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Gaming Expo

The SXSW Gaming Expo showcases gaming culture in a unique atmosphere of exploration. Featuring interactive exhibits from game developers and manufacturers and highlights like the Discovery Stage and Tabletop Experience, the Gaming Expo offers a deep dive into the latest in gaming.

Photo by Jon Currie

Photo by Jon Currie



The Gaming Expo brings a one-of-a-kind gaming event right to the heart of SXSW.

The focus on hands-on experiences and interactivity gives attendees the chance to discover the latest titles, play alongside old friends and compete with new rivals, expand their social and professional networks, and find inspiration and insight in a wide range of special events.

Expo Features

Discovery Stage

The Discovery Stage Presented by Gamemaster is home to the latest reveals, exciting new ideas, and fan-favorite personalities in gaming! With an established pedigree of insightful talks from gaming gurus and cultural figures, this is where you'll find a deeper exploration of gaming phenomena.

Antstream Arcade Bunker

The arcade is the very foundation of gaming history and culture, and the Gaming Expo brings it to you every year with its very own arcade area. With dozens of the finest classic arcade cabinets, and several newly-fitted rigs featuring the latest games, the Antstream Arcade Bunker brings the rich gaming history of the arcade back to life for thousands of gamers to enjoy.

Gamer's Voice Award

The Gamer’s Voice Award Presented by JBL QUANTUM began in 2013 as a way to bring the best in indie game development to the world’s stage at SXSW. Now in its seventh year, the Gamer’s Voice Award has grown to become a massively impactful experience for indie developers and teams throughout the gaming industry. With past successes including titles such as Astroneer, SUPERHOT, Gang Beasts, and Owlboy, this award has become a great opportunity to facilitate growth in both budding and completed indie projects. Gaming Expo attendees discover the nominees in our Indie Corner, then select the winner by voting for their favorite title.

HyperX Esports Lounge Powered by Shacknews

The HyperX Esports Lounge Powered by Shacknews offers over 100 gaming stations for attendees to come in and casually play a wide variety of games. In addition, hourly tournaments with live commentary will allow anyone to feel like they’re competing with the pros. Head on over for casual gaming fun, or participate in tournaments to win prizes!

Tabletop Experience

Whether you're a tabletop fanatic or just looking to explore the magic of board and card games, the Tabletop Experience at the SXSW Gaming Expo will satisfy your need to conquer the board. Here you'll find the latest arrivals and cherished classics in our game library — plus regular competitions and tournaments for all comers.

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