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Event Details

What is GDC Showcase?

GDC Showcase is a free-to-attend, all-digital event taking place March 15-19, 2021. The event will feature past GDC session highlights, live discussions and panels, forward-looking keynotes, and insights from some of the top companies in the industry.

How will I gain access to GDC Showcase?

After registering, you will be sent instructions on how to use the platform via email approximately one week before the event. The welcome email will be sent from [email protected], so please add this to your address book to ensure delivery.

When is the Game Developers Conference?

GDC will take place Monday, July 19 through Friday, July 23, 2021.

Where is the Game Developers Conference?

GDC 2021 will be held as a hybrid event, taking place physically in the Moscone Center in San Francisco along with a robust virtual offering online.

Moscone Convention Center

North, South, & West Halls

747 Howard Street, between 3rd & 4th Streets

San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 974-4000

What is the GDC Masterclass program?

The GDC Masterclass program 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.

When will the next round of GDC Masterclass courses be offered?

Registration for GDC Masterclass courses is now open for classes taking place on March 4 & 5, 2021.

How will I access the GDC Masterclass program?

All GDC Masterclass courses will be hosted on Zoom. After registering, you will be sent instructions on how to use and access the platform via email in the weeks leading up to your class.

Diversity & Inclusion

Are there complimentary or discounted passes?

Yes, for GDC 2021 in July. You can apply for GDC scholarships or Low Income Pass Lottery, apply to speak, or apply to work as a Conference Associate if you are interested in a free pass. GDC provides limited discounts to sponsors, media partners, and association partners. More information on these programs will be made available in the coming months.

Does GDC have a code of conduct?

Yes. GDC is committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or religion. The GDC Code of Conduct outlines expectations for participant behavior and consequences for unacceptable behavior.

How can I request assistance in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act?

If you require special assistance, auxiliary aids, interpreters or other reasonable accommodations while at the conference and/or expo, please contact Michelle Montoya at least four weeks prior to the event date.

Other Questions

When/where will conference sessions, dates, and times be available?

GDC will begin adding sessions for 2021 in the months leading up to the event.

What speaking opportunities are available at GDC?

The GDC Advisory Board requests submissions for talks representing interesting and current work in game development to build a diverse, high-quality conference program. New for the 2021 event, submissions for remote presentations will be considered along with traditional in-person presentation proposals.

Core Concepts Call for Submissions is open November 17 through January 11 at 11:59pm PT.

GDC Summits, Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC), and the Game Career Seminar call for submissions will be open January 25 through February 15, 2021 at 11:59pm PT.

Can I watch GDC sessions after the event?

Yes. GDC records most sessions and makes them available to view online throughout the year in the GDC Vault.

What happened to the Game Developers Conference 2020?

In response to the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we made the difficult decision to postpone GDC 2020.

Thanks to submissions from many of the speakers who had talks planned for GDC 2020, we were able to stream recorded versions of their GDC sessions on the official GDC Twitch channel on March 16-20.

Virtual awards ceremonies for The Independent Games Festival (IGF) and Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA) and a virtualized 2020 edition of the Day of the Devs showcase were also streamed on March 18.

All the pre-recorded GDC 2020 videos are now available to watch on GDC Vault for free.

What is GDC doing to ensure in-person events will be safe to attend?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, GDC has adopted a new set of enhanced health and safety standards for all in-person events.



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