See You Soon! SXSW Gaming 2018 Dates Announced

SXSW Gaming Dates Announced

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SXSW Gaming 2018 will officially take place in downtown Austin, Texas from Thursday, March 15 – Saturday, March 17.

2017 marked a monumental year for SXSW as we introduced the SXSW Gaming Festival for the first time ever. With over 46,000 gamers enjoying this year’s Gaming Expo, Gaming Awards, and jam-packed schedule of panels, meet ups, parties, and special events, 2018 will be a huge next step for the fastest-growing gaming festival in central Texas.

Highlights from SXSW Gaming 2017 included the return of Nintendo to Austin, SMUG taking home the Fighters Underground crown with the greatest of ease, Naughty Dog taking home 7 awards (including Video Game of the Year) for masterpiece title Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and epic performances for both our Cosplay Contest and closing party featuring Alan Walker.

Interested in becoming a part of the SXSW Gaming community? Take a look at some of the ways you can get involved with next year’s event!


How To Get Involved for 2018

SXSW Gaming PanelPicker Community Voting | August 7 – August 27

The SXSW Gaming PanelPicker serves as an open platform for the public to enter speaking proposals on their creative ideas for each year’s event. Whether you’re an industry professional or die-hard gaming fan, we call upon our diverse community to help discover the industry-wide conversations you’ll find at SXSW!

SXSW Gaming Awards | Open for all entries from September 12 – December 8

The SXSW Gaming Awards celebrates the excellence found in gaming each year. If you have a game, or are working on an up-and-coming project, then mark your calendars for the launch of SXSW Gaming Awards applications on September 12, 2017.

The SXSW Gaming Awards are meant for both professionals and indie developers alike. Explore the results of the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards, and see what you can look forward to experiencing at next year’s event.

Enter for the Gaming Awards

SXSW Gaming Competitions | Opens Fall 2017

SXSW Gaming will introduce and host a variety of competitions for both industry professionals and fans in 2018. The first of these will be revealed later this year with applications opening up early this fall.


As always, you can find us on social @SXSWGaming on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, as well as register for our official newsletter so that you never miss a beat.

On behalf of the SXSW Gaming team, thank you to all the gamers who made SXSW Gaming 2017 such a success! We look forward to seeing you again in 2018.

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