SXSW Gaming: Day 1

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Welcome to the inaugural SXSW Gaming Conference & Festival!

After having been a part of the overall SXSW ecosystem for several years, Gaming has now grown into its own fully-fledged festival. That means you’ll get to see more content focusing on your favorite areas of gaming and geek culture than ever before. With an expanded Gaming Expo, refined Gaming Program, and a star-studded Gaming Awards ceremony on our closing night, this is going to be the best set of gaming events found at SXSW to date.

In fact, let’s just dive right into all of the great highlights you’ll see on Day 1 of SXSW Gaming!


Fighters Underground – Day 1
12:00pm – 8:00pm | Austin Convention Center, Ballroom A
The greatest Street Fighter V players from around the world descend on SXSW Gaming to compete for $20,000!

Gamer’s Voice Voting Begins
12:00pm – 8:00pm | Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 2
Starting today, visit the Indie Corner to play and vote on showcased indie games, with awards on March 18! Also, visit the Gamer’s Voice Stage each day to learn more about each of the great games and the amazing developers behind them!

$10,000 Hearthstone Major Tournament
12:00pm – 8:00pm | Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 1
Register today between 12:00pm–2:00pm at the GEICO Gaming booth to compete in this weekend-long tournament!

$5,000 Rocket League Open
12:00pm – 8:00pm | Austin Convention Center, Ballroom BC
Grab a friend and compete in the 2v2 Rocket League Open for your chance to win a share of $5,000!

Gotta Go Fast: The Official Panel of Sonic the Hedgehog
5:00pm – 6:00pm | Austin Convention Center, Room 6AB
It’s time for the big reveal! Join SEGA and the Sonic team as they uncover what’s coming next for Sonic Mania and the top-secret Project Sonic 2017.

SXSW Gaming Opening Party and Cosplay Contest
8:00pm – 11:00pm | Hilton Austin Downtown, 6th Floor
After a day of nonstop gaming action, get ready to experience the largest cosplay event in SXSW history! Bring a friend, and even sign up to compete at one of this year’s headlining events.

Still haven’t registered for your SXSW Gaming Wristband? Grab one today and experience all this amazing content, and much more, from March 16 – 18!

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Photo by Roi Hernandez



Estevan Aviles

Gaming Festival Programming Specialist

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