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New for 2024

Game History Gallery

GDC has partnered with the Video Game History Foundation to bring to light and celebrate lesser-known developers and games in history with the interactive Game History Gallery. Play these games firsthand and learn more about the developers by viewing artifacts related to their history and their games' history. The gallery will also feature a display on "What Video Game Preservation Looks Like", as well as information on how to preserve your part in video game history. 

Learn more about the Video Game History Foundation

Game Maker’s Sketchbook Gallery

Join the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, iam8bit, and fortyseven communications - with generous support from the Game Developer's Conference - for a special art gallery celebrating this year’s Game Maker's Sketchbook finalists.

Game Maker’s Sketchbook celebrates all forms of art related to the craft of making games and each of the 2023 winning selections will be on display. Prints will be for sale through the iam8bit store for a limited period. All proceeds benefit the AIAS Foundation, a 501c3 that offers various scholarships to game students and early to mid-career gaming professionals.

Learn More at Game Maker’s Sketchbook

GDC Expo Spaces

IGF Pavilion

Play games nominated as finalists in the Independent Games Festival awards.


Celebrate alt.ctrl's 10th anniversary this year and play inventive and innovative games using unique, one-of-a-kind controllers.

Arcade Play

Delve into a selection of arcade games curated by The MADE.

GDC Play

An Interactive Showcase For Indie Games

Partner Community Spaces

Day of the Devs

Brought to you by iam8bit and Double Fine, come play the greatest indie games the universe has ever known.

Check out the games that will be featured at GDC 2024 Day of the Devs:

Game TitleDeveloperPublisher
Anger FootFree LivesDevolver Digital
CataclismoDigital Sun GamesDigital Sun Games
Crow CountrySFB GamesSFB Games
Death the GuitarToroya My Battery Is FriedToroya My Battery Is Fried
Haste: Broken WorldsLandfall GamesLandfall Games
Hyper Light BreakerHeart MachineGearbox Publishing
Mika and the Witch's MountainChibig, NukefistChibig
PhonopolisAmanita DesignAmanita Design
Simpler Timesstoneskip.iam8bit Presents
Surf ClubOlivia HainesOlivia Haines
Wild BastardsBlue ManchuMaximum Entertainment

Shut Up & Sit Down

It's all in the name. Sit back, relax, and play the latest and greatest board games released in the last year. the Shut up & Sit Down space is great for meeting other game devs, making friends, and enjoying some quiet tabletop games.


Connecting the Global Game Development Community