Gamer's Voice Awards

The Gamer’s Voice Awards brings together dozens of the best independent games for thousands of fans and professionals to enjoy at SXSW Gaming.

Gamer's Voice: Tabletop Game Winner: Sol: Last Days of a Star, SXSW Gaming 2018 - Photo by Ismael Quintanilla

Gamer's Voice: Tabletop Game Winner: Sol: Last Days of a Star, SXSW Gaming 2018 - Photo by Ismael Quintanilla

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 sixth 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, Tiny Bubbles, Sol: Last Days of a Star, 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.

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.

2019 Gamer’s Voice Awards Categories

Video Game – Open to any multiplayer or single player video game that can be played on a PC or console.

Virtual Reality Game – Open to any virtual reality game accessible across Vive, Oculus, PSVR, or mobile VR devices.

Tabletop Game – Open to all tabletop, RPG, and board games that are either multiplayer or single player.

Mobile Game – Open to any mobile game that can be played on Android, iOS, or handheld device.

SXSW Gaming 2019 takes place in the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas from Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 17.

Entry & Judging Process


The Gamer’s Voice Awards are open for all entries from Monday, June 25 – Friday, December 7. The Gamer’s Voice Awards applications 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 2018 or 2019 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, 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 each award, which will be announced during the Gaming Awards ceremony at SXSW Gaming 2019.

For more information on other Gaming Awards categories, please visit the Gaming Awards homepage.

Enter for the Gamer’s Voice Awards

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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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 Monday, June 25 – Friday, December 7.

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