol, which launched at E3, the site will be bringing our news daily to our biggest German fans in their native languages. Check in often for global and local news and features.

Throughout the week, we’ll be tweeting, live streaming and sharing news and content via social media – twitter, snapchat, Facebook, Mixer, etc, most often using the hashtag #XboxGC. Whether in person or online, you won’t want to miss what we have in store this year!

Chris Charla, Director of ID@Xbox, shares some details about the Annual ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House. Read it below:

Hi everyone!

We’d like to welcome you to Microsoft’s Redmond Campus on August 31 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for our annual Pre-PAX ID@Xbox Open House! If you’re planning to join us, please RSVP to this Eventbrite invite to ensure we have you registered.

You can play more than 50 awesome new games from amazing independent developers from all over the world, including seeing some of the very first games running on Xbox One X and Microsoft Mixed Reality headsets! We’ll also have a nice selection of first-party games from Microsoft Studios on hand too!

And of course, we’ll have some celebrity guests on hand as well, as well as our famous raffle — want to win a ticket to PAX, the super rare ID@Xbox Controller Pillow, or an Xbox One S? This is the place to do it!

No PAX Ticket Required to Attend!

This event is free and open to everyone (under 18 with parent or guardian, please)! It takes place at Microsoft’s Visitor Center in Building 92 in Redmond. We’ll also have bus service from the Washington State Convention Center (details below).

Here’s just a partial list of the games we’ll be showing:

  • PlayerUnknowns Battle Ground (PUBG) – Bluehole, Inc.
  • Black Desert – PearlAbyss
  • Cuphead – StudioMDHR
  • Ooblets – Double Fine/Glumberland
  • Aftercharge – Chainsawesome Games
  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Figment – Bedtime Digital Games
  • Hello Neighbor – tinyBuild
  • I, Hope – Arconyx Games
  • Little Triangle – Dreamoji
  • Moonlighter – 11bit Studios
  • Mulaka – Lienzo
  • Mutant Football League – Digital Dreams Entertainment
  • Nine Parchments – Frozenbyte
  • OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes – Cartoon Network Games
  • Path of Exile – Grinding Gear Games
  • Raiders of the Broken Planet – Mercury Steam
  • Road Redemption – Dark Seas Interactive
  • Robocraft Infinity – Freejam
  • Steven Universe: Save the Light – Cartoon Network Games
  • Strange Brigade – Rebellion
  • Streets of Rogue – tinyBuild
  • theHunter: Call of the Wild – Avalanche Studios
  • Unruly Heroes – Magic Design Studios
  • Yoku’s Island Express – Team17 Digital Ltd.

There’s just too many to list! You’ll have to come to see the rest.

Details:

ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House
Microsoft Visitors Center
15010 NE 36th Street, Building 92, Microsoft Campus, Redmond, WA 98052
There’s free on-site parking

Complimentary buses from Stewart Transportation will also transport attendees from the Washington State Convention Center to building 92. The first buses will leave the convention center at 4:30 p.m. from their Bus/Shuttle stop area.

Note: Our facilities are ADA compliant. If you need additional accommodations to attend the event, please let us know by emailing ID@xbox.com.

Don’t forget to RSVP here and we look forward to seeing you at our ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House!

Xbox FanFest will give 300 lucky fans a one-of-a-kind experience at gamescom, the world’s largest video game consumer show. The Xbox FanFest gamescom Ticket will include:

*Exclusive access to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s “Middle-Earth: Shadow of War – Legendary War Party” event on Tuesday evening, August 22nd.

*Exclusive access to “Xbox FanFest FanCave” experience on Wednesday night, August 23rd.

*Special access to games in the Xbox booth during gamescom’s Consumer Days, Wednesday – Saturday.

*Meet and greet some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers.

*Other surprises.

Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017 – FAQ

How can I get an Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017 ticket?

Most of the 300 tickets will be distributed via a random drawing this year. Fans will need to submit their names and email addresses via the online tool below. Once the tool closes, names will be randomly pulled and winners will be notified by email on Friday, August 11th. Winners will have 48 hours to fill out their registration page and receive their official e-ticket or their slot will be given to another randomly chosen winner. All winners must be 18 years old and older. IDs will be verified at check-in at gamescom.

