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Find answers to common questions about GDC

See answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding GDC. If you still have a question that you can't find the answer to, please contact us.

Event Details

When is GDC Summer?

GDC Summer will take place Tuesday, August 4 through Thursday, August 6, 2020. View detailed event hours.

Where is GDC Summer?

GDC Summer takes place at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco.

Moscone Convention Center
747 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 974-4000

Are there a travel and hotel discounts?

Yes. GDC secures discounted hotel rooms and travel deals for attendees. You can find details and the latest information on the Hotels & Travel page.

Diversity & Inclusion

Does GDC Summer provide childcare services?

Yes. While no one under the age of 18 (including infants in strollers) is allowed to attend the conference or expo, GDC provides on-site child care services. Please visit the KiddieCorp website for more information and to register for childcare services.

Does GDC provide a private room for nursing mothers?

Yes. Nursing mothers may use the private Mothers Lounge or Mamva Pods located on-site.

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 Stephanie Hawkins no later than Friday, July 8, 2020.

Does GDC have a code of conduct?

Yes. GDC believes our community should be truly open for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or religion. Please review the Code of Conduct.


Can I contact a "live" person for registration help and information?

Please call (415) 947-6926 or (866) 535-8997 or email GDC Registration for assistance and information.

Where can I find my invoice, receipt and/or confirmation after registering?

After you register and pay, you will receive your invoice and/or receipt at the email address you used to register. If you printed an invoice and submitted it with your check payment, we will email you a confirmation and receipt once your registration is received and processed. If you registered as part of a group, your group organizer may have your receipt and confirmation. Email GDC Registration for assistance.

How do I register a group?

Groups of 5 or more attendees registering at the same time can save 10% on the current registration price for the Conference Pass. The GDC Summer group discount does not apply to Expo passes. Additional registrations by the same group organizer at a later date can receive a 10% discount on the current registration price at the time of submission.

If you are interested in purchasing 5 or more GDC Conference passes, visit Group Registration.

When/where do I pick up my GDC badge?

Please pick up your badge in person, on-site at GDC Summer with your photo ID. Collecting multiple badges by a single person is not allowed. Please bring a copy of your receipt as verification of your registration. Touch 'N Go NFC badges will be in use at GDC Summer. Badges will not be mailed in advance of the event.

Please treat your badge as cash. Your badge is required for entry at GDC. A non-refundable replacement fee equal to the original purchase amount will apply to all lost, duplicate, misplaced, stolen, or forgotten badge requests. If your badge was complimentary, the fee will be the current on-site rate.

What is the cancellation policy?

To cancel, change, or substitute your pass, please download the Registration Update Form and submit your request via email to GDC Registration.

Requests for registration refunds must be received before July 8th, 2020. Refunds are not available after this date, and are not available for no-shows. Conference Passes are subject to a $75 service charge. Expo Passes are subject to a $25 service charge. Passes transferred from GDC 2020 are not eligible for a refund or substitution. If you have any questions, please contact GDC Registration.

Do international attendees need a visa to attend GDC?

Maybe. Please view United States visa requirements here. You can submit a request for a letter of invitation after purchasing a pass. Please email your request for a letter of invitation to GDC Registration for assistance.

How do I obtain a Letter of Invitation?

If you require a Letter of Invitation to obtain a visa, you can request it during online registration. Letters of Invitation will only be issued in the name of the registrant and only after the registration is paid in full. Additional documentation may be required in order to complete the letter of invitation and verify your payment. Failure to provide the requested documentation by the specified date may result in the fees previously paid being reversed or returned. Please contact GDC Registration for assistance.

Other Questions

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

GDC starts posting conference sessions on the event website in April and continues to add new sessions leading up to the event. Scheduling details including dates, times, and rooms will be added to sessions in June. You can create your session wish list in the Session Scheduler or in the GDC Mobile App starting in May.

Is there internet access at GDC?

Yes. Wireless access is available in the lobbies and session halls of the Moscone Center during the event. Wireless access is not available in the GDC Expo. There is no technical support for wireless access.

What speaking opportunities are available at GDC Summer?

The GDC Summer conference program is comprised of invited presentations only. Invited sessions are based on various factors as determined by the GDC Advisory Board and GDC organizers.

To be considered for the GDC 2021 program, please be sure to signup for the GDC Call for Submissions announcement email.

What are the filming and recording guidelines?

Legitimate news media with approved credentials and media badges whose only intention is to gather film clips for a newscast can receive special clearance to film onsite at the Moscone Convention Center, with restrictions. Please note that there are strict limitations (even for media badge holders) for filming or recording at the Moscone Center, including but not limited to filming or recording of GDC content/sessions.

Documentary film crews are not considered legitimate news media and therefore union regulations require hiring a Local 16 IATSE representative, in addition to gaining filming approvals from the GDC organizers via the GDC Press Team.

GDC reserves the right to approve all filming and recording within the Moscone Center during the event. Learn more about filming guidelines, including how to hire a labor technician/union representative.

What happened to the talks that would have been presented at Game Developers Conference 2020?

Thanks to submissions from many of the speakers who had talks planned for GDC 2020, we were able to successfully stream recorded versions of their GDC sessions on the official GDC Twitch channel on March 16-20. All the pre-recorded GDC 2020 videos are now available to watch at your leisure on GDC Vault for free.




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