SXSW Gaming offers a legendary experiences across not only its cutting-edge programming, expo, and awards show, but also in the epic parties thrown each night. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this year’s Opening and Closing Party at SXSW Gaming 2017!


SXSW Gaming Parties - Photo by Tim Strauss

About SXSW Gaming Evening Events


SXSW Gaming hosts a variety of daytime programming and special events throughout the Austin Convention Center. In addition to this great content, the festival also features select evening events that are sure to please all.

For SXSW Gaming 2017, don’t miss each of our major evening events including the Opening Party and Cosplay Contest featuring Powerglove and Tough Coded: Live at the Hilton Downtown Austin, the world’s first-ever Crowd Play of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series at the Paramount Theater, and the official SXSW Gaming Closing Party featuring Alan Walker, Luca Lush, and Feature Cuts at the Monster Energy Outbreak House.

With an event for each night of SXSW Gaming, which will you enjoy first?

Opening Party and Cosplay Contest


The SXSW Gaming Opening Party and Cosplay Contest featuring special performances by gaming metal cover band Powerglove and videogame jockey experience Tough Coded: Live, will take place on Thursday, March 16 at the Hilton in downtown Austin from 8pm – 11pm.

After several years of exploding growth, the Cosplay Contest has grown into a must-see feature at SXSW. Now, with the new SXSW Gaming Festival, the Cosplay Contest is officially available to three-day and Thursday wristbands, as well as SXSW badgeholders.

Are you a DIY designer or superfan of a show, game or otherwise? Then gear up for this year’s Opening Party and Cosplay Contest! OPEN TO ALL AGES

About Host KittyPlays

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Kristen, a.k.a KittyPlays, is a broadcaster & content creator focused on positive engagement & a supportive community. Kristen’s other endeavors include leading Team Kitty, a broadcaster team of over 75 women, to support & grow their channels and sustain quality content creation across the Gaming and Creative communities.

About Guest Judges Lyndie Greenwood and Alex Corea

Lyndie Greenwood and Alex Corea
Photos courtesy of Lyndie Greenwood and Alex Corea

Lyndie Greenwood currently stars as Jenny Mills on FOX’s hit show, Sleepy Hollow, and is best known for her role as Sonya on CW’s popular television series Nikita. Her additional television credits also include roles such as Keisha on Rookie Blue, Kelly on Flashpoint, Lana on Lost Girl, and roles in Covert Affairs. Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Lyndie has enjoyed studying martial arts, and exploring dance and vocal training at various institutions including Professional Actors Lab, Jason Fraser Studios, Etobicoke School of the Arts and University Settlement Drama Group.

Alex Corea is co-founder of Attack Media as well as the host and showrunner of its daily live variety-series The Attack on Twitch. With over 300 episodes written, produced, and hosted with the Los Angeles based studio since 2015, Alex has led the series to become one of the most popular gaming talk shows on the platform. Since the show’s conception, Alex has created over 1000 hours of specialized branded content for companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Sony, Oculus, and more, all the while pushing the boundaries of broadcast by accomplishing the first ever live stream from space, broken world streaming records, and even made his mom’s Top Ten Streamer’s list three years in a row.

About Powerglove

Photo courtesy of Powerglove

Hailing from the outer reaches of flavor country, the Powerglove woodwind quartet is the perfect choice for any bat mitzvah or funeral procession. Top scientists from Powerglove University in Prague have ascertained specific evidence from the children of Sanchez the Wise that Powerglove’s music is the answer to domestic abuse, and gout. However, clinical trials, have yet to prove that Powerglove is in any way effective against dysentery. These four young men, full of bold and fresh flavor, as well as all requisite herbs and spices will dance for you until the siren call of the Great Mancuso beacons us home to the undying realms with the audacity of succulent ham.

About Tough Coded: Live

Tough Coded: Live
Photo courtesy of Little Nando

Tough Coded: Live is a multiplayer game where players pit off against a game master (the DJ) in a virtual death match where the music directly impacts everything happening in the game. With each match lasting the duration of the song, who will rise up to the challenge and take out Little Nando to claim SXSW fame and glory?

Cosplay Competition Rules:

  1. Sign-up online, or at the onsite sign-up location which will be in Exhibit Hall 1 + 2 at the Austin Convention Center, Thursday March 16th from 12p-6p.
  2. All contestants are allowed 30 seconds on stage for walk-on.
  3. Keep it PG-13! No nudity, foul language, inappropriate themes, etc. If you have doubts or questions, contact SXSW directly.
  4. Anyone in costume may enter the competition, but the contestant must be pre-judged to be eligible for an award.
  5. At least 75% of the costume must be constructed, or heavily modified, by the contestant to be eligible for an award, except for the Judges’ Award (all contestants eligible for Judges’ Award.)
  6. Models may be used, but awards only given to the creator of the costume. Creator must be present during the pre-judging.
  7. If it goes on stage with you, it must come off stage with you.
  8. Any jumping, tumbling, or stunts need to be cleared with SXSW staff prior to performance.
  9. Group entries are limited to 10 people unless otherwise cleared with SXSW staff first.
  10. No live steel. Nothing loaded, period. Replicas are fine, so long as they follow Federal regulations, ie: orange tips. All weapon replicas will need to be checked and approved by security prior to entering the competition.
  11. All qualified contestants will receive a complimentary Thursday Gaming wristband with which to compete and attend the event.