How long is the random drawing open?

The tool will be open starting today, Monday, August 7th until Thursday, August 10th at 12:00pm PT; 21:00 CET.

Is there an age-minimum to attend Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017?

Yes, every ticket-holder must be 18 years of age and older. We will require a valid, government-issued, picture ID (driver’s license, passport) as part of check-in.  Microsoft reserves the right to turn away any person not 18 years old or older at time of check-in, even if the person is holding a valid ticket.

How many Xbox FanFest tickets can I get?

One ticket; one person – tickets are non-transferable and cannot be resold.

Microsoft reserves the right to cancel, change or suspend this promotion at any time, and may rescind any ticket or gift awarded due to cheating, technology failure, or any other unforeseen issue that compromises the integrity of the promotion.

If I’m traveling to Cologne, are there hotel accommodations?

It’s up to the individual to pay for their own travel and hotel accommodations.

What if I can only spend a couple of days in Cologne; can you tell me now what the other surprises are for the rest of the week?

FanFest activities are only on Tuesday, August 22nd and Wednesday, August 23rd.

Will the FanFest attendees get tickets to gamescom this year as has happened in the past?

Xbox FanFest will not provide gamescom tickets to either the Industry Day (Tuesday) or Consumer Days (Wednesday – Saturday).


Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017 Ticket Giveaway

Winners will be contacted via email after the drawing closes. To enter, provide:

  • First and last name
  • Email address to contact you (make sure it’s correct)
  • Date of Birth
  • Xbox Live Gamertag
Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017

Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017

Auch in diesem Jahr findet im Rahmen der gamescom das große Xbox FanFest statt. Mit dem FanFest-Ticket erhalten Fans Zugang zu exklusiven Veranstaltungen, spielen die neuesten Xbox Games auf  Xbox One X und treffen Top-Entwickler und das Xbox-Team vor Ort.

Das erwartet Dich auf dem FanFest

Mit dem FanFest-Ticket wird eine Vielzahl verschiedener exklusiver Aktivitäten angeboten:

  • Dienstagnachmittag, 22. August: Exklusiver Zutritt zur Middle-Earth: Shadow of War – Legendary War Party von Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Mittwochabend, 23. August: Exklusiver Zutritt zum Xbox FanFest Fan-Cave-Erlebnis am
  • Mittwoch bis Samstag, 22. August bis 26. August: Exklusiver Zugang zu Spielen am Xbox-Stand.
  • Meet and Greet mit einigen Top-Entwicklern, Influencern und dem Xbox-Team
  • Weitere tolle Überraschungen

So sicherst Du Dir das FanFest-Ticket

In diesem Jahr werden 300 Tickets per Zufall ausgelost. Registriere Dich für eine Teilnahme mit Namen und Email-Adresse über das untenstehende Online-Tool auf www.majornelson.com. Am Freitag, den 11. August, erfährst Du, ob Du gewonnen hast. Schließe innerhalb von 48 Stunden nach Benachrichtigung Deine Registrierung ab und sichere Dir das heißbegehrte FanFest-Ticket. Verstreicht die Zeit, wird der Slot einem anderen zufälligen Gewinner zugeteilt.

Alle Gewinner müssen 18 Jahre oder älter sein. Verifiziert wird das Alter vor Ort beim Check-In über eine gültige ID (Personalausweis, Führerschein oder Reisepass). Für jede Person ist ein Ticket vorgesehen – Tickets sind nicht übertragbar oder wiederverkäuflich.

Die Anmeldung zum FanFest ist ab sofort auf www.majornelson.com verfügbar. Eine Anmeldung ist bis zum 10. August um 22:00 Uhr möglich.

Wichtig: Das Fanfest-Ticket erlaubt Dir keinen Zugang zur gamescom, weder am Fachbesuchertag (Dienstag), noch an den Privatbesuchertagen (Mittwoch bis Samstag). Alle Fanfest-Aktionen finden am Dienstag und Mittwoch statt.


*No Purchase Necessary. Open only to persons 18 years of age or older who are attending gamescom 2017. Giveaway ends 8/10/17. For full details, see Official Rules.

