Open Play Areas at SXSW Gaming 2018

Rocket League at SXSW Gaming 2017 - Photo by Jay Willingham

2018 will mark the return of some of the most exciting areas full of games, tournaments, and prizes to the SXSW Gaming Festival.

With more organized play listings and events to be planned for than ever before, each of these unique areas are sure to cater to one of your favorite styles of gaming:

PC Arena

Do you want to go head to head against rival gamers across your favorite games like League of Legends, CS:GO, PUBG, Rocket League, and more with your squad of friends? Then you won’t want to miss the dozens of tournaments and special events happening each day of SXSW Gaming in the PC Arena. Try out some of the newest releases along with your all-time favorites to win major prizes during next year’s festival.

Arcade Bunker

A SXSW Gaming classic, the Arcade Bunker hosts thousands of gamers playing on dozens of the best arcade cabinets around. With classic games like Terminator, Street Fighter, Dance Dance Revolution, and more available for open play at no extra charge, don’t miss out on some friendly competitions and special events occurring throughout the weekend.

Tabletop Experience

Nothing can beat the joy of playing with a group of friends around the table with your favorite games. Explore a library of hundreds of games including staples such as Catan, The Resistance: Avalon, Ticket to Ride, and One Night Ultimate Werewolf, as well as new classics like Splendor, Star Realms, Codenames, and more all in the Tabletop Experience.

VR Vault

New for SXSW Gaming 2018. VR games and technology have taken the industry by storm, and if you’re curious what the future of gaming has in store, then you can’t miss out on this brand new area at the Gaming Expo. Full of the best VR headsets and playing equipment, discover another dimension of gaming with both the newest releases and upcoming secret projects at the VR Vault.

Are You A Serious Gamer?

If you’re serious about gaming and want to host your very own play session at the SXSW Gaming festival, now you can! Enter a play session or tournament idea for SXSW Gaming 2018 for a chance to host your very own event in the PC Arena, Arcade Bunker, or Tabletop Experience.

Enter an Idea for a Play Session

Rocket League at SXSW Gaming 2017 – Photo by Jay Willingham


Estevan Aviles

Gaming Festival Programming Specialist

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