GDC 2017 | February 27 — March 3, 2017 | Moscone Convention Center | San Francisco, California

FEATURES

GDC is not just about the conference; we have a line-up of events ready for you to network, connect with fellow game developers, and to have a good time. Get the most out of your GDC experience by checking out the events below.

Art Boss by GDC and iam8bit

10:00am - 5:00pm

North Hall, Lower Lobby

We're proud to present the definitive showcase for artists collaborating in the game industry. Rather than existing simply as a forum for concept art, ART BOSS represents all forms of art created during the production of a videogame, from conception to release. ART BOSS is committed to showcasing individual artists alongside their art, putting a face to the work, for annual display at GDC and online. Learn more at iam8bit.com/artboss

Day of the Devs by iam8bit and Double Fine

10:00am - 5:00pm

North Hall, Lower Lobby

Five years ago, Double Fine & iam8bit Twister'd together to create a gathering of gamemakers and the people who play the games those makers make. After a terribly long brainstorm, the soiree was named Day of the Devs - and quickly grew into a rather charming collection of so-called games made by self-proclaimed "independents." While their political affiliations are disputable, what's for certain is that Day of the Devs is a carefully curated set of games that inherently possess the highly coveted qualities of: Personality, Curiosity, Visuality and Really Good Hair. Come canoodle with a dozen super cool games, conveniently located adjacent to the terrifyingly long escalators... for the second year in a row!

GDC Store

9:00am - 6:00pm

South Hall, Street Level

BreakPoint Books is the official bookstore vendor and Moxie is the official vendor of the GDC Store. A broad selection of books and supporting material from GDC speakers highlight the vast array of available titles. T-shirts and goodies can be found here as well. Joining us as a part of the GDC Store, iam8bit will be offering unique merchandise. Take a break from your sessions and check out the GDC Store!

GDC Movie Night "Mysterious Movie Mysteries"

7:00pm

North Hall, Room 130/131

Mysteries have always been an important part of games, from finding that first Easter Egg in Adventure through ARGs like Ilovebees, all the way up to recent, mysterious video game hits like The Witness & The Room. In the spirit of the unknown, the 2017 Game Developers Conference is kicking off its inaugural Movie Nights with two evening showings for GDC passholders that delve into the unknown.

Indie MEGABOOTH

10:00am - 6:00pm

West Hall, Third Level

Check out the Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase, with a new set of 12 games for this year's GDC. Indie MEGABOOTH works to help independent developers exhibit the latest and greatest games at conventions and events across the world. Working with over 150 game studios each year, and routinely featured in industry press, our games and teams are as much creative as they are great fun. Find out more at indiemegabooth.com!

Mild Rumpus by Wild Rumpus

10:00am - 6:00pm

West Hall, Ground Floor

Come stroll through the trees and into the welcoming heart of the Mild Rumpus orchard. Amid the comfortable fruitful wildlife you'll find respite from the hustle and bustle with a hand-picked selection of all-natural 100% organic video games. To view the full line-up, stop by the orchard or visit thewildrumpus.co.uk/mildrumpus

Shut Up & Sit Down

10:00am - 6:00pm

West Hall, Third Level

Board games continued to thrive in 2016. In this curated lounge you can see the year's best releases, be taught them, or give them a try yourself. Find out more at www.shutupandsitdown.com!

Train Jam

10:00am - 6:00pm

West Hall, Third Level

Train Jam is a collection of developers traveling via train to the Game Developers Conference and creating games during the 52-hour train journey from Chicago to San Francisco. Come and play the games that were created on our journey out to GDC and learn more about this annual event at www.trainjam.com!

Art Boss by GDC and iam8bit

10:00am - 5:00pm

North Hall, Lower Lobby

We're proud to present the definitive showcase for artists collaborating in the game industry. Rather than existing simply as a forum for concept art, ART BOSS represents all forms of art created during the production of a videogame, from conception to release. ART BOSS is committed to showcasing individual artists alongside their art, putting a face to the work, for annual display at GDC and online. Learn more at iam8bit.com/artboss

Day of the Devs by iam8bit and Double Fine

10:00am - 5:00pm

North Hall, Lower Lobby

Five years ago, Double Fine & iam8bit Twister'd together to create a gathering of gamemakers and the people who play the games those makers make. After a terribly long brainstorm, the soiree was named Day of the Devs - and quickly grew into a rather charming collection of so-called games made by self-proclaimed "independents." While their political affiliations are disputable, what's for certain is that Day of the Devs is a carefully curated set of games that inherently possess the highly coveted qualities of: Personality, Curiosity, Visuality and Really Good Hair. Come canoodle with a dozen super cool games, conveniently located adjacent to the terrifyingly long escalators... for the second year in a row!

