PC Arena, Arcade Bunker, Tabletop Experience Tournaments for 2019

SXSW Gaming Tournament Stage by Jeremiah Dearinger

The moment you’ve been waiting for is here! In addition to the latest announcements of our 2019 Featured Speakers and Sessions, we are excited to present you with the first batch of tournaments including League of Legends, Overwatch, Street Fighter V, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and many more for SXSW Gaming 2019!

These events are open to SXSW Gaming attendees with a SXSW Gaming wristband or any SXSW badge to sign up – just make sure to have your teams ready by the time you arrive! The prizes for these tournaments will be announced within the next couple of weeks along with the programming for the Tournament Stage. In addition, the Cosplay Contest, Indie Corner, SXSW Gaming Awards and Pitch Competition Finals will be back to honor the best of the best in gaming culture.

We couldn’t wait until the new year to share this lineup with you — are you ready for it?

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PC Arena

The PC Arena is home to hundreds of cutting-edge gaming computers that come equipped with both the latest releases and your all-time favorite games. Check in daily during SXSW Gaming for special tournaments and open play opportunities!

Friday, March 15 Tournaments

League of Legends

Don’t miss your chance to claim victory and your place at the top in the Summoner’s Rift! Compete as a team with your friends or join new allies for this intense League of Legends tournament series.

PUBG 2v2

Pair up with only your most trusted friends and compete for immeasurable glory in PUBG, the Battle Royale classic.

Saturday, March 16 Tournaments

Overwatch

Overwatch, the esports sensation that swept the world, is coming back to the PC Arena. Bring your crew or make new friends and compete in this year’s thrilling tournament series.

Fortnite 2v2

Build, destroy, and fight your way to victory in Fortnite at the PC Arena! Lead your team to success, or show your friends who’s boss.

Sunday, March 17 Tournament

Rocket League 2v2

Start your engines and face off against the best rocket-powered soccer car professionals in the world with this ultimate gaming and sports mashup!

Arcade Bunker

Relive the classic arcade experience while playing both the newest releases and your all-time favorite games at the Arcade Bunker. Join in on daily tournaments and organized play sessions throughout all three days of SXSW Gaming.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament – Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Can’t get enough of Super Smash Bros? Don’t worry, we have you covered. Join in daily at the Arcade Bunker to compete in a tournament series available to all!

Friday, March 15 Tournament

Tekken 7

Do you have what it takes to become King of the Iron Fist? Compete against newcomers and legends in this tournament found only at the Arcade Bunker.

Saturday, March 16 Tournaments

Street Fighter V

Rise up! Claim the title of greatest in the most recognizable fighting game of all time. With major bragging rights on the line, who will leave as the best at SXSW Gaming 2019?

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Have you spent the past few months in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber? Challenge brand new opponents with your freshly-developed skills in this exclusive Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament found only at the Arcade Bunker.

Sunday, March 17 Tournament

Soul Calibur VI Tournament

Soul Calibur makes its debut at SXSW Gaming with an amateur tournament series found only in the Arcade Bunker!

Tabletop Experience

Whether you’re a tabletop fanatic or just looking for a new game, the Tabletop Experience at the SXSW Gaming Expo will satisfy your need to conquer the board. Here you’ll find the latest arrivals, as well as long-time classics, with our exclusive library of over a hundred unique games.

Magic the Gathering: Weekend League – Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Running all weekend long, join the Magic: The Gathering league at the SXSW Gaming Tabletop Experience and receive a prize pack that includes a Planeswalker Preconstructed Deck, 2 additional booster packs, and an exclusive SXSW playmat.

Pokémon Trading Card Game: Weekend Gym Package – Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Running all weekend long, sign up for the Pokémon Trading Card Game gym package at the SXSW Gaming Tabletop Experience and receive a pre-constructed Pokemon Theme deck and an exclusive SXSW playmat.

Friday, March 15

KeyForge: Call of the Archons Tournament (Sealed | Elimination)

This Swiss-style tournament will equip registered players with three new decks to play with. Once you lose with one deck, that deck is eliminated from your pool of eligible decks to use. If all of your decks have been eliminated, you lose! How far will you be able to go before you fall?

Saturday, March 16

KeyForge: Call of the Archons Tournament (Constructed | Diminishing Returns)

Bring three KeyForge: Call of the Archons decks to participate in this Swiss-style diminishing returns tournament. Once you win with one deck, that deck is eliminated from your pool of eligible decks to use. However, your last deck cannot be eliminated!

Sunday, March 17

KeyForge: Call of the Archons Tournament (Constructed | Elimination)

Bring three KeyForge: Call of the Archons decks to participate in this Swiss-style deck elimination tournament. Once you lose with one deck, that deck is eliminated from your pool of eligible decks to use. If all of your decks have been eliminated, you lose!

Festival Favorites are Back

Indie CornerFriday, Saturday, Sunday

The Indie Corner is your chance to play and vote on the best indie games around. Challenge yourself to play all the greatest indie titles of the year and vote on which game should win a 2019 SXSW Gamer’s Voice Award!

SXSW Gaming Cosplay Contest

The SXSW Gaming Cosplay Contest is back for another wild year in Austin, Texas! Attendees wishing to be a part of the fun will be able to sign up before the festival through this form. With more information to be shared soon, don’t forget to favorite this must-see event and see our website for up-to-date information on categories for 2019.

Saturday, March 16

SXSW Gaming Awards

The SXSW Gaming Awards recognizes the greatest titles, teams, and individuals from across the gaming industry. Join special guest hosts and presenters for the sixth-annual SXSW Gaming Awards as we honor dozens of phenomenal games from 2018 with exclusive surprises and entertainment throughout the night.

SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition Finals

The SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition Finals will spotlight some of the most innovative and intriguing new game ideas in a competition to determine which deserves the title of Best Pitch at SXSW Gaming 2019. Judges for the 2019 competition include Kiki Wolfkill (343 Industries), Matthew Evans (Nickelodeon), Nigel Lowrie (Devolver Digital), and Thomas Puha (Remedy Entertainment).

SXSW Gaming Wristbands = The Best Stocking Stuffers!

With the holidays around the corner, make sure to purchase a 3-Day or single day SXSW Gaming Wristband for all your loved ones! Take advantage of the early bird rate of $39 to be a part of all the action at SXSW Gaming 2019. Experience the best in gaming culture with hands-on play, tournaments, exhibitions, a one-of-a-kind awards show, and SXSW-exclusive activities this March! We’ve also created a great stocking stuffer image for you to use to keep your presents merry and bright.

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SXSW Insider Tip: Make sure to visit our SXSW Housing & Travel page to take advantage of special deals on lodging near the Austin Convention Center. Our housing team works round the clock to secure the best rates at hotels within walking distance of anything SXSW related. Whether you’re looking to stay in the best boutique hotels or trying to stay within a budget, there are opportunities for everyone to save some money on rates compared to direct bookings and online travel agencies.

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