SXSW Gaming Tournament Stage Will Feature Arena of Valor, Clash Royale and More

Tournament games, the debut of the Discover Stage, and more announced for this year's SXSW Gaming Expo.


SXSW 2018 is nearly upon us and the Gaming Expo during SXSW is finally showing off its attractions. Tournaments are a mainstay for any gaming expo and SXSW Gaming will be introducing a couple mobile powerhouses with Arena of Valor and Clash Royale joining titles that will be announced soon. SXSW's Gaming Expo takes place March 15 - 17 in Austin, TX.

In addition to the tournaments and the show floor, SXSW Gaming will be home to a collection of keynote speakers. The Discovery Stage is the official branding for panel programming and there are two featured speakers for 2018. Frag Dolls founder and The Know co-host Ashley Jenkins and professional gamer Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert will be the featured speakers and the full list of speakers for the Discovery Stage can be found below. Jenkins will be joined by Brendan “PLAYERUNKNOWN” Green of PUBG fame as he discusses his journey from mod to Creative Director. Gilbert will participate in the first-ever DBLTAP Fan Squad experience where he’ll take on fans and attendees in the PC Arena space at SXSW.

SXSW Gaming is open to all SXSW registrants and SXSW Gaming wristband holders. Wristbands for SXSW Gaming are on sale at Three-Day Gaming wristbands are available at $39 for the early-bird rate and for $49 at walk-up. Single-Day Gaming wristbands (available for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) are available at $20 for the early-bird rate and $25 at walk-up.

Discovery Stage Programming

It’s Here! Shroud of the Avatar and What’s Coming Next
With: Richard Garriott (Portalarium), Sarah Dworken (Portalarium)

Exploring Underworld Ascendant with PC Gamer
With: Warren Spector (Otherside Entertainment), Paul Neurath, and Evan Lahti (PC Gamer) (Otherside Entertainment)

Legendary Koji Igarashi Chats Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
With: Koji “Iga” Igarashi (ArtPlay), Evan Narcisse (

Dungeons & Dragons in The Writer’s Room
With: Leah Hoyer (Telltale Games), Jen Muro (Lucasfilm), Chris Prynoski (Titmouse), and Ryan Verniere (Riot Games)

Above The Sky: A New Era of Compassionate Gameplay
Jennie Kong (thatgamecompany), Morgan Wilson (thatgamecompany), Sunni Pavlovic (thatgamecompany), Vincent Diamante (thatgamecompany)

Emerging Visions: Game Studios of Latin America
With: Lilia Davis (La Revista Mujer), Jorge Morales (Larva Game Studios), Ana Ribeiro (ARVORE Immersive), Eivar Rojas Castro (Efecto Studios), and Martina Santoro (OKAM Studio)

Nerdcore: Let’s Make Some Music
With: Russell McKamey (Rockit Gaming), Vincent Newsom (Rockit Gaming), and Mega Ran (Mega Ran)

Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Panel
With: Jasmin Hernandez (SEGA), Tyson Hesse (SEGA), Austin Keys (SEGA), Takashi Iizuka (SEGA), and Aaron Webber (SEGA)

AR Gaming: What’s Now, What’s Next
With: Christine Barron (Mira), John Keefe (SwapBots), Jeremy Kinsky (MERGE), and Matt Stern (Mira)

Bringing Internet Culture to Linear Television
With: Corrado Carretto (Attack Media), Alex Corea (Attack Media), Coral Frederick (Attack Media), Yaniv Fituci (Attack Media), and Kevin Pereira (Attack Media)

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