GDC Store

9:00am - 6:00pm

South Hall, Street Level

BreakPoint Books is the official bookstore vendor and Moxie is the official vendor of the GDC Store. A broad selection of books and supporting material from GDC speakers highlight the vast array of available titles. T-shirts and goodies can be found here as well. Joining us as a part of the GDC Store, iam8bit will be offering unique merchandise. Take a break from your sessions and check out the GDC Store!

GDC Movie Night "Mysterious Movie Mysteries"

7:00pm

North Hall, Room 130/131

Mysteries have always been an important part of games, from finding that first Easter Egg in Adventure through ARGs like Ilovebees, all the way up to recent, mysterious video game hits like The Witness & The Room. In the spirit of the unknown, the 2017 Game Developers Conference is kicking off its inaugural Movie Nights with two evening showings for GDC passholders that delve into the unknown.

Mild Rumpus by Wild Rumpus

10:00am - 6:00pm

West Hall, Ground Floor

Come stroll through the trees and into the welcoming heart of the Mild Rumpus orchard. Amid the comfortable fruitful wildlife you'll find respite from the hustle and bustle with a hand-picked selection of all-natural 100% organic video games. To view the full line-up, stop by the orchard or visit thewildrumpus.co.uk/mildrumpus

Indie MEGABOOTH

10:00am - 6:00pm

West Hall, Third Level

Check out the Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase, with a new set of 12 games for this year's GDC. Indie MEGABOOTH works to help independent developers exhibit the latest and greatest games at conventions and events across the world. Working with over 150 game studios each year, and routinely featured in industry press, our games and teams are as much creative as they are great fun. Find out more at indiemegabooth.com!

Nite to Unite

 

Fairmont San Francisco

GDC is proud to support the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation, which provides scholarships to aspiring video game developers, encourages inclusivity in STEM fields, and helps organizations use video games to advance good causes. The evening is not only a chance to raise money for this worthy cause, it is an evening to celebrate the visionary contributions of Sid Meier and Jeromy Adams. For more information, click here.

One Life Left

1:00pm - 2:30pm

North Hall, Lower Lobby

GDC x One Life Left is the official streaming video and podcast partner of GDC 2017, featuring staff from GDC, sister site Gamasutra and world-renowned video game podcast and radio show One Life Left, appearing live on Twitch (and later via audio podcast) during GDC week.

Shut Up & Sit Down

10:00am - 6:00pm

West Hall, Third Level

Board games continued to thrive in 2016. In this curated lounge you can see the year's best releases, be taught them, or give them a try yourself. Find out more at www.shutupandsitdown.com!

Train Jam

10:00am - 6:00pm

West Hall, Third Level

Train Jam is a collection of developers traveling via train to the Game Developers Conference and creating games during the 52-hour train journey from Chicago to San Francisco. Come and play the games that were created on our journey out to GDC and learn more about this annual event at www.trainjam.com!

17th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards

6:30pm - 8:30pm

GDC Ballroom, West Hall, Street Level

The Game Developers Choice Awards are the premier accolades for peer-recognition in the digital games industry, celebrating creativity, artistry and technological genius. Industry professionals from around the world nominate for the awards, free of charge, ensuring that the recipients reflect the community's opinions. Watch the 2016 ceremonies live on twitch!

19th Annual Independent Games Festival Awards

6:30pm - 8:30pm

GDC Ballroom, West Hall, Street Level

The Independent Games Festival Awards was established in 1998 to encourage innovation in game development and to recognize the best independent game developers. At the awards ceremony,the IGF gives out eight awards and over $50,000 in total prize money to the most innovative independent games. The awards are held in conjunction with the Game Developers Choice Awards. Watch the 2016 ceremonies live on twitch!

alt.ctrl.GDC

10:00am - 6:00pm

North Hall, Booth N24224

One of GDC's highest rated interactive exhibits, alt.ctrl.GDC returns for its third year by John Polson (Humble Bundle). Maybe you've heard of last year's Butt Sniffin' Pugs, Line Wobbler, or Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes? Discover tomorrow's most creative games and gadgets today. This year's lineup includes custom-made controllers involving popsicles to lick, colors to vacuum, phone switchboards to answer, a 1951 Capehart television with antennas and knobs to adjust, sewing machines to command, and more. Developers will be on-hand to discuss their creations, coupled with new games for attendees to try.

