The awards will be open for all entries from Thursday, August 1 – Friday, December 6. All entries must have been completed titles that had been released during the 2019 calendar year. Any other entries were not taken into consideration.
Judging is a two-step process once all entries are received. First, there is 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 at SXSW Gaming 2020.
The Gamer’s Voice Awards are open for all entries from Thursday, August 1 – Friday, December 6. 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 2019 or 2020 calendar years can qualify for consideration.
Nominees for the Gamer’s Voice Awards, as selected exclusively by the SXSW Gaming staff who play every entry, 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 each award, which will be announced during the Gaming Awards ceremony at SXSW Gaming 2020.