SXSW Gaming Sessions

2015 Gaming Session with Robert Kirkman. Photo by Miklos Lorant

Gaming has a heavy influence in almost everything, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the programming that you’ll find at SXSW Gaming. These sessions—including panels, solo talks and dual presentations—focus on the core industry-related issues in professional game development and gaming culture. This free and open to the public content runs the gamut of gaming topics during all three days of SXSW Gaming.

The majority of SXSW Gaming sessions come from proposals entered through the PanelPicker® process. Community voting on the sessions you want to see at the 2016 event begin August 10 – September 4.

The PanelPicker is a unique interface that allows the gaming community to propose ideas for sessions they want to see at SXSW Gaming 2016. These ideas are voted on by the public and also evaluated by the SXSW Advisory Board and SXSW staff. The first batch of confirmed programming that will come through the PanelPicker will be announced on October 19. For more on the PanelPicker, check out our FAQ.

For 2016, Gaming sessions and events will take place in the heart of SXSW activities at the Austin Convention Center. In terms of timeframe, these Gaming sessions also move to later during SXSWeek® (March 17-19), thereby strongly emphasizing the strong crossover between the gaming, film and music communities. This programming occurs at the same time as the SXSW Gaming Expo, which also moves to the Austin Convention Center.

Thursday, March 17 through Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St) in downtown Austin, TX.

Free and Open to the Public

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2015 SXSW Gaming Sessions

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