IGN’s Alanah Pearce and MLG’s Richard Campbell to Co-Host 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards

Alanah Pearce and Richard Campbell to host the 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards

SXSW Gaming has a long history of attracting big names and personalities in the gaming space from content creators (Jacksepticeye, Markiplier, OMGitsfirefoxx) to renowned voice actors (Janet Varney), esports celebs (Rachel Quirico) and even WWE superstars who produce original gaming content (Xavier Woods).

This year, we’re pleased to announce that Alanah Pearce, producer, writer and host at IGN, and Richard Campbell, face of Blizzard’s World of Warcraft and esports broadcaster for H1Z1, Hearthstone and Call of Duty World League, join the ranks of SXSW Gaming’s notable hosting teams and will emcee the 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening, March 17 at 8pm in Austin Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Austin Downtown.

Pearce (otherwise known by her Gamertag, ‘Charalanahzard’) is an Australian writer, host, and producer at IGN in San Francisco. She’s been playing games since she was four, writing about them professionally for seven years, and creating self-admittedly bad YouTube videos as a hobby for five.

Campbell is the face of World of Warcraft, leading all professional broadcasts for Blizzard. He’s internationally involved in the professional Hearthstone scene and is recognized for creating the most popular WoW talk show on Twitch. Outside of Blizzard titles, Rich is also the face of H1Z1 and will be leading all 2018 broadcasts, and is a caster for the Call of Duty World League.

To round out the awards show this year, special guest appearances will be made by The Attack’s host Alex Corea, OMGitsfirefoxx, and Saira Mueller, with intermission performance by Manatee Commune, heralded as Seattle’s best electronic musician and one-man synth, guitar, violin, and percussion artist.

To attend the SXSW Gaming Awards you will need a Saturday or 3-Day SXSW Gaming Wristband, or a SXSW badge, so be sure to purchase your wristband today and make sure you’re there when trophies are handed out in 24 unique categories.

The 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards Ceremony takes place Saturday, March 17, from 8-10pm in the Austin Grand Ballroom on the sixth floor of the Hilton Austin Downtown (500 E 4th St) and will be streamed live on the SXSW Gaming Awards Twitch Channel. The SXSW Gaming Awards are supported by IGN, Onion Creek Productions and Muxy.


Andrew McNeill

Gaming Conference Manager

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