Here at Xbox, we’re still buzzing from our fans’ reaction to our news at E3 – from the unveiling of the Xbox One X to the 42 games shown on our stage. But we’re only just getting started.  Today, we’re pleased to announce that in August we’re coming to Cologne, Germany for gamescom 2017. This will be the first time Xbox One X will be on the ground in Europe and we’ll have a huge line up of 27 playable games for the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PC from developers around the world, including Forza Motorsport 7, Age of Empires Definitive Edition and Sea of Thieves.

Here’s a rundown of what we’ll be up to throughout the week:

Xbox @ gamescom Live

Tune in on Sunday, August 20, at 9:00pm CEST, 12:00pm PDT to a special Xbox @ gamescom live show to get latest news and announcements on Xbox One X.

The show will be hosted by Graeme Boyd (aka @AceyBongos) and Xbox Germany’s Maxi Graeff (@GMaxee). They’ll have news to share, games to show off, will sit down to talk with developers from fan favorite studios and play some of the year’s hottest games yet to be released. There will even be a few surprises and giveaways along the way, so be sure to tune in on mixer.com or watch via the mixer app.

Age of Empires @ gamescom Live

On Monday, August 21, starting at 9:00pm CEST, 12:00pm PDT, Microsoft will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Age of Empires franchise with a special livestream event in Cologne, alongside some of our biggest fans. The livestream will celebrate the rich history of the beloved PC game series, as well as give fans a first-look at Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, the beautifully remastered edition of this bona fide classic we announced at E3 last month.  We’ll be talking all things Age of Empires with some of the legendary developers who worked on the games as well as sharing some exciting news that fans will not want to miss – watch on mixer.com or through the mixer app.

We’ll share more details on how you can attend in person very soon.

Xbox FanFest @ gamescom

We will again be hosting an Xbox FanFest experience for our fans who are attending gamescom 2017. FanFest will begin on Tuesday, August 22nd.  We will be sharing more details on our plans soon and look forward to seeing you there!

Xbox Booth @ gamescom

When gamescom officially opens at the Koelnmesse on Tuesday, August 22, gamers in Germany will be able to get hands on Xbox One X for the first time at the Xbox booth. We’re back in Hall 8 of the Koelnmesse, North entrance, this year and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to play a wide collection of the games coming to Xbox over the next 12 months. See below for the show opening times:

  • Tuesday, August 22 – 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. CEST (press/trade only day)
  • Wednesday, August 23 – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Thursday, August 24 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Friday, August 25 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Saturday, August 26 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST

And throughout the week, we’ll be tweeting, live streaming and sharing news and content via social media – Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Mixer, etc, most often using the hashtag #XboxGC. Whether in person or online, you won’t want to miss what we have in store this year!

For more information and coverage about Xbox @ gamescom 2017 – check out Xbox Wire.

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On Tuesday, June 20 between 8:00AM UTC and 10:00AM UTC (4:00AM ET and 6:00AM ET), we will be performing scheduled maintenance that will affect Xbox 360 titles and services.

Please note this maintenance will also impact Xbox 360 backward compatible titles on Xbox One.

All other Xbox One titles and services will not be affected.  If you’re playing an Xbox 360 title during the maintenance, you may be disconnected from Xbox Live one or more times.

For the latest information during the maintenance, check the Xbox Live service status message at http://support.xbox.com/xbox-live-status. For support help, be sure to hit up @XboxSupport on Twitter or make a “Support” post on the forums.

On Thursday, April 27 between 8:00AM UTC and 10:00AM UTC (4:00AM ET and 6:00AM ET), we will be performing scheduled maintenance that will affect Xbox 360 titles and services.

Please note this maintenance will also impact Xbox 360 backward compatible titles on Xbox One.

All other Xbox One titles and services will not be affected.  If you’re playing an Xbox 360 title during the maintenance, you may be disconnected from Xbox Live one or more times.
For the latest information during the maintenance, check the Xbox Live service status message at http://support.xbox.com/xbox-live-status. For support help, be sure to hit up @Xboxsupport on Twitter.

