Every year SXSW Gaming gets better, with more games, more streams and more things to see. This year at SXSW from March 15-17, attendees were presented three days of video game and tabletop culture with arcade setups, indie booths, panels with gaming personalities, a handful of tournaments, and finally an awards show to wrap up the whole thing.
Amoung many big names and celebrities the stage was filled with many can’t miss talks including Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds mastermind Brendan Greene and former NBA champion, unofficial eSports ambassador, and owner of team Echo Fox, Rick Fox. Other big names in eSports such as Team Liquid owner Steve Arhancet and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive dominator Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert discussed the ins and outs of pro gaming. There were also mentor sessions for people that prefer 1 on 1 discussions with industry experts.
The gaming awards closed off the three day fest, recognizing the greatest titles, teams, and individuals from across the gaming industry. During the awards, via an interactive live stream, viewers were able to team up with their favorite streamers and register their guesses for each category’s winner, which the app kept track over the course of the evening.
This year’s two big winners, sweeping three categories each, were Nintendo best-seller The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and upstart multiplayer phenom PUBG. Zelda won the prestigious trio of Excellence in Gameplay, Excellence in Design, and Video Game of the Year. But PUBG demonstrated its wild popularity by taking home Trending Game of the Year, Esports Game of the Year, and Excellence in Multiplayer.