SXSW Gaming 101: Wristband Pickup, Schedule Highlights & More!

Indie Corner at SXSW Gaming 2018

SXSW Gaming is almost here! Are you ready to explore all things gaming at SXSW?

Wristband Pickup Location & Hours:

Wristbands will be available for pickup in Ballroom B of the Austin Convention Center (500 E. Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701) at 9am. Don’t forget to bring your photo ID and please keep in mind that registration will be busiest between 9am – 5pm.

Austin Convention Center, Ballroom B
Friday, March 15 | 9am – 7pm
Saturday, March 16 | 9am – 7pm
Sunday, March 17 | 9am – 5pm

More information on wristband pickup is available here.

SXSW Gaming Attendee Services Hub

Whether you are a seasoned SXSW veteran or first-timer, make sure to check out our SXSW Gaming Attendee Services Hub to help you prepare for the adventure ahead! For the 2019 season, we’ve made some changes in policies and developed a suite of tools to help you navigate and access the festival. Make sure to check out the services hub here!

Schedule Highlights

FRIDAY

The Evolution of the Overwatch League
11am – 12pm | Austin Convention Center, Room 10AB

Halo Championship Series Invitational
12pm – 7pm | Austin Convention Center, Ballroom A

Master of Games: Crafting the World of High School Esports
12:30pm – 1:30pm | Austin Convention Center, Room 10AB

Behind the Scenes with NBA 2K League Players
2:30pm – 3:30pm | Austin Convention Center, Discovery Stage

SXSW Gaming Opening Party, presented by Blankos Block Party
7pm – 1am | The Main, 610 E. 6th St.
(NOTE: Gaming wristbands get priority access to the party starting at 7pm, make sure you get there in time or you’ll miss out!)

SATURDAY

Halo Championship Series Invitational
12pm – 7pm | Austin Convention Center, Ballroom A

Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Panel
1pm – 2pm | Austin Convention Center, Discovery Stage

Building Successful Partnerships in Esports with Naz Aletaha
2pm – 3pm | Austin Convention Center, Room 10AB

SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition Finals
4pm – 5pm | Austin Convention Center, Discovery Stage

SXSW Gaming Awards
7pm – 9pm | Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon H

SUNDAY

CS:GO Tournament, presented by WIN.gg
11am – 2pm | Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 1

New Voices in Gaming: Victoria, Elizabeth, and Mela
11:30am – 12:30pm | Austin Convention Center, Discovery Stage

Halo Championshp Series Invitational
12pm – 5pm | Austin Convention Center, Ballroom A

SXSW Gaming Cosplay Contest, presented by Alienware
6pm – 7pm | The Sunset Room, 310 E. 3rd St.

SXSW Gaming Closing Party, presented by Alienware
7pm – 9pm | The Sunset Room, 310 E. 3rd St.

Buy Your Wristband

Join us March 15 – 17th to experience the best in gaming culture during SXSW. The SXSW Gaming Festival features a sprawling Gaming Expo, a one-of-a-kind awards show, unmatched industry programming, and the Halo Championship Series Invitational on the Tournament Stage. 3-Day and single day wristbands for SXSW Gaming are still on sale – make sure to purchase yours to today!

Buy a Wristband

The Official Stream Schedule

Can’t make it to SXSW Gaming 2019? No problem!
Tune in each day of the event to watch a live stream of the SXSW Gaming Awards, sessions on the Discovery Stage, the Halo Championship Series Invitational put on a show unlike anything they’ve done before, and daily tournaments from the PC Arena! Curb your SXSW Gaming FOMO and check out the schedule here.


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Pam Renteria

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