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Live sessions are Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions and GDC Podcast episode recordings.  Live session guests are required to be on-camera for the live stream and will be registered for the event as speakers. Please see below for more information about your participation in either an AMA session or GDC Podcast episode at GDC Showcase, as well as how to access your live session.

Moderation Guidelines

If you have not done so already, please send any moderation guidelines to help the Gamasutra editors craft the conversation for your Live Session. Include any topics that you would like to discuss as well as topics to avoid. Please send this to [email protected] no later than Tuesday, March 2nd.

Ask Me Anything (AMA) Sessions

AMA sessions are 30-minute, live streamed interview-style sessions with a guest (you) and moderator (a Gamasutra editor). During the session, audience members can submit questions via text chat. The moderator will pick the most popular/interesting questions for the guest to answer.

Below are more details about how they work:

  • Both the guest and moderator are on-camera. The audience interacts with text only in a live chat stream located next to the session’s video.
  • Before the live AMA, the guest and GDC staff can establish guidelines for which questions the moderator should accept/ignore.
  • GDC Showcase is free but is on a gated platform so it won’t be totally open as a platform like YouTube or Twitch (aka less internet randos)
  • Guest doesn’t need to pay attention to incoming questions - they should ignore them. The moderator will select and ask the questions for the audience on-camera.
  • It will be recorded and archived on the Showcase platform, and later on GDC YouTube. It will also be promoted through other channels including Gamasutra
  • This will be done via Zoom. See “Accessing Your Live Session” below for more information.

All AMAs will be available to watch on-demand on the GDC Showcase platform after its scheduled broadcast, and later added to GDC Vault. Please be sure to sign a Speaker Agreement (found on the Speaker Lounge Homepage) prior to your live AMA!

Here is a sample of one of our AMA's at GDC Summer last year:

GDC Podcast Episodes

The official podcast for Game Developers Conference brings you illuminating conversation and commentary from brilliant people in the video game industry. Hosted by Gamasutra editor-in-chief Kris Graft and news editor Alissa McAloon. GDC Showcase will be hosting LIVE 60-minute recordings of the GDC Podcast.

Guests should be prepared to have a fun, casual chat with editors from Gamasutra about their personal experiences making games and other related topics.

The format will be as follows:

  • ~5 minutes of hosts Kris Graft and Alissa McAloon making witty intro banter.
  • 30-40 minutes of the guest chatting with the hosts.
  • ~10 minutes for a sponsored message.
  • A short outro that the guest can hang around for (or they can depart when the sponsor comes on).
  • Total run time for the live podcast: 60-minutes.

Other notes:

  • This will be a live, on-camera podcast.
  • Viewers will be able to interact in a moderated chat box and the hosts will convey interesting and fun questions to the guests on occasion during the broadcast.
  • The hosts will send you a rough outline of topics we’ll touch on.
  • Here is a sample of one of our shows at GDC Summer last year:
  • For our pre-recorded monthly podcast check us out on Apple Podcasts or Spotify:
  • All shows will be available for free on GDC YouTube after airing.

Accessing Your Live Session

For live AMA and GDC Podcast sessions, a unique Zoom room link will be sent to you the week before the event. Immediately after checking in with Ashley Corrigan (via connection request) in the event platform, launch this link to get setup for the live stream (at least 20-minutes before your session’s start time). If you have trouble finding this link or did not receive it, please reach out to [email protected].

AV Requirements

Below are the minimum equipment requirements for your webcast participation. If you have any issues with these requirements, please contact [email protected] immediately:

  • Computer with webcam and microphone
  • Minimum slide resolution 1280x720 (1920x1080 preferred)
  • 6MB upload/ 6MB download speed
  • Private or secluded space to record/film

Tech Check

To ensure your equipment is setup and ready for your live session, please conduct a 30-minute tech check with ETS the day before your scheduled session (if your session is on Monday 3/15, schedule your tech check on Friday 3/12). The portal to schedule your tech check will be emailed to you at least one week before the event.

Contact us at [email protected] with any questions.


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