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Opening Party and Cosplay Contest featuring Powerglove and Tough Coded: Live
March 16 | 8:00pm – 11:00pm
6th floor, Hilton Downtown Austin
Access: All Badges (Platinum, Interactive, Film, Music) and Gaming Wristband
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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series


World’s First Crowd Play

Telltale Games, award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment, have partnered with Marvel Entertainment to create a brand new episodic game series titled Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, and they’re bringing it straight to SXSW Gaming for the world’s first-ever Crowd Play of the work-in-progress Episode 1.

Attend SXSW Gaming 2017 and be a part of an interactive experience like none other at the esteemed Paramount Theatre, rooted at the heart of SXSW, on Friday, March 17.

About Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is a brand new story of the universe’s unlikeliest heroes: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot. In the wake of an epic battle, the Guardians discover an artifact of unspeakable power. Each of them has a reason to desire this relic, as does a ruthless enemy who is the last of her kind, and who will stop at nothing to tear it from their hands.

From Earth to the Milano to Knowhere and beyond, and set to the beat of awesome music, you wear the rocket-powered boots of Star-Lord in an original Guardians adventure, where your decisions and actions drive the story you experience.

The overwhelmingly star-studded cast for the new series includes: Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series) as Star-Lord, Emily O’Brien (The Young and the Restless, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor) as Gamora, Nolan North (the Uncharted series, Pretty Little Liars) as Rocket, Brandon Paul Eells (Watch Dogs) as Drax, and Adam Harrington (The Wolf Among Us, League of Legends) as Groot.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series: World’s First Crowd Play
March 17 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Paramount Theater
Access: All Badges (Platinum, Interactive, Film, Music) and Gaming Wristband
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Closing Party


The SXSW Gaming Closing Party featuring EDM artists Alan Walker, Luca Lush, and Feature Cuts, will take place at the Monster Energy Outbreak House (located on 5th and Lavaca) on Saturday, March 18 immediately after the Gaming Awards.

The Closing Party is officially available to three-day and Saturday wristbands, as well as SXSW badgeholders, with doors opening at 10:00pm. Space is limited, so grab a wristband today and add this special event to your schedule! AGES 18+

About Alan Walker

Alan Walker
Photo courtesy of Alan Walker

At the age of 19, Alan Walker is already one of the most streamed artists in the world with just 3 singles. His YouTube channel has racked up a whopping 1.4 billion views, increasing with more than 4 million a day and social media followers have already passed the 20 million mark. Other highlights include being handpicked by Sia to remix “Move Your Body”, selling out shows and playing massive festivals all over the world, supporting Rihanna and having the two biggest international songs in China in 2016! All in one year.

And with his eyes set on 2017, this is the year Alan Walker goes from being a streaming phenomenon to a global heavyweight.

About Luca Lush

Luca Lush
Photo courtesy of Luca Lush

Producer Luca Lush grew up playing self-taught drums in shitty scene bands until he got to college, where he discovered drums don’t fit in dorm rooms. Undeterred, he put down the sticks and began programming beats on his computer. Flash forward to 2017, and Luca Lush is one of the hottest names in electronic music, having toured internationally throughout last year behind a slew of popular remixes, including official releases with Ultra, Monstercat, and Columbia. His music regularly receives heavy support from the blogosphere, with frequent premieres on tastemaker site Run The Trap & Too Future. Now focused on releasing a bushel of original singles and collaborations, be sure to watch for Luca Lush’s energetic live performance coming straight to SXSW Gaming.

About Feature Cuts

Feature Cuts
Photo courtesy of Feature Cuts

Feature Cuts started in the bass music circuit in 2011 segueing from rap and hip-hop production. Discovering his passion for bass music production he began spending the majority of his time learning about sound design and sound engineering. From the start, he has received support from several major artists. From official sound design and drum packs through major distributors, to releases with multiple record labels, he’s been blessed to be able to utilize his talents across the vast musical spectrum. Thankful for every success, including signing with Rottun Recordings early in his career, to recently releasing with Audiophile XXL, Bodhi Collective, 3000 Bass, and Perfect Driver. From then to now he continues to stay focused and hustle. Stay tuned.

About Monster Energy Outbreak House

Since 2011, The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour has given fans early access to Discover What’s Next by aligning our sponsor brands with mega stars on the verge of breaking. They included The Chainsmokers, Kendrick Lamar, Iggy Azalea, Logic, Fetty Wap and Post Malone on their largest national headlining tours at the time. The company produces six national tours a year across six different genres, alongside an annual week-long residency for Super Sponsor Monster Energy at the annual SXSW Monster Energy Outbreak House.

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SXSW Gaming Closing Party Fueled by Monster Energy
March 18 | 10:00pm – 1:00am
Monster Energy Outbreak House
Access: All Badges (Platinum, Interactive, Film, Music) and Gaming Wristband
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Attend SXSW Gaming 2017

Grab your SXSW Gaming wristband for access to industry insider secrets, in-depth conversations on the latest gaming trends, star-studded showcases, and exclusive access to the newest games around! Gaming Wristbands on sale now in limited supplies.

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Schedule of Events

The 2017 SXSW Gaming schedule of events is now live! With dozens of new experiences to enjoy each year, browse our latest lineup and keep up-to-date with the newest additions as we get closer to the main event.

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