So..... did Ars Technica drop the ball and release the news of a new PAX to early?
He and Holkins repeatedly mention "PAX culture" as a guiding principle—as in, creating a relatively open playground of floor space, free games, new-game previews, and game-friendly events. Holkins says the live-music concerts at traditional PAX events may not fit, but he already has an idea for a replacement.
"I see us taking a cue from community there: what does a theater get used for in the evening?" Holkins says. "Right now, streamed RP [role-playing] is blowing up. The theater experience we offer at a PAX Unplugged will take cues from that community, as far as what they want to watch." Holkins didn't confirm whether PAX's popular Acquisitions, Inc. series of live, on-stage Dungeons and Dragons sessions would be part of that.
So, Acquisitions Inc replacing concerts, could be interesting.