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GDC at a Glance

GDC will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, March 21-25, 2022, with a robust virtual offering online. Conference sessions will be taking place each day from 9:30 am-6:30pm PT, with select sessions available on-demand online.

This year’s conference will deliver the industry’s greatest source of content and connections—with plenty of exciting talks, sessions, and networking events. The in-person conference is strongly dedicated to health and safety, and GDC will offer virtual options to ensure anyone can access our best content remotely.

Attendees can tour the GDC Expo to check out companies’ latest products and solutions, head to the GDC Play area to try the newest indie sensations before they come out, attend career development talks about networking and building your portfolio, and so much more.

Check out the GDC programs defined below for more details and visit the Passes & Prices page if you're ready to join!

GDC Programs Defined

Conference Content

Summits Sessions
(Mon & Tues)

GDC Summits are deep dives into specific game dev disciplines or markets, designed to foster learning and connection among specific communities. Summit sessions provide actionable takeaways you can immediately incorporate into your career. Topics include Level Design Summit, Art Direction Summit, Open Source Game Development Summit, and more.

Pass Access: All Access, Summits, Audio (Audio Summit only), IGS (IGS Summit only)

Core Concepts Sessions

The Core Concepts program focuses on six key pillars of game development: Audio, Business & Marketing, Design, Production & Team Management, Programming, and Visual Arts, along with specialty tracks like the Classic Game Postmortem series and Advocacy Sessions. Core Concepts sessions cover tried-and-true techniques, important lessons learned, and present new ways of working and thinking about game development.

Pass Access: All Access, Core, Audio (Audio Sessions only)

Core Concepts Roundtables

60-minute interactive peer-to-peer discussions on open-ended topics facilitated by experienced moderators. Constructive controversy and debate are welcome. Roundtables have a limited capacity and attendance is first-come, first served.

Pass Access: All Access, Core, Audio (Audio Sessions only)

Independent Games Summit (IGS) Content

Hear from innovative indie game creators sharing key learnings in the Independent Games Summit. Attend lectures and postmortems presented by diverse voices, including many former and current Independent Games Festival finalists and winners.

Pass Access: All Access, Summits, IGS

Sponsored Content

Hear from leading game technology companies in sponsored sessions throughout the week to learn firsthand about their latest products, tools, services, and techniques.

Pass Access: All Access, Summits, Core, Expo Plus, Audio, IGS

Advocacy Sessions

Address topics ranging from diversity to censorship to quality of life within the realm of social advocacy in the game industry.

Pass Access: Available for all GDC pass holders

Game Career Development Content

Discover strategies for pitching your game, effective communication, how to land an investor/publisher, business development, and how to build your career in the game development directly from industry experts. Attend the Game Career Seminar, happening Friday, designed for students and others interested in starting a game development career.

Pass Access: Available for all GDC pass holders


Meetings & Networking

One-on-one meetings

Attendees can request meetings with any fellow attendee through our event virtual platform. Search other attendees by job title, professional interest, and other filters (including if they are available for in-person or virtual meetings) and send them a meeting request with a proposed date, time, and location on-site or virtually.

Speed Networking On-Site

From Tuesday through Thursday, GDC will offer Speed Networking for on-site attendees. These will be one-hour sessions with attendees rotating around the room, no pre-registration required!

Video Networking

Virtual networking session will be held in Eventuall on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00-10:00am. To join, click the “Event Agenda” button in the virtual platform, locate the session listing, and click the link in the session. All are welcome!

Roundtable Discussions

Participate in roundtable discussions around hot topics in the industry, on-site or virtually. Times and locations are available on the GDC website or in the virtual platform.

Expo Hall Happy Hour

Join us in the GDC Expo Wednesday, March 23 from 5:00-6:00pm to mingle with exhibitors and sponsors and grab a free drink, sponsored by StackPath!

Group Discussions

Pop into our virtual chat rooms that are focused on industry hot topics such as Visual Art, Audio, Design, Programming, Production, and more. Click the “Group Discussions” button in virtual event platform to check them and join the ongoing discussion throughout the week.



GDC Expo + Online Expo

Expand your network and join leading companies in game development ready to provide solutions to your business challenges. Dedicated sponsor pages and meetings are available during all event hours.

Pass Access: Available for all pass holders (Career Development Passes only grant access to the GDC Expo on the Fri of the event, Online Only Passes only have access to the Online Expo)

GDC Play

Learn about innovative projects from emerging and independent developers and meet the people who created them. Visit the studio’s dedicated pages and don’t miss their game demo sessions!

Pass Access: Available for all pass holders (Career Development Passes only grant access to the GDC Expo on the Fri of the event, Online Only Passes only have access to the Online Expo)


Special Events

GDC Main Stage Content

GDC Main Stage hosts sessions & talks from prominent industry leaders sharing their experiences around important game industry themes.

GDC Podcast Live!
(Tues & Thurs)

Hosted by Game Developer Publisher Kris Graft and Editor-in-Chief Alissa McAloon, the official GDC Podcast brings you illuminating conversation and commentary from brilliant people in the video game industry. Join us for episodes recorded LIVE at GDC 2022!

IGF Awards & GDCA Ceremonies

Celebrate the game industry at this vibrant two-part awards ceremony which kicks off with the IGF Awards, recognizing the best indie game developers, and follows up with the Game Developers Choice Awards, the premier accolades for peer recognition in the video game industry.


Connecting the Global Game Development Community

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