Welcome to SXSW Gaming 2019

Gaming 2018 Closing Party Photo by Justin Zamudio

Each year we at SXSW Gaming task ourselves with creating a unique event for gamers where they can play, engage with, and learn about the games they love and the people and companies behind them. Just like our attendees, games are our passion and we strive every year to create the type of event that we would want to attend.

We felt like 2018 was the best representation of that goal yet. We hosted the best-ever PC Arena and incredible competitions on the Gaming Expo floor. The Tournament Stage featured some of the most unique esports tournaments we’ve ever had, including the Clash Royale Super Magical Cup. Our conference programming — featuring speakers like Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer, PUBG creator Brendan Greene, NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue, Echo Fox owner Rick Fox and more — was more popular than ever. And we capped off the weekend with a wonderful Gaming Awards Ceremony honoring an incredible year of games.

With all of that in our rear-view mirror, we’re already hard at work on SXSW Gaming 2019 and we’ve got some exciting things planned. Mark your calendars now, because we’re happy to announce that the dates for SXSW Gaming 2019 will be Friday, March 15, through Sunday, March 17. Expect three days chock-full of the greatest games of the current generation and amazing new releases.

There are less than nine short months to March and the road to SXSW Gaming 2019 starts today. If you’re interested in speaking at SXSW Gaming in 2019, the SXSW PanelPicker is open today for speaking submissions. Maybe you and your team are creating (or just released) an amazing game in 2018 — well, the Gaming Awards competition and Gamer’s Voice Awards are open for entries. If you’ve got the idea for the next great game just waiting to be discovered, then the SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition is for you.

All of these great ways to participate at SXSW Gaming are open for applications for 2019, so get involved today. Stay tuned, because we’ve got a ton of great programming and events to announce. SXSW Gaming 2019 will be unequivocally the best edition yet and we can’t wait to prove it to you. The road to March begins today — we’re excited for you to join us for the journey.


Andrew McNeill

Gaming Conference Manager

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