August 18, 2008

ScreenBurn at SXSW Invites Hopeful Designers to Enter Game Design Competition

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Brand new for 2009 is the ScreenBurn at SXSW Game Design Competition ( which provides a venue for emerging designers to pitch their concept to a jury of established professionals. Participants in this event are challenged to excite the imagination with a description of the game they want to build. These proposals are entirely conceptual -- but tight organization is a must as these entries cannot exceed 200 words in length.

The entry process runs from Monday, August 18 through Friday, December 5. Semi-finalists for the ScreenBurn at SXSW Game Design Competition will be announced in mid January. These semi-finalists will then construct a three-minute slideshow presentation that graphically illustrates their concept. Finalists will be chosen to present at the event after the jury reviews these slideshow presentations. There is no fee to enter the Game Design Competition, however, each person may only submit two proposals.

"ScreenBurn at SXSW has enjoyed tremendous success since launching in 2006," says SXSWi festival director Hugh Forrest. "This success reflects the growth of the video game industry, particularly amongst more mainstream audiences. By providing another avenue to bring in up-and-coming developers, we think that the Game Design Competition will help generate even more buzz for ScreenBurn at SXSW."

About ScreenBurn at SXSW Interactive 2009

ScreenBurn at SXSW is the video game component of SXSW Interactive. This event enables consumers and developers to preview the future of the video game industry, hear about soon-to-be-released titles, learn fascinating insights from thought-provoking experts, plus meet up-and-coming new talent whose innovations are powering the next generation of play. The ScreenBurn Arcade is free and open to the public March 13-15, 2009. For more information, visit:

About the SXSW Interactive Festival

The SXSW Interactive Festival (March 13-17, 2009) features five days of exciting panel content and amazing parties. Attracting digital creatives as well as visionary technology entrepreneurs, the event celebrates the best minds and the brightest personalities of emerging technology. Whether you are a hard-core geek, a dedicated content creator, a new media entrepreneur, a gamer, or just someone who likes being around an extremely creative community, SXSW Interactive is for you! For more information, visit:

Contact: Lindsay Muse 512.467.7979 x. 270, lindsay at sxsw dot com


CONTACT: Lindsay Muse of SXSW, +1-512-467-7979, ext. 270,lindsay at sxsw dot com

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