March 10-19, 2017 Dates & Deadlines

Gaming Awards

The SXSW Gaming Awards recognizes the greatest titles, teams, and individuals from across the gaming industry. Since its premiere in 2014, the show has exploded in attendance to become a must-see stop for thousands of attendees during the SXSW Conference and Festivals.


2016 SXSW Gaming Awards. Photo by Lisa Hause.

2016 SXSW Gaming Awards. Photo by Lisa Hause.

About

 

In addition to highlighting the best that the gaming industry has to offer, the SXSW Gaming Awards also provide great entertainment with a star-studded lineup of hosts and performances. Previous hosts and guests include Jacksepticeye, Rachel Quirico, Markiplier, Starbomb, Cirque du Soleil, and many more.

Whether you’re in the industry or a fan who loves games as much as we do, we invite you to take a look at how you can be a part of the magic at the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards.

Contact Us

For more information on our SXSW Gaming Awards, reach out to gamingawards@sxsw.com.

For all press requests, please contact press@sxsw.com.

For all general SXSW Gaming inquiries, please contact us at gaming@sxsw.com.


Hotel Information

If you are selected as a Gaming Awards finalist, you have access to a limited number of rooms being protected for finalists through SXSW Housing & Travel. Rooms are limited to one per registrant and will sell out fast, so be sure to make your hotel reservation as soon as you are registered. Requests can be completed in your Shopping Cart or SXsocial account. In the meantime, check out SXSW Housing & Travel for more information about our hotels, pricing, reservation policies, and travel information.

Participate

Enter the SXSW Gaming Awards

The SXSW Gaming Awards highlight the best that the gaming industry has to offer in a variety of categories that cover AAA to indie game development, tabletop gaming, esports, online influencers, and more.

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Enter for Gamer’s Voice

The Gamer’s Voice award recognizes the best in indie game development, and is available exclusively to indie game titles and teams. Nominated Gamer’s Voice titles will be given the opportunity to showcase on the Gaming Expo floor free of charge.

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Entry & Judging Process

 

Gaming Awards

Judging begins in a two-step process once all entries have been received. First, there is a private judging process for all entered titles in which the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board and staff select the top five choices in each award category. The advisory board for SXSW Gaming is comprised of over 40 industry experts who are well-versed in everything gaming and geek culture. Once the final nominees have been chosen for each category, we invite the general public, along with the advisory board and staff, to cast their final votes to determine the winner of each award.

The entry period for the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards is open from June 28 – December 2, 2016.

Gamer’s Voice

The Gamer’s Voice category shares the same entry and selection periods as all the other categories, but it is unique in that it is purely focused on indie developers and teams with titles released in the 2016 or 2017 calendar years.

The nominees for the Gamer’s Voice award, as selected exclusively by the SXSW Gaming Staff that play every entry, will receive an exclusive space on the SXSW Gaming Expo floor to exhibit their nominated title. From there, Gaming Expo attendees will have the chance to play each nominated title and vote to determine the winner of the award, which will be announced during the SXSW Gaming Awards ceremony at SXSW 2017.

2016 Gaming Award Winners & Finalists

 

Video Game of the Year

Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a distinct gaming experience across all platforms and genres.

Tabletop Game of the Year

Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and ingenuity of any tabletop game in any genre.

Mobile Game of the Year

Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a unique gaming experience on any handheld device.

Excellence in Gameplay

Awarded to the game with the best gameplay mechanics.

Excellence in Art

Awarded to the game with the most expressive and creative artistic style.

Excellence in Animation

Awarded to the game with the most outstanding animation effects and graphics.

Excellence in Technical Achievement

Awarded to the game that pushed the capabilities of technology and programming.

Excellence in Visual Achievement

Awarded to the game with the most well-designed and stunning visuals.

Excellence in Narrative

Awarded to the game with the best storyline and dialogue.

Excellence in Design

Awarded to the game with the best overall design concept and best execution.

Excellence in SFX

Awarded to the game with the most outstanding and impactful sound effects.

Excellence in Musical Score

Awarded to the game that best exemplifies artistic excellence in musical score and how it progresses the narrative of the game.

Excellence in Multiplayer

Awarded to the game with the best player-to- player interaction experience.

Excellence in Convergence

Awarded to the game that excels in crossover to other entertainment mediums such as film, music, toys, animation, sports and more.

Most Enduring Character

Awarded to the best game character that left an overwhelming impression.

  • Geralt – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Hannah Smith – Her Story
  • Joker – Batman: Arkham Knight
  • WINNER – Lara Croft – Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Ori – Ori & the Blind Forest

Most Valuable Esport Team

Awarded to the professional team that excels in performance and provides the most valuable impact in its competitive scene.

Most Entertaining Online Personality

Awarded to the online gaming-related personality that consistently entertains and keeps us watching with its humor, stories, special effects, and more.

Most Fulfilling Crowdfunded Game

Awarded to the game that was primarily produced via crowdfunding platforms and had excelled beyond the expectations set before it.

Most Promising New Intellectual Property

Awarded to a new property that risked creating something fresh and that excelled within its genre or category for the year.

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award

Awarded to the game that best challenges the “norm” of everyday gaming and offers a culturally innovative view of a game world, character, or gameplay.

Gamer’s Voice Award

Awarded to the best game created by indie developers, selected by SXSW Gaming Expo attendees.

Gamer’s Voice Multiplayer

Awarded to the best game created by indie developers, with the winner selected by SXSW Gaming Expo attendees.

Gamer’s Voice Single Player

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