Program Formats

As SXSW Gaming continues to grow, the variety of programmed content that you’ll find at each year’s event does as well. Learn more about our unique formats for SXSW Gaming 2019!

Christina Alejandre and Saira Mueller at SXSW Gaming 2018 - Photo by Jon Currie

Christina Alejandre and Saira Mueller at SXSW Gaming 2018 - Photo by Jon Currie

About Session Formats


SXSW Gaming 2019 will feature a total of four different formats that are comprised of Featured Speakers, Sessions (Solo, Dual, and Panels), Meet Ups, and Mentor opportunities.

The 2019 SXSW Gaming Festival includes three dedicated tracks:

Esports Industry
Topics tackling the growing world of esports and its place in the games industry.

Game Design & Development
Ideas covering all aspects of game design and development, including art direction, animation, coding, sound, and voice acting.

Game Marketing & Community
Discussions centered on how to get the word out about games, including through traditional marketing methods, community engagement and online influencers.

Featured Speakers

SXSW Gaming speakers come from all over the globe. When you attend the dozens of panels, Meet Ups, and talks throughout next year’s event, expect to hear from the top industry experts, personalities, esports players, developers, authors, legends, and much, much more.

Looking for the best presentations and announcements in gaming? SXSW Gaming Featured Speaker sessions bring together some of the biggest and brightest names of our time.

Solo / Dual / Panels

The vast majority of our Solo, Dual and Panel programming is sourced through PanelPicker®. Solo and Dual presentations offer a deep dive look into more targeted topics with either one or two speakers. Panels typically feature one moderator and up to three additional industry experts who represent different perspectives and opinions in a given area, making for a lively discussion. Each of these formats is one hour in length.

Meet Ups

SXSW Gaming attracts thousands of diverse gamers from around the world that are looking for new ideas, new collaborators and an opportunity to make new life-changing connections. Meet Ups are a fundamental and relaxed way to get connected with the dynamic SXSW Gaming community while engaging in your favorite interests.

Mentor Sessions

Mentor Sessions offer one-on-one coaching with professionals from all aspects of the various gaming industries. Advance sign-up is required and access is limited to a pre-determined amount of RSVPs.

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


Attend SXSW Gaming 2019

Join us March 15-17 to experience the best in gaming culture featuring a sprawling Gaming Expo, a one-of-a-kind awards show, unmatched industry programming, tournaments, competitions, and more. Get your official SXSW Gaming Wristband today!

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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, the SXSW Gaming Expo is the perfect place to do so! Learn more about exhibiting at the SXSW Gaming Expo in 2020 today!

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