OMGitsfirefoxx and WWE® Superstar Xavier Woods® To Host 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards

Xavier Woods and OMGitsfirefoxx

SXSW Gaming is proud to reveal that popular gaming broadcaster OMGitsfirefoxx and WWE Superstar Xavier Woods will host the fourth annual SXSW Gaming Awards.

The 2017 Gaming Awards, sponsored by IGN and Imaginary Forces, will take place Saturday, March 18, at 8p.m. at the Hilton in downtown Austin, and will be accessible to 3-day and Saturday SXSW Gaming wristbands, with complimentary access extended to all SXSW badgeholders.

OMGitsfirefoxx, the self-proclaimed “full-time dragon slayer, part-time sniper,” aka Sonja Reid, holds the Guinness World Record as the most popular female broadcaster, boasting just under 800,000 followers on Twitch.

WWE Superstar Xavier Woods is a two-time WWE Tag Team Champion alongside fellow New Day members Big E and Kofi Kingston. An avid gamer, Woods is also the host of his own YouTube gaming channel, UpUpDownDown, where he’s known by his gamer tag Austin Creed. The channel, which has secured nearly 1 million subscribers since launching last June, is the home to popular shows like Gamer Gauntlet and Superstar Savepoint, and continues to be a must-watch channel for gamers around the world.

Online voting for all Gaming Awards categories, excluding Gamer’s Voice, will take place from Wednesday, January 25 through Friday, February 10. To vote, cast your ballot on IGN!

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Xavier Woods and OMGitsfirefoxx – Photos courtesy of WWE and OMGitsfirefoxx

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Estevan Aviles

Gaming Festival Programming Specialist

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