Art Boss by GDC and iam8bit

10:00am - 5:00pm

North Hall, Lower Lobby

We're proud to present the definitive showcase for artists collaborating in the game industry. Rather than existing simply as a forum for concept art, ART BOSS represents all forms of art created during the production of a videogame, from conception to release. ART BOSS is committed to showcasing individual artists alongside their art, putting a face to the work, for annual display at GDC and online. Learn more at iam8bit.com/artboss

Day of the Devs by iam8bit and Double Fine

10:00am - 5:00pm

North Hall, Lower Lobby

Five years ago, Double Fine & iam8bit Twister'd together to create a gathering of gamemakers and the people who play the games those makers make. After a terribly long brainstorm, the soiree was named Day of the Devs - and quickly grew into a rather charming collection of so-called games made by self-proclaimed "independents." While their political affiliations are disputable, what's for certain is that Day of the Devs is a carefully curated set of games that inherently possess the highly coveted qualities of: Personality, Curiosity, Visuality and Really Good Hair. Come canoodle with a dozen super cool games, conveniently located adjacent to the terrifyingly long escalators... for the second year in a row!

GDC Expo Floor

10:00am - 6:00pm

GDC Expo Floor

South Hall, Lower Level

Explore the latest in game innovations and talk with industry experts on GDC's Expo Floor, located in South Hall of the Moscone Center. Ask questions and get answers from game industry professionals and network with peers. Learn more about the GDC Expo.

GDC Play

10:00am - 6:00pm

North Hall, Lower Level

Get hands-on with playable games showcased by emerging and independent game developers. Discover pavilions dedicated to showcasing games around emerging game markets ranging from social through mobile, to console, indie, and beyond. From games still in beta, to undiscovered indie titles, GDC Play brings you playable IPs in various stages of development.

GDC Play Networking Lounge

10:00am - 6:00pm

GDC Play Expo Floor, North Hall

The Norwegian Games Industry is visiting GDC with a group growing continuously after three years of repeated participation. Meet more than 20 companies ready to conquer the world with creative, fun, educative, and engaging games. Unlike the Vikings, this time the Norwegians come in peace.

GDC Retro Play

10:00am - 6:00pm

North Hall Booth N5306

GDC Retro Play is a brand new area at the Game Developers Conference 2017 in San Francisco that specifically concentrates on showcasing retro consoles, computers, games and related memorabilia.

GDC Store

9:00am - 6:00pm

South Hall, Street Level

BreakPoint Books is the official bookstore vendor and Moxie is the official vendor of the GDC Store. A broad selection of books and supporting material from GDC speakers highlight the vast array of available titles. T-shirts and goodies can be found here as well. Joining us as a part of the GDC Store, iam8bit will be offering unique merchandise. Take a break from your sessions and check out the GDC Store!

Indie MEGABOOTH

10:00am - 6:00pm

West Hall, Third Level

Check out the Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase, with a new set of 12 games for this year's GDC. Indie MEGABOOTH works to help independent developers exhibit the latest and greatest games at conventions and events across the world. Working with over 150 game studios each year, and routinely featured in industry press, our games and teams are as much creative as they are great fun. Find out more at indiemegabooth.com!

Mild Rumpus by Wild Rumpus

10:00am - 6:00pm

West Hall, Ground Floor

Come stroll through the trees and into the welcoming heart of the Mild Rumpus orchard. Amid the comfortable fruitful wildlife you'll find respite from the hustle and bustle with a hand-picked selection of all-natural 100% organic video games. To view the full line-up, stop by the orchard or visit thewildrumpus.co.uk/mildrumpus

One Life Left

1:00pm - 2:30pm

North Hall, Lower Lobby

GDC x One Life Left is the official streaming video and podcast partner of GDC 2017, featuring staff from GDC, sister site Gamasutra and world-renowned video game podcast and radio show One Life Left, appearing live on Twitch (and later via audio podcast) during GDC week.

Shut Up & Sit Down

10:00am - 6:00pm

West Hall, Third Level

Board games continued to thrive in 2016. In this curated lounge you can see the year's best releases, be taught them, or give them a try yourself. Find out more at www.shutupandsitdown.com!

Train Jam

10:00am - 6:00pm

West Hall, Third Level

Train Jam is a collection of developers traveling via train to the Game Developers Conference and creating games during the 52-hour train journey from Chicago to San Francisco. Come and play the games that were created on our journey out to GDC and learn more about this annual event at www.trainjam.com!

