About Gamer's Voice Awards


The Gamer’s Voice Award began in 2013 as a way to bring the best in indie game development to the world’s stage at SXSW. Now in its fifth year, the Gamer’s Voice Award has grown to become one of the largest, and most impactful, experiences for hundreds of indie developers and teams throughout the gaming industry. With past successes including titles such as SUPERHOT, Gang Beasts, ARENA GODS, and Owlboy, this key part of the SXSW Gaming festival has become a great opportunity to facilitate growth in both budding and completed indie projects.

Each year, SXSW Gaming staff members invite only a handful of the best games from among hundreds of entries to receive an exhibition spot at the SXSW Gaming Expo so that they can compete for a coveted Gamer’s Voice Award, with winners chosen exclusively by attendees.

If you’re developing a new game title, and you’re eager to put it in the hands of thousands of gamers and industry professionals, then look no further than the Gamer’s Voice Awards.

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

2018 Gamer's Voice Nominees


SXSW Gaming 2018 reinvents the format of the Gamer’s Voice Awards to encompass four categories in total: Video Game, Virtual Reality Game, Tabletop Game, and Mobile Game.

Gamer’s Voice: Video Game

A Case of Distrust – The Wandering Ben
Aegis Defenders – Guts Department
AER – Memories of Old – DAEDALIC Entertainment GmbH
Antigraviator – Cybernetic Walrus
Battlesloths 2025: The Great Pizza Wars – Invisible Collective
Darkwood – Acid Wizard Studio
Death Coming – NEXT Studio
Gunhead – Alientrap Games
My Memory of Us – IMGN.PRO
Once Upon A Coma – Atmos Games LLC
Semblance – Nyamakop
West of Loathing – Asymmetric
The Universim – Crytivo
Yoku’s Island Express – Team17 Digital Ltd.

Gamer’s Voice: Virtual Reality Game

DreadEye VR – Digital Happiness
The Invisible Hours – Tequila Works
Racket: Nx – One Hamsa Ltd.
TheWaveVR – TheWaveVR
TO THE TOP – Electric Hat Games

Gamer’s Voice: Tabletop Game

Bargain Quest – Bargain Quest Games
The Chameleon – Big Potato Games
Drawing Dead – Gold Baby Games
Sol: Last Days of a Star – Elephant Laboratories
True Messiah – Sinister Design
Zombie Legacy – Slam Games

Gamer’s Voice: Mobile Game

Homo Machina – Darjeeling
Maruta Escape – Busan Sanai Games
Milkmaid of the Milky Way – machineboy
Tiny Bubbles – Pine Street Codeworks
Too Many Cooks – FINIFUGU && Friends
Where Shadows Slumber – Game Revenant Ltd

Entry & Judging Process


Gamer’s Voice

The Gamer’s Voice Awards were open for all entries from Tuesday, September 12 – Friday, December 8. The Gamer’s Voice Awards application was unique from the primary Gaming Awards categories as only indie developers and teams with titles released (or slated to be released) in either the 2017 or 2018 calendar years were able to qualify for consideration.

Nominees for the Gamer’s Voice Awards, as selected exclusively by the SXSW Gaming staff who play every entry, received 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 the award, which will be announced during the Gaming Awards ceremony on the closing night of SXSW Gaming 2018.

Hotel Information


If you are selected as a Gamer’s Voice Award finalist, you have access to a limited number of rooms that are specifically reserved for finalists through SXSW Housing & Travel. Rooms are limited to one per registrant and will sell out fast, so be sure to make your hotel reservation as soon as you are registered for SXSW. Requests can be completed in your Shopping Cart or SXSW Social account. In the meantime, check out SXSW Housing & Travel for more information about our hotels, pricing, reservation policies, and travel information.

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