Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. announced the culmination of the months-long PAC-MAN 99™ Challenge is taking place today, March 24, at PAX East in Boston. The event brings together popular content creators with competitors from among their viewers who battled it out for the right to compete in the Final Showdown. Four creators, Lana Rae, D-Piddy, 5up, and Khleo Thomas, will bring their top game and their top team members to compete today from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. EDT live in-person at PAX East’s PAX Arena. The competition will also be livestreamed on the Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. YouTube channel, which is posted above.

Launched in January, the 2023 edition of the PAC-MAN 99 Challenge is an esports tournament where these creators and their viewers faced off in the battle-royale game PAC-MAN 99™to see whose community reigned supreme. During weekly online tournaments, each creator challenged their fans to ten matches to determine who they would ultimately recruit for the finals event. The live event at PAX East now pits the best players from these competitions in a heated battle for sweet PAC-MAN prizes, including an arcade cabinet from Arcade1Up. The competition is hosted by esports host and Twitch personality, Reinessa (, with live commentating by Lyric (, Ajax (, and VikkiKitty ( The live event is open to PAX attendees, where they will not only be able to cheer on the players but also play PAC-MAN arcade games and even meet the legendary icon himself.

With more than 10 million downloads on Nintendo Switch™, PAC-MAN 99 brings back the classic game play of the original PAC-MAN with new competitive game mechanics and a lot of Ghostsfor a one-of-a-kind battle royale experience for up to 99 players. In the game, players must eat as many Ghosts as they can to slow down their opponents with Jammer PAC-MAN. The more Ghosts they eat, the more Jammers they send. Game play involves eight different strategies, from speed-up to send extra Jammers and more. Switching between strategies at the right time can be the difference between who becomes Ghost fodder and who outlasts to become the PAC-ONE.

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