Cosplay Contest Highlights

Cosplay Group SXSW Gaming 2017

SXSW Gaming 2017 brought with it a lot of big changes to several fan-favorite areas such as the Esports Tournament Stage, Tabletop Experience, Arcade Bunker, and of course, the Cosplay Contest!

Hosted by KittyPlays and featuring guest judges Alex Corea and Lyndie Greenwood, this year saw the Cosplay Contest get a major upgrade as it moved into the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Austin Downtown. With hundreds of fans in attendance, dozens of highly-talented contestants with some of the best cosplay SXSW has ever seen, and special performances by Tough Coded: Live and Powerglove, the opening night of SXSW Gaming set a new bar for cosplay at SXSW in the years to come.

Did you miss your chance to see the Cosplay Contest this year? Check out some of the featured highlights below!

McCree, Overwatch
Roadhog, Overwatch
Sheik, Legend of Zelda
Lightning, FFXIII
Cosplay Group Photo
Left to right: McCree | Overwatch - Photo by Thomas Tischio, Death - Photo by Thomas Tischio, Roadhog | Overwatch - Photo by Thomas Tishcio, Sheik | Legend of Zelda - Photo by Thomas Tischio, Lightning | FFXIII - Photo by Thomas Tischio, Cosplay Group Photo - Photo by Thomas Tischio

Powerglove at SXSW Gaming 2017 Cosplay Contest

In addition to the Cosplay Contest, the opening night of SXSW Gaming also featured special performances by videogame jockey Tough Coded: Live and the world’s most popular videogame metal band, Powerglove.

With each performance having left the crowd blown away, and leaving fans raving for more, we can’t wait to begin work on what will come next in 2018!

Tough Coded: Live at SXSW Gaming 2017 Cosplay Contest

Thank you to all the contestants, judges, and special guests who made the night as magical as it was. SXSW Gaming had an immensely successful year full of fun and excitement thanks to all the fans that are as passionate about gaming and geek culture as we are.

Stay tuned for what’s coming next when we begin unveiling our plans for SXSW Gaming 2018!

Photos by Thomas Tischio


Estevan Aviles

Gaming Festival Programming Specialist

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