Discovery Stage Lineup Announced for 2019: Sonic, NBA 2K League, Virtual Reality, and More!

Dungeons and Dragons Panel at SXSW Gaming 2019 by Marie Ketring

The Discovery Stage is back for another year of fan-centric panels, reveals, and announcements at SXSW Gaming! The Discovery Stage is an integral part of experiencing SXSW Gaming every year as it hosts fan-favorite franchises, voice actors, filmmakers, and more, specially curated for YOU! You can expect discussions about the journey of making games, first-look revelations on top upcoming titles, and more – all at the heart of SXSW Gaming!

We’re excited to reveal the lineup for this year’s sessions and highly recommend you be a part of the fun next month!

Discovery Stage Panels

Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Panel

Aaron Webber (SEGA of America), Jasmin Hernandez (SEGA of America), Jun Senoue (SEGA), Takashi Iizuka (SEGA of America)

Sonic the Hedgehog is back at SXSW! Join special guests from SEGA and Sonic Team as they talk about the latest for the blue blur and his next steps for 2019 and beyond. There’s almost always a special announcement or two to be had, so be sure to purchase your wristband to SXSW Gaming to make sure you’re there to hear it first – no spoilers here!

New Voices in Gaming: Victoria, Elizabeth and Mela

Elizabeth Maxwell, Mela Lee, Victoria Atkin, and Kevin Garcia (Moderator)

Join Victoria Atkin, Elizabeth Maxwell and Mela Lee as they discuss their work and experience in voice acting games such as Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Persona 5 and Blazblue. The panel will share what it’s like to bring iconic characters from your favorite games to life, take a close look into the audition process and recording sessions, and explore a voice actor’s role in the gaming industry as a whole. With several triumphs and challenges to discuss, learn invaluable advice from the newest voices in gaming! The discussion will be followed by a brief audience Q&A and meet-and-greet with Victoria Atkin, Elizabeth Maxwell and Mela Lee.

Behind the Scenes with NBA 2K League Players

Brendan Donohue (NBA 2K League), Artreyo “Dimez” Boyd (Mavs Gaming), Alexander “Steez” Bernstein (76ers GC), and Stephanie Snowden (The Ringer)

The NBA 2K League, the first official esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league, provides fans and players with an unprecedented experience in gaming. Join the Managing Director of the NBA 2K League, Brendan Donohue, and two pioneer players from the inaugural season as they discuss their role in establishing this unique esports league. Players will discuss their journey through the NBA 2K League tryout process, what it takes to become a professional, and what life is like as a pro athlete in this new digital landscape.

So, You Want To Be A God? Building Virtual Worlds

Chris Prynoski (Titmouse), Leah Hoyer, Wesley Allsbrook, Ben Kalina (Titmouse)

Let’s face it, you want to be a god… right? Well, what’s stopping you? You could just sit around and think about it while the other gods get the jump on you – OR you can get to it and create your very own world! How does one build a “world” though? Come to this panel to find out the many ways artists, writers and all sorts of creatives use VR to construct their own realms as we enter this new era of virtual deities!

Noclip: Convincing Gamers to Love Developers

Danny O’Dwyer (Noclip)

Do gamers really understand how games are made? And if they had further insight, would they be able to appreciate games more? Since its founding, Noclip has attempted to answer these questions through documentaries which pull back the curtain on several of the world’s most beloved games and how they’re made. With each story discovering more and more about the creativity and business of selling games, learn about Noclip’s journey through game development and what the future holds for gamers.

Root – A Game of Woodland Might and Right

Cole Wehrle (Leder Games) and Patrick Leder (Leder Games)

Root has quickly risen in both popularity and recognition not only for its unique design and feel but also the way in which it was created. With the board game industry relying on a business model that greatly distances designers from the rest of the publishing process, Leder Games saw an opportunity to innovate the business with a new studio-style approach to tabletop game development. Learn what it took to create Root and see what’s in store for Leder Games’ future projects.

The Psychology of The Legend of Zelda

Dr. Anthony Bean, Dr. Emory Daniel Jr., Dr. Rachel Kowert, and Dr. Shane Tilton

The Legend of Zelda franchise has immersed players in a courageous struggle against the forces of evil for three whole decades and across 30 different games. Surprisingly, throughout all these years, the powerful psychology of this game continues to allow players to assess many varying mental health conditions and to overcome emotional trauma. From Dark Link to being an orphan, panelists discuss the varying psychological importance of why this game series Links up so well with our psyches.

SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition Finals

The SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition Finals will spotlight some of the most innovative and intriguing new game ideas during 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). Curious to see who’s in? Learn more about each contestant for the 2019 Gaming Pitch Competition!

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Dungeons and Dragons Panel at SXSW Gaming 2019 by Marie Ketring


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