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SXSW Gaming Announces Nominees for 2019 Gaming Awards

South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Gaming (March 15-17, 2019) has announced the finalists for its sixth annual SXSW Gaming Awards. The Gaming Awards recognize the greatest titles, teams, and individuals from across the gaming industry. Finalists were curated by a panel of judges who evaluated hundreds of entries into 21 unique categories. Winners will be announced at the SXSW Gaming Awards Ceremony, taking place Saturday, March 16 at 7 p.m. CT at the Hilton Austin Downtown (Grand Ballroom, 6th Floor). This event is open to all holders of SXSW Gaming wristbands or SXSW badges.

“2018 was an incredible year in the gaming industry. Developers large and small took leaps of faith to provide players with experiences unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.”

Andrew McNeill, Gaming Conference Manager at SXSW Gaming

The SXSW Gaming Awards present a unique opportunity to be recognized by thousands of gaming fans and industry professionals during the SXSW Gaming Festival. Having premiered at SXSW 2014, the Gaming Awards have rapidly grown to receive hundreds of applications across all 21 of its unique award categories, which are dedicated to both AAA and indie developers alike.

Winners will be determined by a weighted total between public and advisory board votes. Voting will be available to the public starting today, Monday, February 11 through Sunday, February 17 at midnight via the SXSW Gaming website.

2019 SXSW Gaming Awards Nominees

Excellence in SFX

Awarded to the game with the most outstanding and impactful sound effects.

Excellence in Art

Awarded to the game with the most expressive and creative artistic style.

Excellence in Animation

Awarded to the game with the most outstanding animations.

Excellence in Gameplay

Awarded to the game with the best gameplay mechanics.

Excellence in Technical Achievement

Awarded to the game that pushed the capabilities of technology and programming.

Excellence in Multiplayer

Awarded to the game with the best player-to-player interaction experience.

Excellence in Narrative

Awarded to the game with the best storyline and dialogue.

Excellence in Visual Achievement

Awarded to the game with the most well-designed and stunning visuals.

Excellence in Convergence

Awarded to the game that excels in crossover to other entertainment mediums such as film, music, toys, animation, sports and more.

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award

Awarded to the game that best challenges the “norm” of everyday gaming and offers a culturally innovative view of a game world, character, or gameplay.

Excellence in Musical Score

Awarded to the game that best exemplifies artistic excellence in musical score and how it progresses the narrative of the game.

Excellence in Design

Awarded to the game with the best overall design concept and best execution.

Most Promising New Intellectual Property

Awarded to a new property that risked creating something fresh and that excelled within its genre or category for the year.

Most Evolved Game

Awarded to the game that was enhanced with the best additional content after its original release.

Most Promising New Esports Game

Awarded to the online game that has the best competitive scene, or potential to grow one, and most entertainment value.

Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game

Awarded to the game that was primarily produced via crowdfunding platforms and had excelled beyond the expectations set before it.

Trending Game of the Year

Awarded to the game that consistently entertained and kept us watching on social platforms with its humor, stories, and more.

VR Game of the Year

Awarded to the VR game that exemplifies overall excellence in gameplay and design across any VR platform.

Tabletop Game of the Year

Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and ingenuity of any tabletop game in any genre.

Mobile Game of the Year

Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a unique gaming experience on any handheld device.

Video Game of the Year

Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a distinct gaming experience across all platforms and genres.


The list of winners from the 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards can be found here.

SXSW Gaming offers the best in gaming culture with three days of hands-on play, panels,  tournaments, exhibitions, exclusive networking opportunities, and a one-of-a-kind awards show. SXSW Gaming is one of the South by Southwest® Family of Events. Taking place from March 15 – 17, 2019 in Austin, TX, SXSW Gaming is open to all SXSW registrants and SXSW Gaming wristband holders.

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