| FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
This page contains a collection of answers to the most common questions people ask about the Game Developers Conference®. If you have a question and can't find the answer on the site, please let us know--chances are, someone else has the same question.
When/Where is the 2016 Game Developers Conference?
GDC: March 14-18, 2016
GDC Expo: March 16-18, 2016
Summits, Tutorials & Bootcamps: March 14-15, 2016
Moscone Convention Center
North, South, & West Halls
747 Howard Street, between 3rd & 4th Streets
San Francisco, CA 94103
How do I contact a "live" person for registration help and information?
What is the cost of admission?
There are a number of different passes available for a variety of prices, depending on what parts of the GDC you want to see. For details about these passes and prices, visit our Passes & Prices
I've just registered online, when will I receive my receipt and confirmation?
If you registered and paid online, the final page of the registration process is your receipt and confirmation. Please make certain to make a copy of your receipt for expense purposes as well as any follow-up with the GDC Registration Department. 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. Online registration without payment does NOT secure the Alumni or Early registration discount.
Why do I have to create a unique log in and password for my registration?
For your privacy and protection we require anyone registering online to create a unique login for access to their registration. Having a login allows you online access to your receipt, pass selection and information about your registration.
What are the IGDA member discounts for GDC registration?
Please contact IGDA.org for more information on member discounts.
I have forgotten my IGDA membership number, how can I obtain it?
You can obtain your membership number by contacting the IGDA via phone at (856) 423-2990 or email.Please be aware that the IGDA is not related to the GDC Registration Department.
How do I register a Group?
To take advantage of our group discount, your group must consist of 10 or more attendees from the same company and they must be registered at the same time. Additional registrations from the same company added at a later date will not be entitled to the group discount unless they are submitted under the same terms & conditions described here:
Terms and conditions
: The group discount of 10% is only valid off the current registration price, including early discount registrations for All Access Pass, Main Conference Pass, Summits & Tutorials, and Audio Passes. No other passes are entitled to the 10% discount-the Expo Pass and Independent Games Summit Pass are excluded from the group discount. Additional discounts, such as Alumni, Exhibitor or other special discounts are not combinable with the group discount.
If you are a studio interested in purchasing 10 or more GDC passes, please view our Group Registration section
What is an alumni discount?
For each event, GDC show management determines whether an alumni discount will be made available; and, should a discount be offered, determines the qualifications to receive it.
When do I receive my badge?
Event badges will NOT be mailed in advance of the event, but can be collected on-site, please refer to the registration hours on your confirmation email. Short range "Touch 'N Go" RFID badges will be in use at GDC.
What is the address of the Moscone Convention Center?
The Moscone Center is on Howard Street, between 3rd and 4th Street in downtown San Francisco. For further directions to the convention center, please contact the facility directly at (415) 974-4000.
Moscone Convention Center
North, South and West Halls
Howard Street, between 3rd & 4th Streets
San Francisco, CA 94103
Download PDF maps of the Moscone Center.
What are the GDC 2016 on-site registration hours?
What hours will tutorials, sessions, expo, and expo suites be open in 2016?
Is there a discount available for lodging at GDC 2016?
Yes, travel details are provided on the travel section
of the website.
Where can I find GDC session recordings after the conference is over?
GDC Vault contains thousands of hours of GDC content. For more information, please visit gdcvault.com
Where can I find a schedule of conference sessions?
Conference session information will be coming soon!
Can I access conference information through the GDC mobile app?
The GDC Mobile App can be downloaded to an iPhone or Android device through the App store. The mobile app will be live closer to the show.
I would like to speak at the conference. How do I submit a proposal?
Call for Submissions details are available here
Are there specific subjects that I should submit speaking proposals for?
Yes. The Call for Submissions form has an extensive list of topics that the GDC would like to cover. Please check the respective Call for Submissions pages for further information.
Can I bring my child to the GDC?
Yes! While no one under the age of 18 (including infants in strollers) is allowed to attend the program, the Game Developers Conference is excited to be able to provide on-site child care services for the first time this year. Please visit the KiddieCorp website
for more information and to register for child care services
Is there a location in the convention center where I can nurse in a private room?
Nursing mothers may find privacy in the nurse's office. These are located in all three halls.
Americans with Disabilities Act - How can I request assistance?
If you require special assistance, auxiliary aids, interpreters or other reasonable accommodations while at the conference and/or expo, please contact our Operations Department at (415) 947-6348, at least four weeks prior to the event date.
How do I access the Internet at the GDC?
Wireless Access is available in the lobbies and session halls of the North, South, and West Halls during the show.
There is no technical support for the Wireless Access.
If I am an international attendee, do I need a visa to attend the conference?
Maybe, please view United States visa requirements here
. After purchasing a conference pass, the attendee can submit a request for a letter of invitation to the conference. Please email your request for a letter of invitation to the Registration Department
Letters of Invitation
Letters of Invitation are usually only required by foreigners who must obtain a VISA in order to attend the conference.
- All persons who require a Letter of Invitation to attend the conference must be registered and paid in full.
- Letters of Invitation will only be issued to the registrant and only after the registration is paid in full.
- Letters of Invitation are only issued in the name of the registrant.
- 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.
Are there volunteer opportunities at the GDC?
For information regarding the GDC Conference associate program check here
What is the cancellation policy at GDC 2016?
If you need to cancel your conference or expo registration you may do so for a full refund, less a $300.00 service charge, until Friday, February 26, 2016. Attendees who register prior to or after the deadline date or who do not cancel in writing by the deadline date are liable for the pass cost and will be charged for the full registration fee.
Sorry, refunds are not available for no-shows. If you are unable to attend the event, we recommend that you send a substitution in your place. Changes to registrations must be presented in written form. Please download the Registration Update Form and fax your cancellation, changes or substitution request to (415) 947-6011, or mail your request to:
Event Registration Services Group
303 Second Street - Suite 900 South Tower
San Francisco, CA 94107
Written requests for a downgraded pass must be received no later than Friday, February 26, 2016 for a full refund on the difference of registration fees between the value of the original and downgraded pass.
Sorry, requests for upgrades or downgrades received after Friday, February 26, 2016 cannot be accommodated. Upgrade pass requests must be submitted in writing and faxed to (415) 947-6011 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org along with payment information for the difference in value.