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EVENTS AT GDC

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.

Monday, March 2

GDC Store

Monday, March 2
9:00am - 6:00pm

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 Showcase

Monday, March 2
10:00am - 6:00pm

Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase is a collection of independent developers banding together to showcase the latest and greatest indie games at conventions across the world. Working with over 150 game studios, and routinely featured in industry press, our games are interesting and innovative and other buzz words as well. We have mobile, PC, console and some platforms you haven't even heard of. How's that for ground level access?
 

Microsoft Lobby Bar

Monday, March 2
10:00am - 6:00pm

Come visit the Microsoft Lobby Bar. Meet up with friends, grab a drink and check out the latest entertainment blockbusters for Xbox One.

 

Mild Rumpus by Wild Rumpus

Monday, March 2
10:00am - 6:00pm

Relax and enjoy beautifully soothing indie videogames in the comfort of your own living room. Throughout the week Mild Rumpus welcomes you into a sofa filled sanctuary of videogame tranquility alongside a scattering of live performances and bean-bags the size of a small house. You can even charge your telephone.
 

Shut Up & Sit Down: A Lovely Tabletop Lounge

Monday, March 2
10:00am - 6:00pm

It's been another astonishing year for the board game industry. Come see what all the fuss is about in this curation of the best games from 2014. Peruse the gallery, play a quick game yourself, or simply take a seat and enjoy the sound of your fellow humans having a great time.
 

Train Jam

Monday, March 2
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!
 

Videogame History Museum

Monday, March 2
10:00am - 6:00pm

To commemorate Warren Robinett’s groundbreaking Adventure on the Atari 2600, The Videogame History Museum will be building an amazing exhibit paying tribute to the history of Atari. Stop by and play Adventure on an original Atari 2600 console and see if you can find the famous “microscopic dot” to reveal one of the original “Easter Eggs” and see the message Warren hid in the game. Even if you can’t find the dot (it’s quite microscopic don’t you know) there will be a ton of other Atari history to enjoy in the exhibit!
 

Tuesday, March 3

GDC Store

Tuesday, March 3
9:00am - 6:00pm

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 Showcase

Tuesday, March 3
10:00am - 6:00pm

Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase is a collection of independent developers banding together to showcase the latest and greatest indie games at conventions across the world. Working with over 150 game studios, and routinely featured in industry press, our games are interesting and innovative and other buzz words as well. We have mobile, PC, console and some platforms you haven't even heard of. How's that for ground level access?
 

Microsoft Lobby Bar

Tuesday, March 3
10:00am - 6:00pm

Come visit the Microsoft Lobby Bar. Meet up with friends, grab a drink and check out the latest entertainment blockbusters for Xbox One.

 

Mild Rumpus by Wild Rumpus

Tuesday, March 3
10:00am - 6:00pm

Relax and enjoy beautifully soothing indie videogames in the comfort of your own living room. Throughout the week Mild Rumpus welcomes you into a sofa filled sanctuary of videogame tranquility alongside a scattering of live performances and bean-bags the size of a small house. You can even charge your telephone.
 

Shut Up & Sit Down: A Lovely Tabletop Lounge

Game Developers Choice Awards 2011 winner
Tuesday, March 3
10:00am - 6:00pm

It's been another astonishing year for the board game industry. Come see what all the fuss is about in this curation of the best games from 2014. Peruse the gallery, play a quick game yourself, or simply take a seat and enjoy the sound of your fellow humans having a great time.
 

Train Jam

Tuesday, March 3
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!
 

Videogame History Museum

Tuesday, March 3
10:00am - 6:00pm

To commemorate Warren Robinett’s groundbreaking Adventure on the Atari 2600, The Videogame History Museum will be building an amazing exhibit paying tribute to the history of Atari. Stop by and play Adventure on an original Atari 2600 console and see if you can find the famous “microscopic dot” to reveal one of the original “Easter Eggs” and see the message Warren hid in the game. Even if you can’t find the dot (it’s quite microscopic don’t you know) there will be a ton of other Atari history to enjoy in the exhibit!
 

