Open Play Areas

SXSW Gaming hosts an array of open play experiences for its attendees. From our PC Arena that hosts hundreds of the latest cutting-edge PCs, laptops, and other gaming devices, to our Arcade Bunker, which brings back the greatest cabinets of all time, there’s never a shortage of new and fun things to do.


Open Play Areas

2016 SXSW PC Arena – Photo by Lauren Lindley

About Open Play Areas

 

The Open Play Areas facilitate both casual and organized play across a variety of platforms and games. These areas include the PC Arena, Arcade Bunker, and Mobile Gaming Dome, with each specializing in its own flavor of gaming. What will you experience this year at the Open Play Areas in the Gaming Expo?

SXSW Gaming 2017 takes place in the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas from Thursday, March 16 – Saturday, March 18.

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Attend SXSW Gaming 2017

Grab your SXSW Gaming wristband for access to industry insider secrets, in-depth conversations on the latest gaming trends, star-studded showcases, and exclusive access to the newest games around! Gaming Wristbands on sale now in limited supplies.

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Contact Us to Exhibit

Interested in showing off your latest product, project or game in an exciting and energetic atmosphere? With a record-setting attendance of over 76,000 attendees in 2016, the SXSW Gaming Expo is the perfect place to do so! Learn more about exhibiting at SXSW Gaming Expo today!

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PC Arena presented by Logitech and Rocket League

 

Powered by DreamHack and MSI Gaming. Want to learn what it’s like to play your favorite games on the best computers around? Then join us in the PC Arena to compete, try out, and enjoy all your favorite titles with your friends and fellow gamers at SXSW Gaming!

With daily tournaments, tons of prizes, and a welcoming environment for both new and veteran gamers, the PC Arena will offer you hours of great entertainment.

Highlighted games for this year’s event include CS:GO, Team Fortress 2, DOTA 2, League of Legends, and Rocket League. And, with many more games to experience live at SXSW Gaming, the PC Arena is a must-see destination for all gamers.

Tournaments

Rocket League

Rocket League

Details: 2v2 | Bo3 Matches, Bo5 Semis & Finals | Double Elimination
Prizes: $5,000 Prize Pool
Dates: Thursday, March 16 – Friday, March 17

Full Details

CS:GO

CS:GO

Details: 5v5 | Bo1 Matches, Bo3 Semis & Finals | Double Elimination
Prizes: TBA
Dates: Friday, March 17 – Saturday, March 18

Full Details

League of Legends

League of Legends

Details: 5v5 | Bo1 | Single Elimination
Prizes: TBA
Date: Friday, March 17 – Saturday, March 18

Full Details

More tournaments and events are TBA.

Community

Twitch
Watch all the action for each daily tournament live on Twitch.tv.

Steam
Connect with fellow gamers at SXSW Gaming, as well as throughout the year on the official SXSW Gaming Steam Community Group.

Add the PC Arena to your schedule for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Arcade Bunker

 

Powered by Arcades4Homes. The arcade is one of, if not the most, important parts of gaming history and culture.

We all remember a time when we competed for quarters, challenged our friends to pride and glory on Donkey Kong, or tossed our first shoryuken for a victory. So why let those memories live in the past?

With dozens of the finest classic arcade cabinets and several newly-fitted rigs featuring the latest games, you can relive and cherish the history and impact that the arcade has had for gamers across the world.

Mobile Gaming Dome

 

Powered by The Slurred Nerd and NVIDIA. The Mobile Gaming Dome mimics the PC Arena in format, but is exclusive to mobile gaming only. With the latest tablets and mobile phone devices capable of running the most intensive mobile games, check out what you can play and take home on your handheld device today!

With daily tournaments, tons of prizes, and an inclusive environment for gamers of all skill levels, you’ll always find a fun time at the Mobile Gaming Dome.

Tournaments

Vain Glory

Vainglory

Registration: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Tournament Begins: 2:00pm
Date: Thursday, March 16
Prizes: TBA

World of Tanks Blitz

World of Tanks Blitz

Registration: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Tournament Begins: 6:00pm
Date: Thursday, March 16
Prizes: TBA

Critical Ops

Critical Ops

Registration: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Tournament Begins: 2:00pm
Date: Friday, March 17
Prizes: TBA

Clash Royale

Clash Royale

Registration: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Tournament Begins: 6:00pm
Date: Friday, March 17
Prizes: TBA

Hearthstone

Hearthstone

Registration: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Tournament Begins: 2:00pm
Date: Saturday, March 18
Prizes: TBA

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