The SXSW Gaming Festival is bringing more esports and gaming industry content to Austin than ever before with newly-selected panels and sessions from the SXSW PanelPicker.
With topics covering major growth points for esports such as credibility, data, and standardization, as well as gaming hot topics such as inclusivity and indie game development, SXSW Gaming will be a can’t-miss opportunity for individuals looking to break into the gaming scene.
Featured Speaker Revealed
Steve Arhancet (Co-CEO and Owner, Team Liquid) – As co-CEO and owner of Team Liquid, Arhancet has helped define what it means to be a new media organization and leader in esports. Arhancet is a pioneer as an esports team owner by being the first to implement support systems and structures that have become the industry standard. More than training elite esports athletes, Arhancet turns players into bona-fide internet personalities through his focus on content and influencer strategy. Most of all, Arhancet is the architect of Team Liquid’s ascendancy as the most successful esports franchise with over $17 million dollars in prize money won and over 1,000 official tournaments attended.
SXSW Gaming Program Additions
The Esports Ecosystem-Credibility is King
Duncan McGonagle (Minute Media), Additional Speakers TBA
Telling the Stories Behind Esports
Rich Routman (Minute Media), Additional Speakers TBA
Standardizing Esports: The Necessary Growing Pains
Gregory O’Dell (Events DC), Kristen Salvatore (Twitch), Mark Cohen (ESL), T.L. Taylor (MIT)
Colliding Worlds, Shaping the Future of Esports
Dan Kelley (HyperX), Anthony Muraco (Dallas Mavericks), Heather “sapphiRe” Garozzo (Team Dignitas)
For Honor: Great Game Launch to a Challenging Live Period
Damien Kieken (Ubisoft Montreal) and Roman Campos Oriola (Ubisoft Montreal)
The Ever-Evolving Nature of Game Crowdfunding
Gordon Walton (President, ArtCraft Entertainment), Mary Flanagan (Tilt Factor), and Starr Long (Executive Producer, Portalarium)
The New Co-Op: Crowdsourcing AAA Game Development
Alexandre Remy (Ubisoft) and Chris Morris (Fortune & CNBC)
IH8URGAME: Fostering Empathy in Gaming Communities
Abbie Heppe (Media Molecule), Alex Moyet (Curve Digital), Eric Monacelli (Marvel), and Jeff Legaspi (Annapurna Interactive)
SXSW Gaming 2018
SXSW Gaming celebrates gaming culture via a unique combination of exhibitions, esports tournaments, hands-on play, awards, panels, and industry-leading Featured Speakers. Taking place from March 15 – 17, 2018 in Austin, TX, SXSW Gaming is open to all SXSW registrants and SXSW Gaming wristband holders. With SXSW Gaming wristbands available now at early-bird rates, don’t miss any of the action coming to Austin this March!
Steve Arhancet – Photo courtesy of speaker