Welcome to the First Day of SXSW Gaming 2019!

SXSW Gaming Featured Speaker Nate Nanzer in 2018

Welcome to SXSW Gaming 2019, get ready to experience the best in gaming!

We are honored that you’ve chosen to spend your weekend with us here at SXSW Gaming. First things first, pick up your Gaming Wristband in Ballroom B of the Austin Convention Center. Pickup times will be busiest from 9am to 5pm, so make sure to keep that in mind when you’re making your way downtown.

We have lots of fun programming ready for you to enjoy during your time with us, so get ready! You’re not going to want to miss our Featured Speakers, exploring the Gaming Expo, cheering on the teams in the Halo Championship Series Invitational, or our Gaming Opening Party presented by Blankos Block Party! Gaming Wristband holders get priority access to the SXSW Opening Party starting at 7pm, so be sure to get there in time or you’ll miss out!

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

TOURNAMENTS:

League of Legends Tournament
11am – 3pm | Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 1
Magic: The Gathering Weekend League
11am – 6pm | Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 2
Microsoft Store Tournament Halo 2v2 Throwdown
12pm – 2:30pm | Austin Convention Center, Ballroom A
Catan Tournament
12pm – 3pm | Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 2
KeyForge: Call of the Archons Tournament
12pm – 2pm | Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 2
Halo Championship Series Invitational 4v4 Tournament
2:30pm – 7pm | Austin Convention Center, Ballroom A
PUBG 2v2 Tournament
3pm – 6pm | Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 1

SESSIONS:

The Evolution of the Overwatch League
11am – 12pm | Austin Convention Center, Room 10AB
The Business of Fun: Designing a Design Culture
11am – 12pm | Austin Convention Center, Room 8C
Master of Games: Crafting the World of High School Esports
12:30pm – 1:30pm | Austin Convention Center, Room 10AB
Esports and Streaming Have Evolved Beyond Winning
12:30pm – 1:30pm | Austin Convention Center, Room 9AB
Don’t Knock it Off! IP Issues for Game Developers
2pm – 3pm | Austin Convention Center, Room 8C
The Great Adoption, Gaming as Entertainment
2pm – 3pm | Austin Convention Center, Room 9AB
Behind the Scenes with NBA 2K League Players
2:30pm – 3:30pm | Austin Convention Center, Discovery Stage
Gaming for Good: How Amateur Esports Build Character
3:30pm – 4:30pm | Austin Convention Center, Room 10AB
Connected Play: Gamifying the World Around Us
3:30pm – 4:30pm | Austin Convention Center, Room 8C
Noclip: Convincing Gamers to Love Developers
4pm – 5pm | Austin Convention Center, Discovery Stage
Going Global: How Gaming Attracts the World’s Largest Brands
5pm – 6pm | Austin Convention Center, Room 9C

DON’T MISS

Southwest Showdown with the Houston Outlaws
11am – 6pm | Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 1
Don’t Get Got! SXSW Gaming Edition
11am – 6pm | Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 2
Minorities in the Games Industry Meet Up
12:30pm – 1:30pm | Austin Convention Center, Room 8AB
Esports Startups and VCs Meet Up
5pm – 6pm | Austin Convention Center, Room 8AB
SXSW Gaming Expo Happy Hour
5pm – 6pm | Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 2
SXSW Gaming Opening Party presented by Blankos Block Party
7pm – 1am | The Main

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!

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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