SXSW Gaming Announces Dates and Headliners

The festival hype train leaves the station

South by Southwest lingers far off in the distance, but the hype builds regardless. Case in point: SXSW Gaming just announced its 2018 dates and details. If you are already on board, the event takes place March 15-17 at the Austin Convention Center, and wristbands are on sale now at

The video game arm of the ever-growing juggernaut of a festival is broken down into three parts: Gaming Expo, Gaming Awards, and gaming sessions. The expo invites fans to get hands-on experience with the latest titles and technology, as well as watch the top eSports players go head-to-head. The awards celebrate the best interactive art of the year and offers attendees the chance to network to their heart’s content with other gamers and industry professionals.

Some significant names are coming to SXSW Gaming this year with Nate Nanzer (commissioner of Overwatch League), Christina Alejandre (GM of ELEAGUE and VP of eSports for Turner Sports), Brendan Donohue (managing director of NBA 2K League), and Pete Vlastelica (president and CEO of Major League Gaming). These industry titans will be the centerpieces of the gaming sessions, which act as conversations between fans, developers, personalities, and the like. They also allow fans and creators to see how some of their favorite games are made and get an insider’s view into gaming culture.

If you are now on board, there is the option of buying single-day or three-day passes. The three-day pass is $39 if bought early and $49 at the door. Each single-day pass is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. SXSW Gaming is also open to anyone who purchased Austin’s golden ticket, aka a SXSW badge.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

Gaming Takes Center Stage at SXSW with Reggie Fils-Aimé, Ninja
Gaming Takes Center Stage at SXSW with Reggie Fils-Aimé, Ninja
New round of speakers includes Jordan Peele's favorite composer

Richard Whittaker, Dec. 7, 2021

SXSW Gaming: Noclip Says Love Your Developers
SXSW Gaming: Noclip Says Love Your Developers
Danny O’Dwyer wants you to understand who is making your games

Tucker Whatley, March 16, 2019

More by Bailey Shelden
What's a Rooster Teeth? The Beginner's Guide to RTX
The Beginner's Guide to RTX
A veteran explains this week's convention for noobs

Aug. 2, 2018

ACL Festival Transportation Guide
ACL Fest Transpo Guide
Minimize the hassle of getting to and from the fest

Oct. 3, 2017


SXSW 2018, SXSW Gaming, Phil Spencer, Nate Nanzer, Pete Vlastelica, Andrew WIlson

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle