Peering into the wide world of SXSW Gaming might not be quite as daunting as completing Dark Souls III while wearing the Calamity Ring, but trying to find out what’s when and where can still be tricky. The Gaming Festival makes up three days of SXSW and it’s packed with tournaments, play sessions, talks with our Featured Speakers, Meet-ups, Mentor Sessions and more. Read on to learn how you can seek out the right gaming content for you at SXSW this year.
How to Find the SXSW Gaming Schedule
To start, select the Schedule tab in the navigation bar. This will take you to a list of every Gaming event, including Featured Sessions, Play Sessions, Tournaments and Special Events. From here, you’ll be able to save events to your favorites and add them to your schedule — but first, you need to log in to your account.
How to Log In
Regardless of whether or not you have a wristband yet, you will need to be logged in to an account to start building your schedule.
To do this, simply click Sign In at the upper right-hand corner of the schedule. This will take you to a page where you can either log in to an existing account or create a new one.
If you have forgotten your password or are having trouble accessing your account, just click the link that says, “Need to reset your password?” on the sign-in page and follow the instructions.
How to Purchase a Wristband
If you have yet to obtain your wristband, start by clicking Buy a Wristband in the upper right-hand corner of the home page. You will be taken to a screen where you can choose the wristband that is right for you. To purchase, just click Buy Now, and fill out your information on the next page. After clicking Continue Checkout, you’ll be prompted to sign in if you haven’t done so already, or create an account. Once either of those is finished, you’ll be able to finish purchasing your wristband.
After your wristband has been purchased, you will receive your first confirmation email with information on how to book a hotel and more. You can also begin building your schedule.
Finding Events and Building Your Personal Schedule
After signing in, start adding events to your schedule by clicking the star icon on any event page that interests you. Items that have already been marked as favorites will appear with a blue star.
To take a look at your schedule, hover over your name in the upper right-hand corner and click Schedule. Included in that drop-down menu is also a link to share your schedule with others.
For someone who is new to SXSW or hasn’t checked out the Gaming festival yet, figuring out what events to attend can be an adventure all by itself. Check out some of the highlights below to get a better idea of the variety of programming offered at SXSW Gaming!
Try your skills at one of the most classic games ever during the Donkey Kong High Score Challenge series. This play session will be going on all three days of SXSW Gaming and the ultimate winner will receive a prize at the end of the festival.
Explore the relationship between gaming and cryptocurrency during the Featured Session, On the Bleeding Edge: Esports and Ethereum. Unikrn’s CEO, Rahul Sood, will go into depth on the fusion of online trade and the world’s fastest growing entertainment sector.
On the Discovery Stage, check out Legendary Koji Igarashi Chats Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, where the world-renowned game designer, producer and writer Koji “Iga” Igarashi will share his experiences surrounding the development of his forthcoming game, as well as his creation and return to the “Metroidvania” genre.
Lastly, the SXSW Gaming Expo is the ultimate hub for all aspects of gaming culture. Featuring hundreds of exhibitions and special events, this exciting confluence of online and offline worlds will be sure to bring non-stop fun at SXSW Gaming 2018.
These are just some examples of what you’ll find at SXSW Gaming. Start browsing through the schedule to explore further.
SXSW Gaming Expo 2017. Photo by Jonathan LaChance.