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.

Check back for our Open Play schedule and opportunities closer to SXSW Gaming 2019!

SXSW Gaming Arcade Bunker - Photo by Nicole Burton

SXSW Gaming Arcade Bunker - Photo by Nicole Burton

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 the Tabletop Experience, with each specializing in its own flavor of gaming.

PC Arena

The PC Arena hosts hundreds of cutting-edge computers and laptops for SXSW Gaming Expo attendees to enjoy a wide-array activities on. With daily tournaments, tons of prizes, and a welcoming environment for both new and veteran gamers, the PC Arena offers endless hours of great PC gaming entertainment.

Arcade Bunker

The arcade is one of the, if not the most, important parts of gaming history and culture. And SXSW Gaming brings it all back each year at the Gaming Expo. With dozens of the finest classic arcade cabinets, and several newly-fitted rigs featuring the latest games, this unique area brings the rich gaming history of the arcade back to life.

Tabletop Experience

Whether you’re a tabletop fanatic or just looking for a new game, the Tabletop Experience at the SXSW Gaming Expo will satisfy your need to conquer the board. Here you’ll find the latest arrivals, as well as long-time classics, with our exclusive library of over a hundred unique games.

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


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