The gaming side of SXSW has announced several
additions to the Austin, Texas, event, including esports tournaments and featured
Noted speakers this year will be Jordan “n0thing”
Gilbert, professional gamer for 10 years and inactive player on Cloud9, and Ashley
Jenkins, co-founder of Rooster Teeth’s The
Know video news series. Gilbert, who will discuss his career, will be
interviewed by Duncan McMonagle, general manager of Dbltap. Jenkins will join
with Brendan ‘Playerunknown’ Greene in a featured session titled PLAYERUNKNOWN:
From Mod Creator to Creative Director.
Arena of Valor and Clash Royale, both
mobile titles, will make their esports debuts at the SXSW Gaming Tournament Stage.
Arena of Valor is a 5-on-5 MOBA, and Clash Royale is a real-time multiplayer strategy game.
Other programs include:
with Richard Garriott, Koji Igarashi, and Warren
from the Sonic the Hedgehog team
speaker Nate Nanzer, commissioner of the Overwatch
SXSW Gaming is from noon to 8 p.m. March 15 and 16, and from noon to 7 p.m. March 17 at the Austin Convention Center. For more information about SXSW Gaming, including ticket sales and registration, go here.