Gaming Awards

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

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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 24 of its unique awards categories, which are dedicated to both AAA and indie gaming. Applications are now open for the SXSW Gaming Awards and the Gamer’s Voice Awards.

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 SX Gaming Awards hosts and guests include Alanah Pearce, Xavier Woods, OMGitsfirefoxx, Jacksepticeye, Markiplier, Starbomb, and many more.

The SXSW Gaming Festival is March 15-17, 2019 in Austin, TX. Stay tuned to for 2019 announcements, registration information, and more. SXSW Gaming is open for attendance to all ages, with complimentary access given to all SXSW badgeholders.

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Entry & Judging Process


Gaming Awards

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

Judging is a two-step process once all entries have been received. First, there will be 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. Once the final nominees are chosen for each category, the general public is 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.

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Gamer’s Voice

The Gamer’s Voice Awards are 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 will qualify for consideration.

Nominees for the Gamer’s Voice Awards, as selected exclusively by the SXSW Gaming staff who play every entry, will receive 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.

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