2020 was once a novel yr in all of our lives. I in my opinion navigated the unusual global of getting a child in the course of an epidemic. And for us as GDC, as a company that historically poured such a lot into one week of the yr, we needed to adapt, be agile and alter all of our plans.
Going into 2021, we nonetheless have many unknowns, however we have now been in a position to take a look at the yr forward and reimagine how we will serve the sport trade. Our targets are in large part the similar: offering assets and nice content material in addition to networking and dialogue platforms to attach the trade. However the brand new constraints round in-person gatherings and commute additionally introduced creativity, and we have now been in a position to increase new codecs, and new techniques to provide content material and network fortify all through the yr.
So, as Recreation Builders Convention celebrates its 35th version this yr, reasonably than pack the entirety into one week, we’re webhosting a circle of relatives of GDC occasions that may ship high quality, curated content material in additional versatile and obtainable techniques on-line, in addition to designing occasions that play to the strengths of digital meetings, together with extra fluid networking and matchmaking alternatives.
The developed technique to GDC methods in 2021 lets in us to create new choices equivalent to deep dives for specialised spaces and additional exploration of well timed subjects throughout a key trade topics thru distinctive showcases. That is all along with generating GDC’s advisory board curated convention program, in addition to webhosting our annual prestigious award ceremonies through sport builders and for sport builders.
We’re very excited to convey the sport building network this considerate set of stories, content material and services and products that we are hoping will toughen our trade, assist proportion learnings, create connections, and encourage nice video games.
Right here’s a handy guide a rough assessment of what we have now coming:
GDC Masterclass (March Four-Five): GDC Masterclass is a brand new structure we presented this previous fall, and is composed of 1 and two-day small-group digital workshops that ship in-depth, hands-on coaching round one of the maximum vital demanding situations dealing with sport builders lately. Those categories, led through one of the sharpest minds within the trade, are a go back to deeper, extra intense learnings that return to GDC’s roots and be offering individualized comments and sensible enjoy.
GDC Showcase (March 15-19): This primary show off match is a free-to-attend, all-digital match created to give you the GDC network a possibility to come back in combination safely in March. This one-of-a-kind match will supply a style of what GDC is all about whilst exploring a quite other and new array of content material and codecs, that includes highlight lectures, AMAs with the folk at the back of one of the trade’s largest video games, interactive panels with famend sport builders, are living podcasts, and extra.
GDC 2021 (July 19-23): We will be able to host our conventional week-long, multi-track tutorial and industry centered match on-line in 2021. Whilst we will’t wait to assemble within the halls of Moscone in combination once more, and we did imagine an in-person element this yr, we have now determined that it’s extra vital that our audio system, attendees and sponsors have the ability to plan forward, to proceed to be as secure as imaginable, and to spend our consideration on handing over the most productive imaginable GDC. As in a extra conventional yr, this yr’s convention might be full of deep content material advanced with our advisory board, a focal point on community-building, networking and celebrations that GDC is understood for.
Impartial Video games Pageant and Recreation Builders Selection Awards (July 21) The IGF and GDCAs will go back all through the principle GDC match. Submissions for the IGF Awards are already in and nominees might be introduced in early Might. We’ll have extra to proportion quickly at the GDCAs, however as all the time we look ahead to this second of peer-recognition within the online game trade. The awards will happen back-to-back like same old and might be livestreamed at the professional GDC Twitch channel.
We’re additionally making plans to host further GDC-branded occasions in the second one part of the yr to stay the educational and networking going all through this era of what seems like consistent alternate, so we’ll have extra to proportion on that quickly.
That’s about it for occasions for now, however it’s value noting that we can as soon as once more submit the once a year State of the Recreation Business Survey: Once a year we ballot 1000’s of sport builders to get a glimpse into what builders are occupied with and the place the trade is heading. Historically the survey additionally kicks off some subjects that we accumulate to talk about all through the principle convention week.
Closing however now not least, between our all the time up to date and making improvements to GDC Vault that properties years of significant talks and a few new plans for Gamasutra so as to add some network options together with a long-overdue rebrand(!), we’re occupied with our on-line assets, content material and platforms that assist proceed the discussion each day, now not simply all through match sessions.
I will be able to’t wait to be again on campus with everybody once more. Within the period in-between, thanks in your persevered fortify and participation in GDC and its extensions, and please keep secure!
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