Discovery Stage

The Discovery Stage is your home for all the best fan-centric panels, reveals and announcements at SXSW Gaming.

Nerdcore: Let's Make Some Music panel at SXSW Gaming 2018 - Photo by Amanda Cain

Nerdcore: Let's Make Some Music panel at SXSW Gaming 2018 - Photo by Amanda Cain

About the Discovery Stage


Panel programming makes its return to the SXSW Gaming Expo floor with the Discovery Stage! The Discovery Stage is an integral part of the SXSW Gaming experience every year, hosting visionaries, creators, performers and players in fan-centered talks and workshops. Expect frank discussions about the journey of making games, first-look revelations on top upcoming titles and fun, creative live play, and more all at the heart of SXSW Gaming.

Discovery Stage Hours & Location

Friday, March 15 – Saturday March 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Austin Convention Center 1st Floor, Exhibit Hall 2

SXSW Gaming 2019 takes place in the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas from Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 17.

2019 Discovery Stage Sessions


So, You Want To Be A God? Building Virtual Worlds
Chris Prynoski (Titmouse), Leah Hoyer, Wesley Allsbrook, and Ben Kalina (Titmouse)

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

Noclip: Convincing Gamers to Love Developers
Danny O’Dwyer (Noclip)

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)

SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition Finals
Kiki Wolfkill (343 Industries), Matthew Evans (Nickelodeon), Nigel Lowrie (Devolver Digital), and Thomas Puha (Remedy Entertainment)

New Voices in Gaming: Victoria, Elizabeth and Mela
Elizabeth Maxwell, Mela Lee, Victoria Atkin, and Kevin Garcia (Moderator)

Root – A Game of Woodland Might and Right
Cole Wehrle (Leder Games) and Patrick Leder (Leder Games)

The Psychology of The Legend of Zelda
Dr. Anthony Bean, Dr. Emory Daniel Jr., Dr. Rachel Kowert, Dr. Shane Tilton

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Exhibit at SXSW Gaming

Interested in showing off your latest product, project or game in an exciting and energetic atmosphere? With an attendance expanding beyond 55,000 attendees in 2018, the SXSW Gaming Expo is the perfect place to do so! Learn more about exhibiting at the SXSW Gaming Expo in 2019 today!

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