Gaming Awards

SXSW Gaming recognizes the best games, teams, and creative individuals found throughout the industry every year with a unique array of awards programs. Learn more about the Gaming Awards, Gamer’s Voice Awards, Gaming Pitch Competition, and Cosplay Contest below.

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Gaming Awards

The SXSW Gaming Awards present a unique opportunity to be recognized by thousands of gaming fans and industry pros during the SXSW Gaming Festival. Having premiered at SXSW 2014, the Gaming Awards have rapidly grown to receive thousands of applications across all 25 of its unique awards categories, which are dedicated to both AAA and indie gaming.

Gamer’s Voice Awards

The Gamer’s Voice Award began in 2013 as a way to bring the best in indie game development to the world’s stage at SXSW. Now in its sixth year, the Gamer’s Voice Award has grown to become one of the largest, and most impactful, experiences for hundreds of indie developers and teams throughout the gaming industry. With past successes including titles such as SUPERHOT, Gang Beasts, Tiny Bubbles, Sol: Last Days of a Star, and Owlboy, this key part of the SXSW Gaming festival has become a great opportunity to facilitate growth in both budding and completed indie projects.

Gaming Pitch Competition

The SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition offers gaming fans and professionals a unique chance to get a glimpse of the games that will soon take the industry by storm.

Cosplay Contest

One of the most popular events at SXSW Gaming every year, the Cosplay Contest showcases the unique creative talents of the cosplay community.

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Entry & Judging Process


Gaming Awards

The Gaming Awards were open for all entries from Monday, June 25 – Friday, December 7. All entries must have been completed titles that had been released during the 2018 calendar year. Any other entries were not taken into consideration.

Judging was a two-step process once all entries were received. First, there was a private judging process for all entered titles in which the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board and staff selected the top five choices in each award category. Once the final nominees were chosen for each category, the general public was invited, along with the advisory board and staff, to cast their final votes to determine the winner of each award. All winners will be revealed during the Gaming Awards ceremony at SXSW Gaming 2019.

Gamer’s Voice

The Gamer’s Voice Awards were open for all entries from Monday, June 25 – Friday, December 7. The Gamer’s Voice Awards are unique from the primary Gaming Awards categories as only indie developers and teams with titles released (or slated to be released) in either the 2018 or 2019 calendar years can qualify for consideration.

Nominees for the Gamer’s Voice Awards, as selected exclusively by the SXSW Gaming staff who play every entry, received an exclusive space in the Indie Corner 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 each award, which will be announced during the Gaming Awards ceremony at SXSW Gaming 2019.

Gaming Pitch Competition

The Gaming Pitch Competition application period was open for all entries from Monday, June 25 – Friday, December 7. Applicants were encouraged to enter games at any stage of development (from ideation to completed products) for consideration. Qualifying games must not have been expected to be released prior to January 1, 2019 and could not have sourced more than $5 million in total combined funding.

Cosplay Contest

Those interested in participating must already be attending SXSW Gaming and have a SXSW Gaming wristband. Participants can register onsite at the Cosplay Booth in the Gaming Expo all weekend long and must be approved through pre-judging to be entered into the Cosplay Contest. Registrations are restricted to those ages 18 and up. Pre-judging and registrations will be accepted until 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 17th.

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