Gaming Expo

March 16–18. Drawing in developers, manufacturers, and fans from all facets of the community, the Gaming Expo is the epicenter of gaming culture at SXSW. Here is where you’ll find the Geek Stage, Esports Tournament Stage, Indie Corner, Tabletop Experience, Free Play PC Arena, and much more.

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2016 Gaming Expo Tournament Stage. Photo courtesy of Twitch.

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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 conferences, SXSW Gaming is positioned at the nexus of the converging music, film, and interactive festivals that are found exclusively at SXSW. With the SXSW Gaming Awards, daytime sessions, a free and open to the public expo, rocking parties and exceptional demos, no event bridges the gap between industry insiders and the general public quite like SXSW Gaming.

2017 SXSW Gaming takes place in the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas from Thursday, March 16 – Saturday, March 18.

Geek Stage

The SXSW Geek Stage exemplifies the heart and soul of the SXSW Gaming experience. Covering all aspects of geek culture, the stage features content from the world of video games, comics, board games, animation, toys and more.

Esports Tournament Stage

The Esports Tournament Stage features the latest trending esports titles and their greatest competitors each year at SXSW. Whether you’re new to the scene or a fan of seeing the highest-level competitive play in your favorite games, 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, with our 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.

Free Play PC Arena

Home to SXSW’s greatest lineup of PCs, laptops, and other gaming devices, this arena pits attendees against each other in the greatest games across a variety of activities and events. This LAN event features several daily tournaments as well as general free play fun.

Free Play Arcade Bunker

Joysticks and gamepads make a comeback each year at the Free Play Arcade Bunker. This area is dedicated to reliving those classic games you remember from years ago, while also showcasing some of your favorite recent games that have been redesigned for new arcade cabinets.

Gamer’s Voice Stage

The Gamer’s Voice Stage serves as a platform for the indie teams and developers that are found in the Indie Corner to pitch their games to SXSW Gaming Expo attendees in a more intimate setting.

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