 

Chris Charla, Director of ID@Xbox, shares some news for Xbox Developers and gamers at GDC 2017. Check it out below:

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I love the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. I just love it; the games, the people, the energy – GDC is one of the things that just makes you feel great about being in the game industry. It means so much to me personally, and also professionally as a proud member of Team Xbox.

For the Xbox team, GDC is among the best times to highlight new games – and there are some awesome new titles coming this year to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC through ID@Xbox – and it’s also a great place to catch up with new developers and old friends, listen to their feedback about all corners of Xbox, and also share a few pieces of news we hope fans will enjoy.

We have a few major developments to announce at GDC that bring new opportunities for game creators and awesome updates for players – and here’s how.

Introducing the Xbox Live Creators Program

Xbox is kicking off things this year by announcing the Xbox Live Creators Program, which empowers anyone to rapidly publish Xbox Live-enabled games on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, in a totally open way. With the Creators Program, anyone can integrate Xbox Live sign-in, presence, and social features into their UWP games, then publish their game to Xbox One and Windows 10. This means their title can see exposure to every Xbox One owner across the Xbox One family of devices, including Project Scorpio this holiday, as well as hundreds of millions of Windows 10 PCs, and millions of folks using the Xbox app on mobile platforms.

The Creators Program offers a straightforward way for developers to address a huge audience across Windows and Xbox One, with minimal additional development time. An important element is that developers can continue using the tools they’re already using today to create UWP games. Game engines with “out of the box” support for UWP games include Construct 2, MonoGame, Unity, and Xenko. The program works with retail Xbox One consoles, so you won’t need a dev kit to get started. For developers who want access to more Xbox Live capabilities and to gain additional development and marketing support for their game, they can enroll in the ID@Xbox program – even after their game ships.

On Windows 10 PC, games from the Creators Program will be available in the Windows Store. Xbox One offers players a more curated store experience, so games from the Creators Program will appear in a new, distinct Creators games section in the Store. This gives the best of both worlds – the curated store experience console players know and expect, and the opportunities that a totally open store experience offers as well. I’m stoked to see what developers create and offer the Xbox community with the Xbox Live Creators Program!

Starting today, we encourage developers to download and start using the Xbox Live Creators SDK at https://developer.microsoft.com/games/xbox/xboxlive/creator, where they can learn all the details of the program. The Creators Program is currently in preview, so the program will pilot with a select group of developers initially. We will be opening store publishing submissions to all developers soon.

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First Look at Xbox Game Pass

We’re continuing our commitment to give gamers more options to diversify and expand their library with games they love. Announced just yesterday, Xbox Game Pass is a new gaming subscription service that gives you unlimited access to more than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible games on Xbox One – all for $9.99 USD per month. With great games from top industry publishers such as 2K, 505 Games, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, SEGA, SNK CORPORATION, THQ Nordic GmbH, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Microsoft Studios, and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and you will always find something exciting to play across all genres.

One of the best things about Xbox Game Pass is that you can discover and download titles directly on your Xbox One. That means continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming or connectivity issues. In addition, all Xbox One games in the catalog – and related add-ons – will be available to purchase at an exclusive discount for Xbox Game Pass members, so you can make them part of your permanent library.

For developers and publishers alike, this is a new way to reach customers. Before the program rolls out to the broader community later this spring, we’ll be testing Xbox Game Pass with select members of the Xbox Insider Program with a very limited number of titles. If you’re in the Alpha ring of the Xbox Insider Program, you can expect to see the program on your dashboard labeled as Xbox Game Pass Alpha Preview (Test Catalog).

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Developers Getting to Know Beam

Beam is awesome. It’s fast, low-latency, interactive game broadcasting and it’s changing the way people can play, watch, and participate. In a world where the amount of people watching game streams rivals the audience of many prime-time TV networks, Xbox is making it easier and quicker to stream than ever before. We’re making Beam a feature of Xbox One and Windows 10, meaning anyone can be a game broadcaster with no extra software required.

