PUBG Creator Brendan Greene, Fnatic’s Sam Mathews and Unikrn CEO Rahul Sood Join Featured Speaker Lineup

Competitive gaming is in the spotlight at SXSW Gaming 2018 as new Featured Speakers are announced for March. PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) creator Brendan Greene, Fnatic founder and chairman Sam Mathews, and Unikrn CEO Rahul Sood join the current lineup of Featured Speakers that include Christina Alejandre (ELEAGUE), Steve Arhancet (Team Liquid), Brendan Donohue (NBA 2K League), Nate Nanzer (Overwatch League), and Pete Vlastelica (Major League Gaming).

These Featured Speakers will bring their expertise and insights to share with the SXSW Gaming community and make Austin the place to be in March for fans of, and professionals in, esports and competitive gaming alike.

New Featured Speakers Added

Brendan Greene (Creative Director, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS) – Brendan Greene, a.k.a. PLAYERUNKNOWN, is the Creative Director of the breakout hit PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG). PUBG has become one of the most popular video games in the world, breaking multiple Guinness World Records and taking the gaming and live-streaming communities by storm. In addition to his role as Creative Director, Brendan serves as an ambassador and spokesperson for PUBG.

Sam Mathews (Founder and Chairman, Fnatic) – Sam Mathews is the founder and chairman of Fnatic, regarded as the leading brand within Esports. Launched in 2004, Fnatic manages pro-gamers and has won thousands of tournaments across more than 20 games, the most out of any organisation. In November 2015, Fnatic became the first team within Esports to launch its own line of hardware products, Fnatic Gear, through Indiegogo.

Rahul Sood (CEO, Unikrn) – Rahul Sood is the CEO of Unikrn, a Seattle-based esports startup. Unikrn’s mission is to heighten the experience of watching and participating in esports. Unikrn is venture-backed and raised a total of 10 million dollars with investors such as Ashton Kutcher, Mark Cuban, Liz Murdoch, Shari Redstone, Binary Capital and many others. In October of 2017, it was announced that Unikrn sold over 127 million Unikoins in the biggest token sale in esports and video games.

Tournament Stage

In addition to new Featured Speakers joining the SXSW Gaming programming lineup, we’re pleased to announce that we are working with Next Generation Esports (NGE) to program this year’s Tournament Stage. NGE is the premier independent esports production company dedicated to elevating the next generation of competitive game franchises. NGE provides end-to-end professional league operations, tournaments, live events, and original content tailor-made for each game’s audience.

Stay tuned to the SXSW Gaming website and all of our social channels over the next few weeks for more announcements and updates on the confirmed games that will featured on the SXSW Gaming Tournament Stage in March. And be sure to grab your SXSW Gaming Wristband today to ensure that you don’t miss a minute of the action.

Tabletop Experience

Not to be outdone, the Tabletop Experience at SXSW Gaming is shaping up to be a stellar edition in 2018. Powered by Cascade Games in 2018, the Tabletop Experience will be host to a variety of tournaments and games in March. Already, the Galactic Qualifiers for Star Wars: Destiny are scheduled to be at SXSW Gaming. Join us at the Tabletop Experience at SXSW Gaming for your chance at exciting prizes and a spot at the Star Wars: Destiny World Championship. More details will be revealed soon, so grab your SXSW Gaming Wristband today so you can make your play for incredible prizes and Star Wars: Destiny competition!

Don’t Miss SXSW Gaming

SXSW Gaming explores the world of gaming via a unique combination of exhibitions, esports tournaments, organized play, sessions and demos, awards, and programming. The Gaming Expo offers the chance to experience the latest titles and technology hands-on and watch top players go head to head in major esports tournaments.

Conference sessions give fans and professionals alike the opportunity to look behind the curtain at the expanding world of esports and learn from industry influencers, discuss innovations in game development, and highlight other emerging trends. Meet Ups, parties, and the SXSW Gaming Awards offer attendees the chance to network throughout the weekend with fellow gamers and gaming professionals of all stripes.

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Brendan Greene, Sam Mathews, and Rahul Sood – Photos courtesy of Speakers


Andrew McNeill

Gaming Conference Manager

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