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.


Pitch Competition

SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition - Photo by Lauren Lindley

About Gaming Pitch Competition

 

Details

The SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition will take place in two rounds.

Round 1: Selections for the SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition will participate in a private round of pitches given to a panel of judges with additional mentorship and guidance provided by industry experts.

Round 2: Finalists for the SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition will participate in a final round of pitches with the added opportunity to present their games in front of a public audience on the Discovery Stage. A winner for “SXSW Gaming Best Pitch” will be crowned and rewarded at the end of the second round.

Gaming Pitch Competition Finals
Austin Convention Center | Discovery Stage – Exhibit Hall 2
Friday, March 16 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Judges: David Eddings (Rooster Teeth), Elizabeth Howard (Aspyr), Nigel Lowrie (Devolver Digital), and Jared Epicpower (Muxy)
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2018 Gaming Pitch Competition Winner: Disembodied

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

Entry and Selection Process

The SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition application period was open from Tuesday, October 24 – Friday, December 8. Applicants were encouraged to enter games at any stage of development (from ideation to completed products) for consideration.


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

2018 Gaming Pitch Competition Contestants

 

Disembodied

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

Plunder Panic

Plunder Panic
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!

Quantized

Quantized
Quantized is an audio reactive, procedurally-generated sensory experience. Play your own local songs to generate a fun, exhilarating musical journey.

Mythic Ocean

Mythic Ocean
Mythic Ocean is an underwater exploration game in which you meet a cast of mythical creatures. Your relationships with these creatures and how you influence them dramatically shapes the world around you.

SRC: Sprint Robot Championship

SRC: Sprint Robot Championship
SRC is a science fiction racing game which combines sprint racing with parkour obstacle running. With no speed limit, players attempt to achieve the fastest times possible. Players race across a wide range of tracks, each one offers a unique challenge to test players skills.

Baby Hands

Baby Hands
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!

Hauoli Air Band

Hauoli Air Band
Hauoli Air Band lets you play a variety of musical instruments on your own or in a band on the stage. Play beautiful songs in PC or VR. Follow colorful balls to guide your hand to the correct note, and create marvelous music and memory.

Greyfall: The Endless Dungeon

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

ORGANIC GAMES

Organic Games
Organic Games represents games with graphic interfaces developed in stop-motion and experimental collage aesthetics. The photographic realism of these environments brings complexity and interest, along with the idea that we are producing changes in a “reality” that is reinforced by the illusion of life and magic produced by stop motion animation.

2017 Gaming Pitch Competition Contestants

 
  1. Brave New World – Foxtail Games

  2. Come Back Home – Bowling Green State University

  3. Endship – Lab Resistance

  4. Fallen Angels – Affinity Pixel Entertainment, LLC

  5. WINNER: Intruders: Hide & Seek – Tessera Studios

  6. Iron Tides – Crash Wave Games Inc.

  7. Legrand Legacy – SEMISOFT

  8. Natural 20 – Invrse Studios

  9. Pig Eat Ball – Mommy’s Best Games

  10. Roto Color Runners – Blue Volcano Studio

  11. Stereotypes! – The Union Co.

  12. RUNNER UP: SwapBots – SwapBots Ltd

  13. VarDragons – VarDragons / Bad Pilcrow

  14. Variant: Limits – Triseum

  15. Vidar – Razbury Games

  16. Vox-L – Multi-Dimensional Games

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