SXSW Gaming offers a premier lineup of industry-leading programming providing a unique experience that feels unlike any other gaming conference. SXSW Gaming is the perfect place to interact with other gaming professionals and fans alike, and there is sure to be a great takeaway for everyone involved, from the casual gamer to the AAA studio CEO.


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About Gaming Sessions


SXSW is well-known for its cutting-edge discussions and insightful programming across all disciplines at the Conference and Festival. On a trip to SXSW you will hear previously unknown bands, can catch the midnight release of a blockbuster film, and can listen to technology experts discussing their views of the future, and this same innovative spirit dwells within SXSW Gaming. The same thought-provoking conversations are found within the SXSW Gaming Programming lineup and Geek Stage, and covers every aspect of the gaming and the geek culture world.

Dozens of thought-leaders, developers, personalities, and influencers who span across major and indie game studios, tabletop gaming, esports, online personalities, streamers, and many more fields convene in Austin each March. These influencers come from all around the globe to attend SXSW Gaming, and to discuss the multitudes of emerging trends and breakthroughs in the gaming industry, but also to enjoy and share the creativity which games are built upon.

Whether you’re a loyal fan or industry insider, the SXSW Gaming programming lineup is sure to pique your interest. SXSW Gaming has something to offer all of its attendees; whether you’re looking for the valuable content for which SXSW is known, aiming to network and disseminate your ideas, or simply seeing everything that’s buzzing in the Gaming world, the SXSW Gaming Conference is the place for you!


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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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Sessions Lineup


Thursday, March 16

How Music is Created and Placed in Games
Thursday, March 16 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Speakers: Jonathan McHugh (J2 Films) and Maya Halfon (Microsoft)

Esports Betting and Integrity
Thursday, March 16 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Speakers: Rahul Sood (Unikrn), Carolyn “artStar” Noquez (Team Dignitas), Eben Novy-Williams (Bloomberg Sports), and Moritz Maurer (Genius Sports Group)

Change or Die: The Risks of Trying Something New
Thursday, March 16 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Speakers: Chris Morris (CNBC/Fortune/Money) and Patrick Plourde (Ubisoft)

From Mass Adoption to Mass Adaptation
Thursday, March 16 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Speaker: Alexis Fritzsche (Google)

Level Up Your Esports Partnerships
Thursday, March 16 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Speakers: Andy Dinh (Team Solomid), Brent Barry (Logitech), Kristen Salvatore (Twitch), and Tyrone Wang (iBUYPOWER)

Friday, March 17

Video Games For People Who Don’t Like Video Games
Friday, March 17 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Speakers: Brie Code (Tru Luv Media), Sagan Yee (Hand Eye Society), Eve Thomas (Tru Luv Media), and Sheri Graner Ray (Zombie Cat Studios)

Surviving as an Independent AAA Game Studio
Friday, March 17 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Speakers: MJ Johns (Astire Games), Jeremy Dunham (Psyonix), Ryan Schneider (Insomniac Games), and Thomas Puha (Remedy Games)

Is Video Game Early Access Too Early?
Friday, March 17 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Speaker: Starr Long (Portalarium)

Tabletop Game Design: The Impact of Materials
Friday, March 17 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Speakers: Jonathan Ritter-Roderick (Lay Waste Games) and Keith Baker (Twogether Studios)

For Games to Evolve They Need to Get Political
Friday, March 17 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Speakers: Austin Walker (VICE Media), Pawel Miechowski (11 Bit Studios), Robert Kurvitz (ZA/UM), and Maria Reinup (ZA/UM)

Saturday, March 18

Storytelling in Games and Animation
Saturday, March 18 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Speakers: Chris Prynoski (Titmouse) and George Krstic (Blizzard Entertainment)

(Re)Exploring Gaming for VR
Saturday, March 18 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Speakers: Maria Essig (Google VR), Josh Larson (Numinous Games), Samantha Gorman (Tender Claws), and Vassiliki Khonsari (iNK Stories)

The Attack: Community is King
Saturday, March 18 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Speakers: Alex Corea (Attack Media), Jake Strouckel (Attack Media), Kevin Pereira (Attack Media), and Yaniv Fituci (Attack Media)

Don’t Die: Suicide Prevention and Video Games
Saturday, March 18 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Speakers: Chris Maxwell (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline), David Wolinsky (Don’t Die), Dese’rae Stage (Live Through This), and Beau Pinkham (The Crisis Center of Johnson County)

The Man is Dead: Rise of the Indie Developers
Saturday, March 18 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Speaker: Raghav Mathur (Black Shell Media)

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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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