Organized Play

The recently-introduced Organized Play program is a way to put attendees in control of the content they see at next year’s festival. Are you a passionate gamer with creative ideas for activities? Host an organized play session at SXSW Gaming 2018!


Organized Play

Nintendo at SXSW Gaming 2017 - Photo by Anthony Mireles

About Organized Play Program

 

The 2018 SXSW Gaming Organized Play program allows the SXSW Gaming community to contribute ideas for play activities that will be listed on the official schedule for all attendees to enjoy.

Whether you’re a fan of video games, mobile and VR, tabletop, or even classic arcade games, the SXSW Gaming Festival comes equipped with hundreds of titles across all platforms. If you’ve ever thought, “It would be cool if they did this,” then now is your opportunity to make that cool thing happen!

Whether it’s casual or competitive play, premades or solo queues, enter your favorite games and formats for a chance to host an official play session at SXSW Gaming 2018. The application period for community play session proposals will be open from Wednesday, September 27 – Friday, December 8.

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

Organized Play Session Formats

 

Single-Group Open Play

Bring your group of friends, or meet a new group, by hosting an individual play session in one of the SXSW Gaming open play areas. Focused on one game for a scheduled block of time with a single group of players, these sessions are the simplest and most efficient ways to get involved.

Multi-Group Open Play

Connect with multiple groups of gamers at SXSW Gaming by hosting a multi-group open play session. Instead of just one group of people, host several groups of players for a focused set of play sessions on a game of your choice during a scheduled block of time.

This format is meant to be for casual open play and not ran as a tournament.

Open Sign Up Tournament

Host a competition on a game of your choice with an open sign up tournament. These tournaments focus on one game and will require participants to register for the tournament while attending SXSW Gaming. Registration will remain open until all spots have filled or the tournament has begun at its scheduled time.

Tournaments are not allowed to have additional prize pools, fees, or other rewards without prior approval from SXSW Gaming.

Pre-Registered Tournament

Host a serious competition on a game of your choice with a pre-registered tournament. These tournaments focus on one game and will require participants to register prior to attending SXSW Gaming for a spot in the tournament. Registration will be open throughout the months leading up to SXSW Gaming, and will close once all spots have filled or the first day of SXSW Gaming has begun.

Tournaments are not allowed to have additional prize pools, fees, or other rewards without prior approval from SXSW Gaming.

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Attend SXSW Gaming 2018

Be a part of a whole new kind of gaming festival experience that can only be found in the heart of the legendary SXSW. Get exclusive access to star-studded showcases, competitions for both fans and pros, in-depth conversations on the latest gaming trends, and all of your favorite games with an official SXSW Gaming wristband! Gaming wristbands on sale now in limited supplies.

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Host a Play Session

SXSW Gaming is accepting community play session proposals for all games across any platform from Wednesday, September 27 – Friday, December 8. Have a cool idea for an activity or competition that you’d like to host at next year’s festival? Apply for your chance to be on the official schedule!

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Enjoy a new kind of Gaming Festival

Celebrate gaming culture at SXSW Gaming 2018 via a unique combination of exhibitions, esports tournaments, hands-on play, awards, panels, and more.

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