Get Involved: Apply to Participate at SXSW Gaming 2018

Arne Meyer and Scott Lowe at the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards - Photo by Christopher Free

The deadline to apply for many opportunities at SXSW Gaming 2018 is quickly approaching!

Whether you’re a gaming professional or a dedicated fan, there are more ways than ever before to get involved in this year’s festival programs. Learn about each opportunity and how you can apply below.

Professional Opportunities

SXSW Gaming Awards

The SXSW Gaming Awards feature 24 award categories that cover all aspects of the gaming industry. Highlighted categories for 2018 include Video Game of the Year, Mobile Game of the Year, Tabletop Game of the Year, Virtual Reality Game of the Year, and Trending Game of the Year. And with many more categories to apply for, enter your game in one or all of our renowned Gaming Awards!

Previous Video Game of the Year winners include Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and The Last of Us.

Apply for the SXSW Gaming Awards

SXSW Gamer’s Voice Awards

Exclusively for Independent Game Developers

The Gamer’s Voice Awards present a unique opportunity for indie game developers to receive worldwide recognition at SXSW. Nominees will receive a complimentary exhibition opportunity and have their work featured in the SXSW Gaming Awards ceremony, with the winners taking home a SXSW Gaming Award trophy. Gamer’s Voice categories include Video Game, Mobile Game, Tabletop Game, and Virtual Reality Game, with winners determined via a public vote during the SXSW Gaming Festival.

Previous Gamer’s Voice Award winners include Owlboy, ARENA GODS, Gang Beasts, SUPERHOT, SpeedRunners, and Nidhogg.

Apply for the Gamer’s Voice Awards

SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition

The SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition returns to SXSW Gaming 2018 with a new program and format! Receive valuable mentorship and guidance in crafting the best pitch for your latest game project to both industry veterans and the public. Whether your game is just beginning as an idea or is currently in development, don’t miss your unique opportunity for being featured at SXSW!

Apply for the SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition

Opportunities for All

Organized Play Program

Have you ever wanted to see a listing for your favorite game at a major gaming festival? Now you can! Enter a play session or tournament idea for a game of your choice to have a chance to host an officially listed event on the SXSW Schedule during SXSW Gaming 2018!

Enter a Proposal

SXSW Gaming Volunteer Program

Want to be a part of what makes SXSW Gaming great every year? Consider being a volunteer for the 2018 festival! With more information to come soon, stay tuned to the official SXSW volunteer website for the latest on how to volunteer.

Explore More for SXSW Gaming

SXSW Gaming takes place in Austin, Texas from March 15 – 17, 2018. Attend with an official SXSW Gaming wristband or enjoy complimentary access with a SXSW badge!

SXSW Gaming Awards, SXSW Gaming 2017 – Photo by Christopher Free


Estevan Aviles

Gaming Festival Programming Specialist

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