Session 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 2018!

Session Formats

The Attack Meet Up, SXSW Gaming 2017 - Photo by Luis Bustos

About Session Formats


SXSW Gaming 2018 will feature a total of 4 different formats that are comprised of Featured Speakers, Talks (Solo, Dual, and Panels), Meet Ups, and Mentor sessions.

Featured Speakers

New for SXSW Gaming 2018. 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

New for SXSW Gaming 2018. 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 certain amount of RSVPs.

SXSW Gaming 2018 takes place in the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas from Thursday, March 15 – Saturday, March 17.


Vote During the 2018 SXSW PanelPicker®

The SXSW PanelPicker community voting period takes place from Monday, August 7 – Friday, August 25. Vote on your favorite ideas for sessions, panels, meet ups, and more to help decide what makes it to SXSW Gaming 2018.

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Contact Us to Exhibit

Interested in showing off your latest product, project or game in an exciting and energetic atmosphere? With an attendance expanding beyond 46,000 attendees in 2017, the SXSW Gaming Expo is the perfect place to do so! Learn more about exhibiting at the SXSW Gaming Expo in 2018 today!

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