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Our flagship week-long, multi-track educational and business-focused event will take place virtually July 19-23, 2021. Conference sessions will be premiering each day from 8:30 am-5:30pm PT, with sessions available on-demand after.

This year’s conference will be filled with deep content developed with our advisory board, a focus on community-building, networking, and celebrations that GDC is known for. The virtual GDC Expo will host leading companies in game development ready to provide solutions to your business challenges and build the partnerships that will drive the industry forward.

Check out the GDC programs defined below for more details and visit the passes and prices page if you're ready to join in!

GDC Programs Defined

To help better navigate the event, check out some key GDC program definitions and learn more about the various GDC conference topics.

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 take-aways you can immediately incorporate into your career. Topics include Level Design Summit, Art Direction Summit, Math in Game Programming, and more. See all Summit Sessions.

Pass Access: All Access, Summits, Audio (Audio Summit only), IGS (IGS Summit only)
Core Concepts Sessions
(Weds–Fri)
The Core Concepts program focuses on seven 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, Advocacy Sessions, and the Game Career Seminar. Core Concepts sessions cover tried-and-true techniques, important lessons learned, and present new ways of working and thinking about game development. See all Core Concepts Sessions

Pass Access: All Access, Core, Audio (Audio Sessions only)
Core Concepts Roundtables
(Weds–Fri)
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.
Summits & Core Concepts Live Dev InterviewsLive AMAs and fireside chats are 30- to 60-minute interactive sessions featuring industry experts answering questions asked by our audience related to specific game development topics.
Independent Games Summit (IGS) ContentHear 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 ContentHear 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, Audio, IGS
Advocacy SessionsAddress 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
Career & Studio Development ContentDiscover 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

 

Networking

Meetings & NetworkingWith search, filtering, and AI matchmaking, GDC gives attendees access to identify, contact, request, and receive meetings with fellow attendees and sponsors via chat or video meeting.

Pass Access: All Access, Core, Summits, Audio, and IGS pass types will be able to network with exhibitors and other attendees. Expo pass holders will only have access to networking with exhibitors. Career Development pass holders will not have access to meetings and networking.

 

Expo

GDC ExpoExpand 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 except Career Development
GDC PlayLearn 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 except Career Development
University ShowcaseMeet with colleges and universities featuring some of the best and brightest students and education programs in the games industry. Available for all GDC pass holders.

Pass Access: Available for all GDC pass holders

 

Special Events

Available to all GDC pass holders!

GDC Main Stage ContentGDC Main Stage hosts sessions like sponsored DevNotes, GDC Pitch, and other talks from prominent industry leaders sharing their experiences around important game industry themes.
GDC Podcast Live!Hosted by Gamasutra editor-in-chief Kris Graft and news editor Alissa McAloon, the official GDC Podcast brings you illuminating conversation and commentary from brilliant people in the video game industry. Join us for interactive video episodes recorded LIVE at GDC 2021!
GDC PitchSelected studios will pitch their games to a panel of investors and publishers followed by questions, advice, and feedback before the judges declare the day's "Best Pitch".
IGF Awards & GDCA Ceremonies
(Weds)
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.

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