Gaming Expo

March 15–17. Drawing in developers, manufacturers, and fans from all facets of the gaming community, the Gaming Expo is the epicenter of gaming culture at SXSW. Here is where you’ll find the Esports Tournament Stage, Indie Corner, Tabletop Experience, PC Arena, Arcade Bunker, and much more.

Gaming Expo

SXSW Gaming 2017 - Photo by Michael Caufield



SXSW Gaming brings together the gaming industry into one chaotically fun experience that only the legendary SXSW can provide. It’s a unique combination of all things geek, nerd, and gaming that takes place in an environment where creativity thrives.

Unlike similar gaming conventions and festivals, SXSW Gaming is positioned at the nexus of the converging Interactive, Film, and Music Festivals that are found exclusively at SXSW. With the SXSW Gaming Awards, daytime sessions, a bustling gaming expo, rocking parties and exceptional demos, no event bridges the gap between industry insiders and fans quite like SXSW Gaming.

Take a look at the Gaming Expo floor map.

Esports Tournament Stage

The Esports Tournament Stage is home to the best esports competitions at SXSW Gaming. Whether you’re new to the scene or a fan of seeing the highest-level competitive play, this stage will keep you entertained with the best non-stop action.

Tabletop Experience

Whether you’re a tabletop fanatic or just looking for a new game, the Tabletop Experience will satisfy your need to conquer the board. Here you’ll find the latest arrivals, as well as long-time classics, within an exclusive library of over a hundred unique games.

Indie Corner

The greatest indie games from around the world are featured each year in the Indie Corner to compete for the SXSW Gamer’s Voice award. This crowd-voted award is dedicated to indie developers and teams, and is part of the SXSW Gaming Awards.

PC Arena

The PC Arena hosts hundreds of cutting-edge computers and laptops for SXSW Gaming Expo attendees to enjoy a wide-array activities on. With daily tournaments, tons of prizes, and a welcoming environment for both new and veteran gamers, the PC Arena offers endless hours of great PC gaming entertainment.

Arcade Bunker

The Gaming Expo features its very own arcade each year in the Arcade Bunker. With dozens of the finest classic arcade cabinets, and several newly-fitted rigs featuring the latest games, this unique area brings the rich gaming history of the arcade back to life for thousands of gamers to enjoy.

Discovery Stage

Formerly known as the Geek Stage, the Discovery Stage features the best fan-centric programming that involves special appearances, game reveals, and many more fun events hosted throughout the weekend!

Pitch Competition

The Pitch Competition connects gaming industry veterans directly with independent game developers in a private atmosphere to help build great pitches for new projects.

Gaming Expo 2017 Photos

A SXSW attendee attends the Gaming Expo in Cosplay attire
A closeup of a vendor
A person dressed up as a Star Wars character attends the SXSW Gaming Expo
Two SXSW Gaming Expo attendees try out a game at the Student Showcase
SXSW Gaming Expo attendees having fun at the Tabletop Experience
Left to right: Thomas Tischio, Thomas Tischio, Merrick Ales, Thomas Tischio, Nicky Lockman, Nicole Burton

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