If you thought you would have some time to buy tickets to the 2012 edition of PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) Prime, you are now officially out of luck. The event's official web site has announced that all tickets for the Seattle-based gaming event have now sold out. PAX Prime will be held on August 31st-September 2nd.
In a post on the page, the organizers stated:
Every single badge has been sold, and there will be no extra allotments either online or on-site. We know many of you would still like to attend, but unfortunately, building firecode restricts us from selling any more badges.
Tickets for PAX Prime 2012 went on sale briefly on April 25 but were shut down later that day due to an issue with the site's registration vendor. Tickets went on sale yet again on Wednesday and sold out on Thursday. PAX Prime did not say how many tickets were allocated for this year's event.
As one might expect, sales of PAX Prime 2012 tickets are now showing up on eBay. Single day tickets, which originally went for $35 each, are now selling for well over $100. Three day tickets, which sold for $65 originally, are commanding prices on eBay at many times that amount.
PAX Prime organizers are aware of this activity and also know that some of these eBay sales will be of counterfeited tickets. The site states, "Last year there were an extremely high number of fakes, so know that if you're purchasing from anyone that isn't us, you run the risk of having a fake badge and not being allowed into the show."