“As recently as Wednesday, Austin Public Health stated that ‘there’s no evidence that closing SXSW or any other gatherings will make the community safer.’ However, this situation evolved rapidly, and we honor and respect the City of Austin’s decision. We are committed to do our part to help protect our staff, attendees, and fellow Austinites.”
The Gaming Expo at this year’s SXSW was set to feature classic arcade standups and esports events, tabletop games, screenings of Insert Coin and Console Wars, the annual cosplay contest, and panels on the future of Minecraft, Sonic the Hedgehog, and “How to Be a Game Maker,” among others. Registered exhibitors and games included Amid Evil, Bandai Namco, Extra Life, and the IGDA.
Organizers are now looking into rescheduling the event and putting together “a virtual SXSW online experience” as soon as possible, beginning with SXSW EDU, a conference focused on innovation in education. An FAQ for registrants, clients, and participants is also in the works.