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

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 Mobile Gaming Dome, 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.

Mobile Gaming Dome

With the latest tablets and mobile phone devices capable of running the most intensive mobile games, the Mobile Gaming Dome provides new and creative experience for all mobile gaming fans. With daily events and an inclusive environment for gamers of all skill levels, this area is a great experience for both fans and pros alike.

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


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