Art Boss by GDC and iam8bit

10:00am - 5:00pm

North Hall, Lower Lobby

We're proud to present the definitive showcase for artists collaborating in the game industry. Rather than existing simply as a forum for concept art, ART BOSS represents all forms of art created during the production of a videogame, from conception to release. ART BOSS is committed to showcasing individual artists alongside their art, putting a face to the work, for annual display at GDC and online. Learn more at iam8bit.com/artboss

Day of the Devs by iam8bit and Double Fine

10:00am - 5:00pm

North Hall, Lower Lobby

Five years ago, Double Fine & iam8bit Twister'd together to create a gathering of gamemakers and the people who play the games those makers make. After a terribly long brainstorm, the soiree was named Day of the Devs - and quickly grew into a rather charming collection of so-called games made by self-proclaimed "independents." While their political affiliations are disputable, what's for certain is that Day of the Devs is a carefully curated set of games that inherently possess the highly coveted qualities of: Personality, Curiosity, Visuality and Really Good Hair. Come canoodle with a dozen super cool games, conveniently located adjacent to the terrifyingly long escalators... for the second year in a row!

alt.ctrl.GDC

10:00am - 6:00pm

North Hall, Booth N24224

One of GDC's highest rated interactive exhibits, alt.ctrl.GDC returns for its third year by John Polson (Humble Bundle). Maybe you've heard of last year's Butt Sniffin' Pugs, Line Wobbler, or Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes? Discover tomorrow's most creative games and gadgets today. This year's lineup includes custom-made controllers involving popsicles to lick, colors to vacuum, phone switchboards to answer, a 1951 Capehart television with antennas and knobs to adjust, sewing machines to command, and more. Developers will be on-hand to discuss their creations, coupled with new games for attendees to try.

GDC Expo Floor

10:00am - 6:00pm

GDC Expo Floor

South Hall, Lower Level

Explore the latest in game innovations and talk with industry experts on GDC's Expo Floor, located in South Hall of the Moscone Center. Ask questions and get answers from game industry professionals and network with peers. Learn more about the GDC Expo.

GDC Play

10:00am - 6:00pm

North Hall, Lower Level

Get hands-on with playable games showcased by emerging and independent game developers. Discover pavilions dedicated to showcasing games around emerging game markets ranging from social through mobile, to console, indie, and beyond. From games still in beta, to undiscovered indie titles, GDC Play brings you playable IPs in various stages of development.

GDC Play Networking Lounge

10:00am - 6:00pm

GDC Play Expo Floor, North Hall

The Norwegian Games Industry is visiting GDC with a group growing continuously after three years of repeated participation. Meet more than 20 companies ready to conquer the world with creative, fun, educative, and engaging games. Unlike the Vikings, this time the Norwegians come in peace.

GDC Retro Play

10:00am - 6:00pm

North Hall

GDC Retro Play is a brand new area at the Game Developers Conference 2017 in San Francisco that specifically concentrates on showcasing retro consoles, computers, games and related memorabilia.

GDC Store

9:00am - 6:30pm

South Hall, Street Level

BreakPoint Books is the official bookstore vendor and Moxie is the official vendor of the GDC Store. A broad selection of books and supporting material from GDC speakers highlight the vast array of available titles. T-shirts and goodies can be found here as well. Joining us as a part of the GDC Store, iam8bit will be offering unique merchandise. Take a break from your sessions and check out the GDC Store!

Indie MEGABOOTH

10:00am - 6:00pm

West Hall, Third Level

Check out the Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase, with a new set of 12 games for this year's GDC. Indie MEGABOOTH works to help independent developers exhibit the latest and greatest games at conventions and events across the world. Working with over 150 game studios each year, and routinely featured in industry press, our games and teams are as much creative as they are great fun. Find out more at indiemegabooth.com!

One Life Left

1:00pm - 2:30pm

North Hall, Lower Lobby

GDC x One Life Left is the official streaming video and podcast partner of GDC 2017, featuring staff from GDC, sister site Gamasutra and world-renowned video game podcast and radio show One Life Left, appearing live on Twitch (and later via audio podcast) during GDC week.

Shut Up & Sit Down

10:00am - 6:00pm

West Hall, Third Level

2015 saw continued growth in the board game industry, with $76 million raised on Kickstarter alone. In this curated lounge you can see the year's best releases, be taught them, or give them a try yourself. Find out more at www.shutupandsitdown.com!

