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


PC Arena presented by Logitech and Rocket League

Powered by DreamHack. 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 is your best bet for all your gaming needs.

Interested in showcasing the best games on your beast of a rig? Then bring it out and showcase it alongside all the coolest custom rigs and personally designed computers around!

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.

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


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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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