Tournament Stage

The Tournament Stage features trending esports titles with the greatest competitors in their respective scenes. Whether you’re new to the scene or a fan of seeing the highest-level competitive play in your favorite games, this stage will keep you entertained with the best non-stop action.

Tournament Stage

Esports Tournament Stage, SXSW Gaming 2017 - Photo courtesy of Twitch

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About Tournament Stage


SXSW Gaming hosts some of the greatest up-and-coming esports on the Tournament Stage with the best professional players from around the world. In fact, games such as Starcraft II, League of Legends, DOTA 2, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Street Fighter V have all made an appearance on this prestigious stage.

Arena of Valor Collegiate Showdown | March 15

Arena of Valor Collegiate Showdown
In the Arena of Valor Collegiate Showdown at SXSW Gaming, top players from the University of Texas’ Longhorn Gaming team and Texas A&M University’s A&M Esports will battle as a team with their school’s pride on the line. Add to your Schedule

Registration: Event is invite-only to the university team rivals from the University of Texas and Texas A&M.
Format: Multi-match format to see who’s best.
Prize Pool: School Pride (and Razer Phones for the teams)

Injustice 2 Ground Zero | March 15

Injustice 2 Ground Zero
Injustice 2 Ground Zero is a a single-day open tournament on the SXSW Gaming Tournament Stage, a traditional FGC open competition for a cool $20,000 USD prize pool. Add to your Schedule

Registration: Event is open entry to SXSW Gaming attendees, up 64 players (register onsite at SXSW Gaming). Registration will begin at 12pm with the broadcast and tournament beginning at 2pm.
Prize Pool: $20,000

Clash Royale Super Magical Cup: Kings of the Hill | March 16

Clash Royale Super Magical Cup: Kings of the Hill
Super Magical Cup: Kings of the Hill is a fresh and fun take on a King of the Hill 3v3 format, pitting the world’s best Clash Royale teams against one another in a battle for Super Magical Bragging Rights. Add to your Schedule

Registration: This tournament is invite-only to top professional Clash Royale organizations, which include Team Queso, Tribe Gaming, Nova Esports, and more to be announced!
Format: Unique 3v3 King of the Hill Format.
Prize Pool: Ultimate Bragging Rights (and Razer Phones for the teams).

Clash Royale Super Magical Cup: Open Play | March 17

Clash Royale Super Magical Cup: Open Play
Super Magical Cup: Open Play is an open format where any SXSW Gaming attendees can join the competition, claim the $20,000 prize pool, and get the attention of the professional organizations who will be live at the event (as well as those tuning in online)! Add to your Schedule

Registration: This is an Open Sign Up tournament, register at the Tournament Stage beginning on Friday, March 16th, with ongoing registration at 11 AM before the tournament begins on Saturday, March 17th. Players must be 16 years of age or older and have a Level 8 Clash Royale accounts. (Note: Final registration details subject to change).
Format: 1v1. No Bans or Special Rules. Open entry qualifier stage followed by a Single Elimination Best of Three Bracket. Players from Kings of the Hill will be auto-qualified into tournament participation.
Prize Pool: $20,000

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

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2017 Fighters Underground


In 2017, SXSW Gaming welcomed the best competitors from around the world for the Fighters Underground, featuring a massive $20,000 prize pool.


1st Place: Smug
2nd Place: NuckleDu
3rd Place: Luffy
4th Place: RB


• Momochi
• GamerBee
• Filipino Champ
• Justin Wong
• Ricki Ortiz
• NuckleDu
• Snake Eyez
• Luffy
• K-Brad
• Phenom
• Fourwude
• Danke
• Punk
• Chris Tatarian
• RB
• Smug

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