Game Developers Conference
March 20 - March 24
What is the Game Developers Conference?
GDC is the game industry’s premier professional event, championing game developers and the advancement of their craft.
The Game Developers Conference (GDC) brings the game development community together to exchange ideas, solve problems, and shape the future of the industry across five days of education, inspiration, and networking. Attendees include programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, and business leaders. Some key features of GDC include:
- The market-defining conference has a comprehensive selection of lectures, panels, and roundtable discussions.
- The GDC Expo showcases the latest game development tools and services from leading technology companies such as Amazon, Epic, Google, Intel, Nvidia, Oculus, and Sony.
- Dedicated community spaces where GDC attendees can take a break from all of the learning to relax and meet new people in themed areas for playable indie games, retro games, alternative controllers, and more.
GDC hosts two awards ceremonies recognizing the creativity, artistry, and technical genius of the finest developers and games:
- The Game Developers Choice Awards is the leading peer-based video game awards show celebrating the industry’s top games and developers.
- The Independent Games Festival honors the most innovative and exemplary projects in indie game development.
GDC also hosts semi-annual installments of the GDC Masterclass program, which is comprised of day-long or multi-day, small-group virtual workshops that deliver in-depth, hands-on training around some of the most important challenges facing game developers today.
History of GDC
The Game Developers Conference began as an informal gathering of 25 developers in the living room of game designer Chris Crawford. Initially focused on computer games, GDC has grown and diversified along with the game industry to include a variety of platforms including consoles, mobile and handheld devices, tablets, online, and computer games and is expanding into the emerging VR and AR space for games and entertainment. In 2016, GDC commemorated the 30th edition of the conference. Year after year, GDC continues to define market innovations and provide insight into the future of games.
Attendees of the first GDC – April 1988
GDC Advisory Board
The GDC Advisory Board is made up of seasoned game and VR/AR industry professionals that volunteer their time every year to help construct the GDC conference program and sessions. Advisors work to ensure that GDC content is compelling, relevant, and timely and their dedication is critical to the success of the conference. Read about the extraordinary members of the GDC Advisory Board.
Why should you attend GDC?
GDC is a week-long celebration of the art, craft, and business of game development and represents a unique opportunity for developers to get up to speed on advances in the field.
- Connect with game dev friends (and reconnect with old ones!)
- Learn how other game developers make great games
- Gain insight into running a successful game dev business
- Build your game dev career
- Celebrate the accomplishments of your peers
- Get inspired!
Who should attend GDC?
Refining interactivity, implementing narrative, and shaping player experiences are just a few of the areas covered by GDC’s game design offerings. Learn practical ways to build systems and mechanics that turn your concepts into actual gameplay.
Find out how fellow game programmers solved some of their most difficult – and most fascinating – problems. From AI and math to in-depth technical talks, GDC is where expert game programmers share their invaluable knowledge, directly with you.
Business and Marketing Professionals
The video game market is as tough as ever to navigate, and we’re here to help you find your audience, and find success. Come to GDC and take home practical ways to find your audience, nurture your business, and forge new partnerships so you can meet market challenges head-on.
Producers and Team/Studio Managers
Whether a project is big or small, solid production practices are essential in order to keep a game on track. At GDC you’ll learn soft skills that help you manage teams and studios, along with project management skills that keep games on time, on budget, and at the highest quality.
Learn from leading artists with a wide variety of art styles and concepts, and explore the inspiration and process behind their work. Bring home methods to create quality art and animations for all kinds of games under tight deadlines; from stellar concept art techniques to post-production best practices and everything in between.
Sound Designers, Engineers, and Composers
Interactivity presents sound designers and engineers with a unique set of problems in game dev. Learn how other sound designers are finding ways to solve aesthetic, technical, business, and logistical problems specific to this craft.
Virtual and Augmented Reality Creators
Virtual and augmented reality creators are at the forefront of visual computing and a new generation of interactivity. Find out how other AR/VR devs are tackling the technical and business challenges of this cutting edge technology.
We’ll provide the means for career seekers and recruiters to connect with one another. Those seeking new careers or looking to develop their current ones will find GDC’s Game Career Seminar invaluable.
Vendor Companies, Sponsors, & Recruiters
Hardware, software, middleware, and service vendors and sponsors connect with the attendees that participate in GDC. Showcase your company’s products, services, and innovations. Recruiters will have access to some of the best talent in the game industry.