Organized Play

Organized play is a cornerstone of the SXSW Gaming experience. Featuring spaces for PC, console, tabletop, and even arcade gaming, attendees are able to enjoy hundreds of play sessions and exclusive tournaments every year. This robust array of spaces and special events allows for individuals and various brands to engage directly with the SXSW Gaming audience in creative and unique ways. Bring your creative ideas for gaming activities to life by hosting an organized play session at the 2019 SXSW Gaming Festival.


Nintendo at SXSW Gaming 2017 - Photo by Anthony Mireles

Nintendo at SXSW Gaming 2017 - Photo by Anthony Mireles

About Organized Play Program

 

The 2019 SXSW Gaming Organized Play program allows the SXSW Gaming community to contribute ideas for play activities that will be listed on the official schedule for all attendees to enjoy.

Whether you’re a fan of video games, mobile and VR, tabletop, or even classic arcade games, the SXSW Gaming Festival comes equipped with hundreds of titles across all platforms. If you’ve ever thought, “It would be cool if they did this,” then now is your opportunity to make that cool thing happen!

Check back for more updates on our Organized Play opportunities in 2019!

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

Organized Play Formats

 

Single-Group Open Play

Bring your group of friends, or meet a new group, by hosting an individual play session in one of the SXSW Gaming open play areas. Focused on one game for a scheduled block of time with a single group of players, these sessions are the simplest and most efficient ways to get involved.

Multi-Group Open Play

Connect with multiple groups of gamers at SXSW Gaming by hosting a multi-group open play session. Instead of just one group of people, host several groups of players for a focused set of play sessions on a game of your choice during a scheduled block of time.

This format is meant to be for casual open play and not ran as a tournament.

Open Sign Up Tournament

Host a competition on a game of your choice with an open sign up tournament. These tournaments focus on one game and will require participants to register for the tournament while attending SXSW Gaming. Registration will remain open until all spots have filled or the tournament has begun at its scheduled time.

Tournaments are not allowed to have additional prize pools, fees, or other rewards without prior approval from SXSW Gaming.

Pre-Registered Tournament

Host a serious competition on a game of your choice with a pre-registered tournament. These tournaments focus on one game and will require participants to register prior to attending SXSW Gaming for a spot in the tournament. Registration will be open throughout the months leading up to SXSW Gaming, and will close once all spots have filled or the first day of SXSW Gaming has begun.

Tournaments are not allowed to have additional prize pools, fees, or other rewards without prior approval from SXSW Gaming.

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There are a variety of ways to get involved in the 2019 SXSW Gaming Festival, including the Gaming Awards and Pitch Competition. Learn more about all of our upcoming and current application periods today!

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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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