Gaming Pitch Competition

The SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition offers gaming fans and professionals a unique chance to get a glimpse of the games that will soon take the industry by storm.

Gaming Pitch Competition Winner: Disembodied, SXSW Gaming 2018 - Photo by Karl Capelli

Gaming Pitch Competition Winner: Disembodied, SXSW Gaming 2018 - Photo by Karl Capelli

About Gaming Pitch Competition


The Gaming Pitch Competition embodies the spirit of discovery found at SXSW Gaming. By bringing the best ideas in game development together in a unique environment featuring both industry coaching and fan feedback, the Gaming Pitch Competition provides a pivotal opportunity to take the next step forward with your project.

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

Gaming Pitch Competition Format


Entry & Selection Process

The Gaming Pitch Competition application period is open for all entries from Monday, June 25 – Friday, December 7. Applicants are encouraged to enter games at any stage of development (from ideation to completed products) for consideration. Games must not be expected to be release prior to January 1, 2019 and cannot have sourced more than $5 million in total combined funding.

Competition Format

The Gaming Pitch Competition takes place over a period of two days across two rounds of pitches. The first round of pitches will be in a closed-door environment to determine a total of 4 finalists. From there, each of the 4 finalists will participate in the Gaming Pitch Competition Finals on the Discovery Stage to an audience of hundreds of SXSW Gaming attendees. Pitches will be judged on a variety of factors including originality and enjoyability, marketing and launch plan, potential actualization, and overall team and presentation.

Complimentary coaching sessions will be available with a pre-determined industry professional to help refine pitch structure and execution for each round of the Gaming Pitch Competition.

Gaming Pitch Competition Past Highlights


Gaming Pitch Competition 2018


Disembodied – Berlin by Ten
Disembodied is an epicomical action-adventure starring the literal head of the Underworld’s rule, Yorick Evergrim, and his nameless skeleton companion.


Baby Hands – Chicken Waffle
Experience the world through the eyes, ears, and chubby little hands of a baby! Crawl your way through a zany retro sandbox experience, filled with imagination and fun!

Greyfall: The Endless Dungeon – Therion Games
Greyfall is a Diablo®-like ARPG with dungeon creation, Dark Souls®-like final bosses, no class restrictions and infinite replayability.

Plunder Panic – GEL Lab at Michigan State University
Plunder Panic is a swashbuckling, 12-person multiplayer arcade game where two rival crews battle for supremacy on the high seas. Defeat the enemy captain, scuttle their ship, plunder enough booty or end up shark bait in Davy Jones’ Locker!

Gaming Pitch Competition 2017


Intruders: Hide & Seek – Tessera Studios
Intruders is a VR first person stealth experience where you play Ben, a 13 year old kid who is surviving a living nightmare in which you must rescue his kidnapped parents while avoiding three vicious intruders.


SwapBots – SwapBots Ltd
SwapBots are collectible toys that use augmented reality to create a spectacular, interactive video game world around a physical toy. By swapping pieces of the SwapBots, the player can influence in-game attributes. The player simply points their phone or tablet at the SwapBot toy to see it come to life as the digital animation is overlaid onto it.

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