Geek Stage

The SXSW Gaming Geek Stage is the must-see spot for all fan-centric programming, gaming stories, and everything related to Geek culture.

Geek Stage

SXSW Gaming Geek Stage - Photo by Thomas Tischio

About Geek Stage


Each year we bring the most entertaining acts, latest reveals, and just-plain-fun and interesting programming to SXSW Gaming. The core of these sessions lies at the SXSW Geek Stage.

Meet your favorite online stars, check out the latest games, learn the secrets behind your favorite childhood game, and more at the Geek Stage.

Geek Stage Details

Date: Thursday, March 16 – Saturday, March 18
Time: 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Location: Austin Convention Center | Room 6AB


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2017 SXSW Gaming Schedule

Learn more about the dozens of new experiences enjoyed this year at SXSW Gaming, and browse our 2017 lineup of unique sessions, panels, and meet ups that all attendees got to see.

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Geek Stage Lineup


Thursday, March 16

The Life and Times of an Esports Pro
Thursday, March 16 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Speakers: Marcus “Dyrus” Hill (League of Legends), Chris “Huk” Loranger (Independent), Julio Fuentes (Echo Fox), and Kyle Chatterson (theScore eSports)

It’s the Fans! Secrets of Successful Live-Streamers
Thursday, March 16 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Speakers: Dan Scarcelli (Monstercat), Alex Au (Revlo), Kristen Valnicek (KittyPlays), and Scott Hellyer (Main Menu)

It’s All Fun and Games… Until You Turn Pro
Thursday, March 16 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Speakers: Dan Kelly (Onnit), Alex Deily (Onnit), and Nati Casanova (TheZombiUnicorn)

How to Grow Your Brand & Expand Beyond the Digital World
Thursday, March 16 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Speakers: Devin Nash (Counter Logic Gaming), Kristin Rimbach (Macalpin Management), and Memo Macalpin (Macalpin Management)

Gotta Go Fast: The Official Panel of Sonic the Hedgehog
Thursday, March 16 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Speakers: Aaron Webber (Sonic the Hedgehog), Mike Pollock (SEGA), Roger Smith (SEGA), and Takashi Iizuka (Sonic the Hedgehog)

Friday, March 17

The Future of Inclusivity in Modern Gaming Culture
Friday, March 17 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Speakers: Anna Prosser Robinson (Twitch), Dorothy Ferguson (Razer), Steven Place (Corillian), and Rodger Saffold (Rise Nation)

Pitch to the Pros: Game Narrative
Friday, March 17 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Speakers: Chris Avellone (Independent), Drew McGee (Stoic Studio), Jared Mason (Schell Games), and Toiya Kristen Finley (Schnoodle Media LLC)

The Social, Sharing, and Streaming Future of VR
Friday, March 17 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Speakers: Adam Arrigo (TheWaveVR), Alex Schwartz (Owlchemy Labs), Bruce Wooden (Altspace VR), and Tadhg Kelly (VREAL)

AR: Bringing the Magic Back to Gaming
Friday, March 17 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Speakers: Jeri Ellsworth (castAR) and Brian Crecente (Polygon)

Saturday, March 18

BOOP! Women Online – Female Voices in Video Games
Saturday, March 18 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Speakers: Andrea Toyias (Blizzard Entertainment), Carolina Ravassa (Sombra | Overwatch), Lilia Davis (La Revista Mujer), and Michael Chu (Blizzard Entertainment)

The Star Citizen Community: A Crowdfunded Success Story
Saturday, March 18 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Speakers: Eric Green (Cloud Imperium Games Austin), John Erskine (Cloud Imperium Games), Marissa Meissner (Cloud Imperium Games Austin), and Tyler Witkin (Cloud Imperium Games)

Owlboy: Working On One Title For a Decade
Saturday, March 18 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Speakers: Jonathan Greer (D-Pad Studio), Julianne Royce (D-Pad Studio), Simon Andersen (D-Pad Studio), and Jo-Remi Madsen (D-Pad Studio)

EA Game Changers: Greatest Moments
Saturday, March 18 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Speakers: Alan Walker (Music Producer & DJ), Chris Mancil (EA), Dan Mitri (EA), and Mat Everett (EA)

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Join us in the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas from March 16-18 for SXSW Gaming 2017.


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