16 Awesome Things We Saw At This Year's PAX Australia

Like every PAX Australia preceeding it, PAX AUS 2017 was positively overflowing with geeky, exciting and interesting things to see, explore and experience. As the three-day convention that caps off Melbourne’s International Games Week, it brings together players, developers, brands and fans under one big happy tent.

If you didn’t make it over to this year’s PAX Australia, here’s what you missed:

The Republic Auditions

ASUS’ Republic of Gamers sub-brand had a big presence at this year’s PAX Australia. As well as showing off the company's latest gaming notebooks and gaming accessories, they also held auditions for its CS:GO ANZ amatuer squad with the winning players set to participate in an exclusive bootcamp with local eSports streamers and travel to Sweden’s Dreamhack event.

Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti

Nvidia took this year's PAX Australia by storm, giving customers the chance to go hands-on and get a first look at their newly announced Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. Nvidia promised that those who pre-ordered on site would get theirs in the first shipment to go out.

Destiny 2 Pop Up Ramen Bar

As well as being playable through the Nvidia, Razer and Alienware booths, Destiny 2 had a presence at PAX Australia 2017 through two more unconventional installations. The first of these is the Destiny 2 Pop Up Ramen Bar.

Opened in partnership with Themed around modern Izakaya and Sake Bar Akachochin, the pop up bar paid tribute to the spicy ramen that is favored dish of Cayde-6, one of the game’s most beloved characters.

The Huawei Mate 10

It wasn’t all gaming at this year’s PAX Australia. The wider tech world also got involved through a number of brands like Huawei, who gave attendees the chance to get hands-on with their newly announced Mate 10 Series.

Lenovo’s Legion gaming laptops

This year’s PAX Australia saw Lenovo bring its its Legion gaming sub-brand to gamers for the first time - and they made themselves known. As well as hosting community matches of League of Legends co-hosted by comedian Michael Hing, the company also showed off the Y520, Y720 and Y910 notebooks at the event.

HyperX Debut The Alloy FPS Pro

Gaming gear brand HyperX gave just give PAX Australia attendees the chance to face-off against eSports professionals from teams like Dire Wolves, Scylla Esports and Abyss Esports and content creators like Loserfruit, GeekAndGamerGirl, JohnOnTheRadio, Artemis, SkitzMachine, RaeJayy, and VR YouTuber Cheru.

They also debuted their new Alloy FPS Pro ultra-compact gaming keyboard, which drops the number pad to give players a more compact version of the steel-framed design found in the brand's other offerings.

Injustice 2 Tournament

MOBAs and PUBG weren’t the only games to hold tournaments during this year’s PAX Australia.

Fighting games also got their due, with the ESL and CouchWarriors giving Injustice 2 players getting the chance to fight for their share of a $20,000 prize pool.

Hi-Rez Oceania Championships

Developer Hi-Rez took over the ESL Arena Stage at this year’s PAX Australia in order to hold its annual Hi-Rez Oceania Championships, which saw the region's top SMITE and Paladins teams duking it out for a prize pool of $50,000 and a spot at the upcoming World Championships.

Destiny 2 Puppy Parade

As previously mentioned, the best-selling game of 2017 didn’t just making itself known through a single booth this year but also several unusual events. One of these was the Pop Up Ramen Bar, the other was a puppy parade.

Organized in coordination with (and to raise awareness of) the Australian Working Dog Rescue Int, attendees were able to meet and greet the puppies and - should they toss in a gold coin donation - walk away with a box of limited edition Destiny 2 dog biscuits.

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