Why should you attend GDC?
GDC is a week-long celebration of the art, craft, and business of game development and represents a unique opportunity for developers to get up to speed on advances in the field.
Join over 28,000 of your global game dev peers, hear from over 700 speakers spanning over 1000 sessions, and catch up on the latest tech and trends on the Expo floor with more than 500 of the world's leading companies like Epic, Microsoft, and Google.
- Connect with game dev friends (and reconnect with old ones!)
- Learn how other game developers make great games
- Gain insight into running a successful game dev business
- Build your game dev career
- Celebrate the accomplishments of your peers
- Get inspired!
Who should attend GDC?
Refining interactivity, implementing narrative, and shaping player experiences are just a few of the areas covered by GDC's game design offerings. Learn practical ways to build systems and mechanics that turn your concepts into actual gameplay.
Find out how fellow game programmers solved some of their most difficult - and most fascinating - problems. From AI and math to in-depth technical talks, GDC is where expert game programmers share their invaluable knowledge, directly with you.
Business and Marketing Professionals
The video game market is as tough as ever to navigate, and we're here to help you find your audience, and find success. Come to GDC and take home practical ways to find your audience, nurture your business, and forge new partnerships so you can meet market challenges head-on.
Producers and Team/Studio Managers
Whether a project is big or small, solid production practices are essential in order to keep a game on track. At GDC you'll learn soft skills that help you manage teams and studios, along with project management skills that keep games on time, on budget, and at the highest quality.
Learn from leading artists with a wide variety of art styles and concepts, and explore the inspiration and process behind their work. Bring home methods to create quality art and animations for all kinds of games under tight deadlines; from stellar concept art techniques to post-production best practices and everything in between.
Writers and Storytellers
Writers, designers, producers, and others with a passionate interest in the ongoing evolution of interactive storytelling will learn about interactive narrative in all forms, including AAA blockbusters, indie games, mobile, and social projects from theory to practical case studies.
GDC loves indie devs! Hear from the best and brightest indie game creators representing diverse voices, experiences, and perspectives, including many IGF finalists and winners. Learn new tips, tricks, and techniques for creating, publishing, and promoting your independently developed game.
Sound Designers, Engineers, and Composers
Interactivity presents sound designers and engineers with a unique set of problems in game dev. Learn how other sound designers are finding ways to solve aesthetic, technical, business, and logistical problems specific to this craft.
Virtual and Augmented Reality Creators
Virtual and augmented reality creators are at the forefront of visual computing and a new generation of interactivity. Find out how other AR/VR devs are tackling the technical and business challenges of this cutting edge technology.
Discover the most innovative and exciting ideas in game education at GDC! Gain professional development and learn new experimental approaches and best practices to bring back to your classrooms. Join educators from established game development programs and new game course creators to explore challenges together and advance the field for the next generation of students.
We'll provide the means for career seekers and recruiters to connect with one another. Those seeking new careers or looking to develop their current ones will find GDC's Game Career Seminar invaluable.
Vendor Companies, Sponsors, & Recruiters
Hardware, software, middleware, and service vendors and sponsors connect with the attendees that participate in GDC. Showcase your company's products, services, and innovations. Recruiters will have access to some of the best talent in the game industry.