Gamer’s Voice Awards

The Gamer’s Voice Awards are dedicated to the independent teams and developers creating new, ground-breaking games everyday across the industry.

Gamer’s Voice Awards

Gamer's Voice Single Player Award Winners, Owlboy - Photo by Steve Rogers

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.


Enter for the Gamer’s Voice Awards

The Gamer’s Voice Awards recognize the best in indie game development, and is exclusively available to indie game titles and teams. Nominated Gamer’s Voice titles will be given the opportunity to showcase on the Gaming Expo floor–free of charge–in addition to their nomination. Apply from Tuesday, September 12 – Friday, December 8.

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Enter for the SXSW Gaming Awards

The SXSW Gaming Awards highlight the best that the gaming industry has to offer across 24 unique categories that cover AAA to indie game development, tabletop gaming, VR and AR, esports, mobile gaming and more. Apply from Tuesday, September 12 – Friday, December 8.

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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
Available to any multiplayer or single player video game that can be played on a PC or console.

Gamer’s Voice: Virtual Reality Game
Available to any virtual reality game accessible across Vive, Oculus, PSVR, or other mobile VR devices.

Gamer’s Voice: Tabletop Game
Available to all tabletop, RPG, and board games that are either multiplayer or single player.

Gamer’s Voice: Mobile Game
Available to any mobile game that can be played on Android, iOS, or handheld device.

Entry & Judging Process


Gamer’s Voice

The Gamer’s Voice Awards are open for all entries from Tuesday, September 12 – Friday, December 8. The Gamer’s Voice Awards are 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 will qualify for consideration.

Nominees for the Gamer’s Voice Awards, as selected exclusively by the SXSW Gaming staff who play every entry, will receive 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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