In addition to highlighting the best that the gaming industry has to offer, the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards sponsored by IGN and Imaginary Forces also provides great entertainment with a star-studded lineup of hosts and entertaining performances. Previous emcees and guests include Jacksepticeye, Rachel Quirico, Markiplier, Janet Varney, Starbomb, Cirque du Soleil, and many more.
Whether you work in the industry or are simply a fan who loves games as much as we do, we invite you to take a look at how you can be a part of the magic at the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards.
The 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards will take place at the Hilton Austin Downtown on Saturday, March 18 from 8pm – 10pm.
SXSW Gaming 2017 takes place in the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas from Thursday, March 16 – Saturday, March 18.
2017 Gaming Awards Hosts
WWE® Superstar Xavier Woods® is a two-time WWE Tag Team Champion alongside fellow New Day members Big E and Kofi Kingston. An avid gamer, Woods is also the host of his own YouTube gaming channel, UpUpDownDown, where he’s known by his gamer tag Austin Creed. The channel, which has secured nearly 1 million subscribers since launching last June, is the home to popular shows like Gamer Gauntlet and Superstar Savepoint, and continues to be a must-watch channel for gamers around the world.
OMGitsfirefoxx, the self-proclaimed “full-time dragon slayer, part-time sniper,” aka Sonja Reid, holds the Guinness World Record as the most popular female broadcaster, boasting just under 800,000 followers on Twitch.
Pre-Show Entertainment: I.C.U
I.C.U. is an asymmetrical multiplayer horror game in which one player must survive a dystopian TV show that’s controlled by their live Twitch.tv viewers! In I.C.U. your audience decides your fate as the player’s live Twitch chat votes for events that’ll affect the player’s experience in-game. Performance is key as your life expectancy is tied directly to how well you can entertain your viewers! The game is a project of creative director Keenan Mosimann, who is widely known as “Criken” on YouTube and Twitch.
Halftime Entertainment: Rockit Gaming
Rockit Gaming is the first video game music label to create commercial-grade pop music with lyrical and visual content centralized around video games. With a crew of 5, they take their emerging genre to new heights incorporating Rock, Rap, and EDM to their catalog. Rockit Gaming is setting the new standard of artist-fan interaction when compared to traditional musicians. They are at the forefront of the latest video games and character releases and give their fans the ability to interact with the artists daily not only building memorable relationships, but a tight-knit community of fans and friends throughout the world. Rockit Gaming combines the video game and music industry, in a revolutionary new experience that you have to see to believe.
Gaming Awards Hosts photo by Thomas Tischio, Pre-Show and Halftime Entertainment media material courtesy of artists.