Awards

The SXSW Gaming Awards recognizes the greatest titles, teams, and individuals from across the gaming industry. Since its premiere in 2014, the show has exploded in attendance to become a must-see stop for thousands of attendees during SXSW Gaming.


Awards

2017 SXSW Gaming Awards - Photo by Christopher Free

About Gaming Awards

 

The SXSW Gaming Awards present a unique opportunity to be recognized by thousands of gaming fans and industry pros during the SXSW Gaming festival. Having premiered at SXSW 2014, the Gaming Awards have rapidly grown to receive thousands of applications across all 24 of its unique awards categories, which are dedicated to both AAA and indie gaming.

With categories catering to all major verticals of the gaming industry, including mobile, tabletop, and VR gaming, the Gaming Awards are a great opportunity to receive world-class recognition for your gaming projects.


SXSW Gaming 2018 takes place in the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas from Thursday, March 15 – Saturday, March 17.

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Enter for the SXSW Gaming Awards

The SXSW Gaming Awards highlight the best that the gaming industry has to offer across 24 unique categories that cover AAA to indie game development, tabletop gaming, VR and AR, esports, mobile gaming and more. Apply from Tuesday, September 12 – Friday, December 8.

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Enter for the Gamer’s Voice Awards

The Gamer’s Voice Awards recognize the best in indie game development, and is exclusively available to indie game titles and teams. Nominated Gamer’s Voice titles will be given the opportunity to showcase on the Gaming Expo floor–free of charge–in addition to their nomination. Apply from Tuesday, September 12 – Friday, December 8.

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Categories

 

The 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards will host 24 unique awards categories encompassing all aspects of gaming. Of these, four categories known as the Gamer’s Voice Awards are reserved exclusively for indie developers and teams.

Video Game of the Year
Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a distinct gaming experience across all platforms and genres.

Mobile Game of the Year
Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a unique gaming experience on any handheld device.

Tabletop Game of the Year
Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and ingenuity of any tabletop game in any genre.

VR Game of the Year
Awarded to the VR game that exemplifies overall excellence in gameplay and design across any VR platform.

Esports Game of the Year
Awarded to the online game that has the best competitive scene, or potential to grow one, and most entertainment value.

Trending Game of the Year
Awarded to the game that consistently entertained and kept audiences watching on social platforms with its humor, stories, and more.

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award
Awarded to the game that best challenges the “norm” of everyday gaming and offers a culturally innovative view of a game world, character, or gameplay.

Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game
Awarded to the game that was primarily produced via crowdfunding platforms and had excelled beyond the expectations set before it.

Most Promising New Intellectual Property
Awarded to a new property that risked creating something fresh and that excelled within its genre or category for the year.

Excellence in Art
Awarded to the game with the most expressive and creative artistic style.

Excellence in Animation
Awarded to the game with the most outstanding animation effects and graphics.

Excellence in Convergence
Awarded to the game that excels in crossover to other entertainment mediums such as film, music, toys, animation, sports and more.

Excellence in Design
Awarded to the game with the best overall design concept and best execution.

Excellence in Gameplay
Awarded to the game with the best gameplay mechanics.

Excellence in Musical Score
Awarded to the game that best exemplifies artistic excellence in musical score and how it progresses the narrative of the game.

Excellence in Multiplayer
Awarded to the game with the best player-to-player interaction experience.

Excellence in Narrative
Awarded to the game with the best storyline and dialogue.

Excellence in SFX
Awarded to the game with the most outstanding and impactful sound effects.

Excellence in Technical Achievement
Awarded to the game that pushed the capabilities of technology and programming furthest or most effectively.

Excellence in Visual Achievement
Awarded to the game with the most well-designed and stunning visuals.

Gamer’s Voice Awards
Awarded to the top fan-favorite indie games found in the Indie Corner, as chosen by Gaming Expo attendees.

Entry & Judging Process

 

Gaming Awards

The Gaming Awards are open for all entries from Tuesday, September 12 – Friday, December 8. All entries must be completed titles that have been released during the 2017 calendar year. Any other entries will not be taken into consideration.

Judging is a two-step process once all entries have been received. First, there will be a private judging process for all entered titles in which the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board and staff select the top five choices in each award category. Once the final nominees are chosen for each category, the general public is invited, along with the advisory board and staff, to cast their final votes to determine the winner of each award. All winners will be revealed during the Gaming Awards ceremony on the closing night of SXSW Gaming 2018.

Gamer’s Voice

The Gamer’s Voice Awards are open for all entries from Tuesday, September 12 – Friday, December 8. The Gamer’s Voice Awards are unique from the primary Gaming Awards categories as only indie developers and teams with titles released (or slated to be released) in either the 2017 or 2018 calendar years will qualify for consideration.

Nominees for the Gamer’s Voice Awards, as selected exclusively by the SXSW Gaming staff who play every entry, will receive an exclusive space in the Indie Corner on the SXSW Gaming Expo floor to exhibit their nominated title. From there, Gaming Expo attendees will have the chance to play each nominated title and vote to determine the winner of the award, which will be announced during the Gaming Awards ceremony on the closing night of SXSW Gaming 2018.

Hotel Information

 

If you are selected as a Gaming Awards finalist, you have access to a limited number of rooms that are specifically reserved for finalists through SXSW Housing & Travel. Rooms are limited to one per registrant and will sell out fast, so be sure to make your hotel reservation as soon as you are registered for SXSW. Requests can be completed in your Shopping Cart or SXSW Social account. In the meantime, check out SXSW Housing & Travel for more information about our hotels, pricing, reservation policies, and travel information.

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