Wednesday, March 4

Flash Forward

Wednesday, March 4
9:30 - 10:30am

GDC Ballroom, West Hall, Street Level

The Flash Forward is one of the highlights of the week. This Wednesday morning session gives select main conference speakers the opportunity to grab attendees' attention by taking the stage and spending a quick 45 seconds pitching their session. Hear first-hand what will be discussed in sessions taking place Wednesday-Friday and decide which talks best suit your interests. The Flash Forward will begin with a state of the industry from advisory board members. The Flash Forward is expected to be a fun, fast-paced, can't-miss event.

 

GDC Expo Floor

GDC Expo Floor

Wednesday, March 4
10:00am - 6:00pm
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.

 

Career Center

Career Pavilion @ GDC

Wednesday, March 4
10:00am - 6:00pm
North Hall, Lower Level

GDC's Career Center is the largest industry-specific job fair in the world, with representatives from 50+ companies actively hiring onsite. Industry leading studios and publishers from across the country and around the world will be present in search of tomorrow's star developers. Learn more about the Career Center.
 

GDC Play

Wednesday, March 4
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 Store

Wednesday, March 4
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!
 

alt.ctrl.GDC

Wednesday, March 4
10:00am - 6:00pm
Career Center Floor

alt.ctrl.GDC is an exhibit by IndieGames.com EIC John Polson that highlights the outer fringe of exciting alternative control methods for games. Some are custom-made; some repurpose gadgets such as briefcases, telephone receivers and musical keyboards; and others combine VR helmets, MIDI devices, foot pedals, patch cables, and switches into unique forms of play. Developers will be on-hand to discuss their creations, coupled with new games for attendees to try.
 

Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase

Wednesday, March 4
10:00am - 6:00pm

Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase is a collection of independent developers banding together to showcase the latest and greatest indie games at conventions across the world. Working with over 150 game studios, and routinely featured in industry press, our games are interesting and innovative and other buzz words as well. We have mobile, PC, console and some platforms you haven't even heard of. How's that for ground level access?
 

Microsoft Lobby Bar

Wednesday, March 4
10:00am - 6:00pm

Come visit the Microsoft Lobby Bar. Meet up with friends, grab a drink and check out the latest entertainment blockbusters for Xbox One.

 

Mild Rumpus by Wild Rumpus

Wednesday, March 4
10:00am - 6:00pm

Relax and enjoy beautifully soothing indie videogames in the comfort of your own living room. Throughout the week Mild Rumpus welcomes you into a sofa filled sanctuary of videogame tranquility alongside a scattering of live performances and bean-bags the size of a small house. You can even charge your telephone.
 

Shut Up & Sit Down: A Lovely Tabletop Lounge

Wednesday, March 4
10:00am - 6:00pm

It's been another astonishing year for the board game industry. Come see what all the fuss is about in this curation of the best games from 2014. Peruse the gallery, play a quick game yourself, or simply take a seat and enjoy the sound of your fellow humans having a great time.
 

Train Jam

Wednesday, March 4
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!
 

Videogame History Museum

Wednesday, March 4
10:00am - 6:00pm

To commemorate Warren Robinett’s groundbreaking Adventure on the Atari 2600, The Videogame History Museum will be building an amazing exhibit paying tribute to the history of Atari. Stop by and play Adventure on an original Atari 2600 console and see if you can find the famous “microscopic dot” to reveal one of the original “Easter Eggs” and see the message Warren hid in the game. Even if you can’t find the dot (it’s quite microscopic don’t you know) there will be a ton of other Atari history to enjoy in the exhibit!
 

VideriSQ

Wednesday, March 4
5:00pm - 6:30pm
West Hall, Street Level

The Videri String Quartet is a classically-trained quartet specializing in high-quality renditions of video game music. Videri has performed at RTX, the Boston Festival of Indie Games, IndieCade, Boston's Wang Theatre, and the Nintendo World Store in New York. Videri's first album, Portals, was released in September 2013. Enjoy some live music and a cash bar before watching the IGF and Game Developers Choice Awards.
 

