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What is the Game Developers Conference?

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) brings the game development community together to exchange ideas 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.

This market-defining conference features a comprehensive selection of lectures, panels, and roundtable discussions, while 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. GDC attendees can also take a break from all of the learning to relax and meet new people in dedicated community spaces, themed areas for playable indie games, retro games, alternative controllers, and more.

In the middle of the week, GDC hosts two award 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.

History of GDC

The Game Developers Conference began as an informal gathering of 25 developers in the living room of a notable game designer. Initially focused on computer games, GDC has grown and diversified along with the game industry to include a variety of platforms including consoles, mobile & 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. From year to year, GDC continues to define market innovations and provide insight into the future of games.

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.

 

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