Meet Ups

SXSW Gaming offers a variety of excellent networking opportunities for individuals both within the gaming industry and outside. Meet other attendees with similar interests across a variety of topics each year during these highly-effective, fun, and social networking opportunities.

Meet Ups

SXSW Gaming Expo – Photo by Miklos Lorant

About Meet Ups


Meet ups present the best networking and mingling opportunities for SXSW Gaming attendees during each year’s festival.

Whether you’re an industry insider, or a fan of all the things that make gaming great, you won’t find a better opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals than a SXSW Gaming meet up.

With topics varying from trending industry conversations around virtual reality technology and cloud gaming, to the traditional world of tabletop gaming and the new sensation of social gaming, each meet up presents a unique flavor of content found at SXSW Gaming.

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

2018 SXSW Gaming Meet Ups

Esports Partnership Meet Up
Kirill Khayrullin (Team Empire), Sergey Nevodnichiy (Team Empire)
Various non-endemic brands are currently entering the esports ecosystem, but what value can they bring to esport fans and how can esport teams and operators connect them? Join Team Empire as they discuss their experience as a team and media agency and answer your questions about the matter.

Careers in the Gaming Industry
Rich Weil (ModSquad)
Come learn about resumes, job-hunting and interviewing tips, and career management, along with the best ways to to get in on the “ground floor” and prepare yourself for a game career!

The Future of Connected Play
Justin Kifer (Bad Features)
Join leaders in the connected play space for an hour of mingling and conversation about how the convergence of physical and digital are changing the way the world thinks about play. Plenty of awesome demos included!

Military Veteran Gamers Meet Up!
Stephen Machuga (Stack-Up)
When veterans leave the military, they often lose the camaraderie of service can provide. Gaming acts as a shared language between veterans and civilians, and we at Stack-Up welcome you to join us!

Esports in High School: Preparing Them for a Future
Don Wettrick (Noblesville High School), Ryne Haas (StartEdUp Innovation)
The rise of esports has been exponential. At this Meet Up you’ll connect with others who want students to have time to collaborate and work on team building through esports games.

Texas Video Game Students Meet Up
Robert Bryant (St. Edward’s University)
Video game students, unite! Make connections with instructors, current students and prospective students from video game educational programs throughout Central Texas.

Nurturing Diverse Communities in Gaming
Angel Smith (GeekLife)
Congratulations! Your gaming group has broad appeal. You’ve got a great thing going. Now what? How do you make sure your group stays fun for everyone?

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Attend SXSW Gaming 2018

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 and more. Get your official SXSW Gaming Wristband today!

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Explore the 2018 SXSW Gaming Schedule

Browse the full lineup of unique sessions, panels, awards, tournaments, special events, and much more for SXSW Gaming 2018. Begin building your custom schedule today!

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