Pitch Competition

The SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition offers gaming professionals the unique chance to pitch their games or projects to gaming industry veterans and experts, and receive well-detailed critiques on where to take things moving forward.

Pitch Competition

Pitch Competition, SXSW Gaming 2017 - Photo by Christopher Free

About Pitch Competition


The SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition connects gaming industry veterans directly with aspiring game developers to help build great pitches for new projects.

Professionals participating in the SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition will have invaluable access to some of the most renowned industry experts who will provide extensive feedback, tips, and assistance in refining the best product pitch. In addition to this process, one game and team will be selected by a panel of participating industry experts to earn the title of “SXSW Gaming Best Pitch.”

If you’re a gaming professional with a unique or innovative new idea, and are willing to take the next step in making it a reality, then the SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition is a can’t-miss opportunity for you.

Entry and Selection Process

The SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition will remain open for all applications from Tuesday, October 24 – Friday, December 8. Applicants are encouraged to enter games at any stage of development (from ideation to completed products) for consideration.

All applicants will be notified of their status for the SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition during January of 2018.

SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition Details

The SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition will take place in two rounds.

Round 1: Selections for the SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition will participate in a private round of pitches given to a panel of judges with additional mentorship and guidance provided by industry experts.

Round 2: Finalists for the SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition will participate in a final round of pitches with the added opportunity to present their games in front of a public audience on the Discovery Stage. A winner for “SXSW Gaming Best Pitch” will be crowned and rewarded at the end of the second round.

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


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.


Apply to Participate

There are a variety of ways to get involved in the 2018 SXSW Gaming Festival, including the Gaming Awards and Pitch Competition. Learn more about all of our upcoming and current application periods today!

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2017 Pitch Competition Contestants

  1. Brave New World – Foxtail Games

  2. Come Back Home – Bowling Green State University

  3. Endship – Lab Resistance

  4. Fallen Angels – Affinity Pixel Entertainment, LLC

  5. WINNER: Intruders: Hide & Seek – Tessera Studios

  6. Iron Tides – Crash Wave Games Inc.

  7. Legrand Legacy – SEMISOFT

  8. Natural 20 – Invrse Studios

  9. Pig Eat Ball – Mommy’s Best Games

  10. Roto Color Runners – Blue Volcano Studio

  11. Stereotypes! – The Union Co.

  12. RUNNER UP: SwapBots – SwapBots Ltd

  13. VarDragons – VarDragons / Bad Pilcrow

  14. Variant: Limits – Triseum

  15. Vidar – Razbury Games

  16. Vox-L – Multi-Dimensional Games

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