It is here once again, SXSW. This will be my fourth year covering its Gaming Expo for Topper Radio and the third year I have done so in an official press capacity. Each year, more and more content is added to the mix: from panels and tournaments to meet-ups and award shows. This year is no different.
The Opening Party for SXSW Gaming kicked off the event. Two prime highlights of the party were the cosplay contest and a music performance by Powerglove. As a whole, this party seems to be a great way to start off the Gaming Expo and I know that I had a lot of fun there meeting people and listening to good music.
Besides all the panels that are normally held, this year was the first year that the expo scheduled Meet Up events that do what’s in the title. These have been great networking and information driven events. In past years, I have gone to events that were part of the Interactive track of SXSW, like the Podcasters Meet Up. At that event, I met a lot of people that had very interesting shows and shared tips on how I could better improve the quality of my own broadcasts.
The last two events of the expo as a whole SXSW Gaming Awards and the SXSW Closing party will run one after another this Saturday as an epic end to three days focused on gaming. In regards to the award show, there are 23 unique categories with 100 nominees in total, hosted by Xavier Woods and Sonja “OMGitsfirefoxx” Reid. The Closing party that starts right after was put on by Monster Energy, which has lined up musical performances from Alan Walker, Luca Lush, and Feature Cuts.
Well, that’s my broad overview of some of the key events to look forward to during SXSW Gaming this year. There will be more events to come after this week so stay tuned to Topper Radio.
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