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Brian David Gilbert is bringing Unraveled to Vox Media’s The Deep End at SXSW

Also, come play some games with us in the Polygon Arcade

Update (March 10): Polygon, The Polygon Arcade, and Brian David Gilbert are no longer headed to Austin for SXSW 2020. Due to ongoing concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus, Vox Media’s The Deep End and SXSW itself have been canceled. We’ll be sure to let you know if and when Brian’s special live event will come back around.

Here is Vox Media’s official statement:

You’ve likely seen that the City of Austin issued a local disaster declaration which effectively cancels SXSW. This means that we are no longer able to move forward with Vox Media’s The Deep End. We are deeply disappointed as we love participating in SXSW and have been proud partners with the festival for the past three years. We fully understand and respect the City of Austin’s decision in light of the COVID-19 outbreak and look forward to attending and partnering with SXSW in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you next year in Austin.

Original story: For the third year in a row, Polygon is headed to SXSW! Join us from March 13-15 for a weekend of live podcasts, unscripted conversations, musical guests, Eater-curated food and drinks, and some multiplayer party games in the Polygon Arcade.

Join video producer Brian David Gilbert at The Belmont in downtown Austin, Texas, for a special live event. Brian will be premiering a sneak peek of an unseen episode of Unraveled, and diving into how he researches and creates each new video.

In addition to Brian’s session, all weekend long we’ll have classic arcade cabinets as well as various party games to play in the Polygon Arcade. The arcade is our dedicated space within The Belmont, and part of Vox Media’s The Deep End activation at SXSW. The arcade will feature:

Party games

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Nidhogg 2
  • Gang Beasts

Classic arcade games

  • Robotron
  • Donkey Kong
  • Double Dragon
  • Pac-Man
  • and more to come ...

While you’re at The Deep End, be sure to check out all of the great programming from our family at Vox Media. To RSVP for Brian’s session, the Polygon Arcade, and to learn more about everything going on, check out The Deep End’s event site.

Free event

Vox Media’s The Deep End is a free event and does not require a SXSW badge. To attend Brian’s Unraveled session or hang out in the Polygon Arcade, just RSVP on The Deep End’s event site.


The Belmont (305 W. 6th St., Austin, TX 78701)

When: Polygon Arcade

The arcade will run all weekend long from March 13-15, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT.

When: Brian’s Unraveled session

The time for Brian’s session will be announced in the coming weeks. RSVP now to be the first to know. Space is limited, so please arrive early to secure a seat.

The Deep End’s sponsors

Both the Polygon Arcade and Brian’s live session are made possible by these event sponsors: Aloft Hotels, Mailchimp, Doha Debates, Seedlip, and Dashlane.

Highlights from The Deep End 2019