SXSW Gaming Staff and the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board will review all entries in regards to the preferred categories selected and will consider the overall criteria such as the following: Quality, Design, Fun, Technical Achievement, Creativity, Innovation, etc.
Judging occurs in a two-step process once all entries have been received. First, there is a private judging process for all entered titles in which the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board and staff select the top five choices in each award category. The advisory board for SXSW Gaming is comprised of over 40 industry experts who are well-versed in everything gaming and geek culture. Once the final nominees have been chosen for each category, we invite the general public to cast their vote via an online voting poll through a selected media partner. The winner for each award is determined during this final round by votes from the public in conjunction with the advisory board and staff voting.
The winners of each category will be announced at the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards show on the evening of Saturday, March 18, 2017.