Train Jam

10:00am - 6:00pm

West Hall, Third Level

Train Jam is a collection of developers traveling via train to the Game Developers Conference and creating games during the 52-hour train journey from Chicago to San Francisco. Come and play the games that were created on our journey out to GDC and learn more about this annual event at www.trainjam.com!

alt.ctrl.GDC

10:00am - 3:00pm

North Hall, Booth N24224

One of GDC's highest rated interactive exhibits, alt.ctrl.GDC returns for its third year by John Polson (Humble Bundle). Maybe you've heard of last year's Butt Sniffin' Pugs, Line Wobbler, or Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes? Discover tomorrow's most creative games and gadgets today. This year's lineup includes custom-made controllers involving popsicles to lick, colors to vacuum, phone switchboards to answer, a 1951 Capehart television with antennas and knobs to adjust, sewing machines to command, and more. Developers will be on-hand to discuss their creations, coupled with new games for attendees to try.

Art Boss by GDC and iam8bit

10:00am - 1:00pm

North Hall, Lower Lobby

We're proud to present the definitive showcase for artists collaborating in the game industry. Rather than existing simply as a forum for concept art, ART BOSS represents all forms of art created during the production of a videogame, from conception to release. ART BOSS is committed to showcasing individual artists alongside their art, putting a face to the work, for annual display at GDC and online. Learn more at iam8bit.com/artboss

Day of the Devs by iam8bit and Double Fine

10:00am - 1:00pm

North Hall, Lower Lobby

Five years ago, Double Fine & iam8bit Twister'd together to create a gathering of gamemakers and the people who play the games those makers make. After a terribly long brainstorm, the soiree was named Day of the Devs - and quickly grew into a rather charming collection of so-called games made by self-proclaimed "independents." While their political affiliations are disputable, what's for certain is that Day of the Devs is a carefully curated set of games that inherently possess the highly coveted qualities of: Personality, Curiosity, Visuality and Really Good Hair. Come canoodle with a dozen super cool games, conveniently located adjacent to the terrifyingly long escalators... for the second year in a row!

GDC Expo Floor

10:00am - 3:00pm

GDC Expo Floor

South Hall, Lower Level

Explore the latest in game innovations and talk with industry experts on GDC's Expo Floor, located in South Hall of the Moscone Center. Ask questions and get answers from game industry professionals and network with peers. Learn more about the GDC Expo.

GDC Play

10:00am - 3:00pm

North Hall, Lower Level

Get hands-on with playable games showcased by emerging and independent game developers. Discover pavilions dedicated to showcasing games around emerging game markets ranging from social through mobile, to console, indie, and beyond. From games still in beta, to undiscovered indie titles, GDC Play brings you playable IPs in various stages of development.

GDC Play Networking Lounge

10:00am - 3:00pm

GDC Play Expo Floor, North Hall

The Norwegian Games Industry is visiting GDC with a group growing continuously after three years of repeated participation. Meet more than 20 companies ready to conquer the world with creative, fun, educative, and engaging games. Unlike the Vikings, this time the Norwegians come in peace.

GDC Retro Play

10:00am - 3:00pm

North Hall

GDC Retro Play is a brand new area at the Game Developers Conference 2017 in San Francisco that specifically concentrates on showcasing retro consoles, computers, games and related memorabilia.

GDC Store

9:00am - 4:00pm

South Hall, Street Level

BreakPoint Books is the official bookstore vendor and Moxie is the official vendor of the GDC Store. A broad selection of books and supporting material from GDC speakers highlight the vast array of available titles. T-shirts and goodies can be found here as well. Joining us as a part of the GDC Store, iam8bit will be offering unique merchandise. Take a break from your sessions and check out the GDC Store!

Indie MEGABOOTH

10:00am - 3:00pm

West Hall, Third Level

Check out the Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase, with a new set of 12 games for this year's GDC. Indie MEGABOOTH works to help independent developers exhibit the latest and greatest games at conventions and events across the world. Working with over 150 game studios each year, and routinely featured in industry press, our games and teams are as much creative as they are great fun. Find out more at indiemegabooth.com!

One Life Left

1:00pm - 2:30pm

North Hall, Lower Lobby

GDC x One Life Left is the official streaming video and podcast partner of GDC 2017, featuring staff from GDC, sister site Gamasutra and world-renowned video game podcast and radio show One Life Left, appearing live on Twitch (and later via audio podcast) during GDC week.

Shut Up & Sit Down

10:00am - 3:00pm

West Hall, Third Level

2015 saw continued growth in the board game industry, with $76 million raised on Kickstarter alone. In this curated lounge you can see the year's best releases, be taught them, or give them a try yourself. Find out more at www.shutupandsitdown.com!

Train Jam

10:00am - 3:00pm

West Hall, Third Level

Train Jam is a collection of developers traveling via train to the Game Developers Conference and creating games during the 52-hour train journey from Chicago to San Francisco. Come and play the games that were created on our journey out to GDC and learn more about this annual event at www.trainjam.com!