What’s more, on Beam interactivity is about more than just the audience being able to chat with game broadcasters. Streamers can set up interactive buttons that do a range of things such as trigger on screen effects, music, in-studio lighting or even impact what is happening in the game itself. Building on this, today we shared preliminary details of the Beam Interactivity 2.0 SDK with developers – coming in March, this SDK will make developing interactive streaming features much easier and enable a wide range of new design scenarios. More details about this SDK will be published on the Beam blog and detailed in the Beam-specific GDC talk tomorrow. We’re excited about the growing list of developers who are signing up to build their games to integrate Beam in cool new ways and look forward to sharing more in the future.

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Next Up for Windows Game Mode

Another new PC gaming feature we’ve seen lots of excitement around is Windows Game Mode. Last year, we set out to make Windows 10 the best Windows ever for gaming. With Game Mode, we’re taking a step forward to make the gaming experience on Windows even better. Game Mode aims to optimize your Windows 10 PC for an improvement in overall game performance, meaning increased framerates and increased consistency with some games. We’ve also added a new gaming section to your Windows System Settings, identified with an Xbox logo, to further improve your PC gaming experience. This is where you’ll find settings for Game Mode, Game bar, GameDVR and broadcasting as we begin to consolidate settings for gaming in this unified location where PC users are accustomed to accessing their settings. We’ll be sharing more on Game Mode and other Creators Update features in the weeks ahead.

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ID@Xbox Bringing More Xbox Play Anywhere Titles

We introduced the Xbox Play Anywhere program at E3 last year, the simple idea of owning a game and it being available to play on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC – one game, one price, two platforms. Along with having access to a single game on both platforms, players can start playing on one platform and pick up where they left off on another, and their saves, game add-ons, and achievements all travel between their devices. Xbox Play Anywhere already supports 10 titles, and another 16 have been announced to be coming soon, including new ID@Xbox titles being announced or demoed at GDC this week such as Full Metal Furies, Ooblets, Snake Pass, and RUINER, with more are on the way.

Gaming for Everyone

At GDC 2017, we’re continuing our work to make sure games are fun for everyone, and to make sure underrepresented voices are heard, by once again sponsoring and hosting events for Women in Gaming, Blacks in Gaming, Latinos in Gaming, LGBTQ Gamers and Gaming Accessibility. 2017 will mark the 17th year for the Women in Gaming Luncheon, the 12th year for the Blacks in Gaming Green Room, the second year of the Latinos in Gaming networking event and the first year for the LGBTQ in Gaming networking event. Additionally, Xbox is a Gold-level sponsor of the IGDA Game Accessibility Conference as well as the sole sponsor for the new IGDA Foundation’s Next Gen Leader program focused on retaining diverse talent in the industry. As we did last year, the ID@Xbox team will be honoring some independent developers who are using their craft to build awareness about some very important issues at the Independent Game Festival awards tonight – we hope you’ll tune into the IGF stream to learn more!

It’s going to be another amazing year for Team Xbox, and there’s still a lot more to come. Even more amazing independent games will come through ID@Xbox, we’re working hard to bring Arena and professional- and player-created tournaments to Xbox Live, and tons of new social features are in the pipeline. At GDC 2017 our message is clear: more games, new developer opportunities, and big new features for console and PC gamers. We believe providing the best tools for developers results in creativity, and more creativity results in the best games and gaming experiences for players. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

PAX Australia 2016 will be held in Melbourne, the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Victoria, from from 04 – 06 November 2016. This year, I have the honor and privilege of providing the opening storytime keynote on Friday morning. I can’t wait to share the presentation I’ve been working on, plus I have a small surprise planned for Xbox fans.

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I have 3-day passes to PAX Australia to give away to Xbox fans who live in the area or for those who are able to travel to the event. Each winner will get two 3-day passes so they can bring a guest along. Please note this is for passes only – all other expenses including travel and lodging not included.

  • How do you enter for a chance to win?

Simple. All you have to do is submit your entry using this form:

PAX Australia Giveaway
  • What are the rules?

Register for the event using the form above.

Do not @ reply me on Twitter or leave a comment below. That will not count!

Deadline to enter is 11:00 am ET / 8:00 am PT on Thursday, 03 November. One entry per person. Contest is open to everyone.

Have fun and good luck. Hope to see you at the event!

NOTE: The PAX AUS badge giveaway is now over and all of the winners are being notified via email. Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks to all who participated. Stay tuned for more giveaways soon.