Attend SXSW Gaming

SXSW Gaming offers an endless amount of fun and entertainment in the form of exhibitions, showcases, esports tournaments, and hundreds of unique free play and special event activities. Join us March 15-17 to experience the best in gaming culture during a festival that features a sprawling Gaming Expo, a one-of-a-kind awards show, and unmatched industry programming.

Attend SXSW Gaming

SXSW Gaming 2017 - Photo by Lauren Lindley

SXSW Gaming 2018 Wristband Rates & Deadlines


Wristband Type Through
March 8
March 15-17
$39 $49
March 15
$20 $25
March 16
$20 $25
March 17
$20 $25

Early registrants benefit from discounted rates, which expire at 11:59pm PT on each specified date. SXSW Gaming 2018 will be free to children 12 years of age and younger.

Wristband Pickup Hours

All SXSW Gaming wristbands will be available for pickup during the following hours in Exhibit Hall 3 of the Austin Convention Center. No wristbands will be mailed out for SXSW Gaming 2018. All wristbands must be picked up at will call by the registered individual.

Wristbands are now on sale in Exhibit Hall 3 at the Austin Convention Center until 7pm tonight, Saturday, March 17.

Thursday, March 15: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Friday, March 16: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday, March 17: 10:00am – 7:00pm

How to Attend


SXSW Gaming 2018 takes place from Thursday, March 15, through Saturday, March 17 at the Austin Convention Center, and encompasses a wide variety of content throughout the SXSW Gaming Expo, Gaming Awards, and Gaming Programming. The Gaming Expo opens at 12pm every day, closing at 8pm Thursday and Friday and at 7pm on Saturday. Other programming takes place throughout each day.

With a SXSW Gaming Wristband, you’ll be granted complete access to each portion of the show as well as exclusive perks such as discounted hotel rooms, complimentary swag bags, and access to incredible special events.

SXSW Gaming is open for attendance to all ages, with complimentary access given to all SXSW badgeholders. The SXSW Gaming Wristband does not grant access to any SXSW Conference & Festivals events.

Book your hotel using the link provided in your Gaming wristband confirmation email with SXSW Housing & Travel. Learn more about how to book, and review our reservation policies and hotel availability here.

For further information about the 2018 SXSW Gaming Festival, explore Wristbands Terms and Conditions, RFID Policy, Code of Conduct, and FAQ.

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