17th Annual Independent Games Festival Awards

Wednesday, March 4
6:30 - 8:30pm
GDC Ballroom, West Hall, Street Level

The IGF 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 $55,000 in total prize money to the most innovative independent games. The awards are held in conjunction with the Game Developers Choice Awards. Learn more about the IGF.

 

15th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards

Wednesday, March 4
6:30 - 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. Learn more about the GDCA.

 

Thursday, March 5

GDC Expo Floor

GDC Expo Floor

Thursday, March 5
10:00am - 6:00pm
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.

 

Career Center

Career Pavilion @ GDC

Thursday, March 5
10:00am - 6:00pm
North Hall, Lower Level

GDC's Career Center is the largest industry-specific job fair in the world, with representatives from 50+ companies actively hiring onsite. Industry leading studios and publishers from across the country and around the world will be present in search of tomorrow's star developers. Learn more about the Career Center.
 

GDC Play

Game Developers Choice Awards 2011 winner
Thursday, March 5
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 Store

Thursday, March 5
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!
 

alt.ctrl.GDC

Thursday, March 5
10:00am - 6:00pm
Career Center Floor

alt.ctrl.GDC is an exhibit by IndieGames.com EIC John Polson that highlights the outer fringe of exciting alternative control methods for games. Some are custom-made; some repurpose gadgets such as briefcases, telephone receivers and musical keyboards; and others combine VR helmets, MIDI devices, foot pedals, patch cables, and switches into unique forms of play. Developers will be on-hand to discuss their creations, coupled with new games for attendees to try.
 

Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase

Thursday, March 5
10:00am - 6:00pm

Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase is a collection of independent developers banding together to showcase the latest and greatest indie games at conventions across the world. Working with over 150 game studios, and routinely featured in industry press, our games are interesting and innovative and other buzz words as well. We have mobile, PC console and some platforms you haven't even heard of. How's that for ground level access?
 

Global Game Jam Organizers Roundtable

Game Developers Choice Awards 2011 winner

Thursday, March 5
2:30pm - 3:30pm

This roundtable will be an opportunity for members of the vast GGJ community to come together, meet in person and review the 2015 GGJ. The focus will be on global accomplishments, games, review of research, sites and growth. This year's meeting will establish goals and ideas for the upcoming year.

 

IASIG 21st Anniversary with Legends of Game Audio Panel

Thursday, March 5
It was 20 years ago that the Interactive Audio Special Interest Group formed at GDC to tackle some of the biggest problems facing game audio professionals. Today, many of the audio technologies and tools that audio professionals use were influenced by the IASIG's formation at GDC, and subsequent working groups. Join the IASIG for their annual town hall meeting and meet some of the movers, shakers and legends of game audio for an epic panel to discuss how today's game audio technology came to be, what challenges we face and where things are going next.

 

Microsoft Lobby Bar

Thursday, March 5
10:00am - 6:00pm

Come visit the Microsoft Lobby Bar. Meet up with friends, grab a drink and check out the latest entertainment blockbusters for Xbox One.

 

Mild Rumpus by Wild Rumpus

Thursday, March 5
10:00am - 6:00pm

Relax and enjoy beautifully soothing indie videogames in the comfort of your own living room. Throughout the week Mild Rumpus welcomes you into a sofa filled sanctuary of videogame tranquility alongside a scattering of live performances and bean-bags the size of a small house. You can even charge your telephone.
 

Shut Up & Sit Down: A Lovely Tabletop Lounge

Game Developers Choice Awards 2011 winner
Thursday, March 5
10:00am - 6:00pm

It's been another astonishing year for the board game industry. Come see what all the fuss is about in this curation of the best games from 2014. Peruse the gallery, play a quick game yourself, or simply take a seat and enjoy the sound of your fellow humans having a great time.
 

Train Jam

Thursday, March 5
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!
 

Videogame History Museum

Thursday, March 5
10:00am - 6:00pm

To commemorate Warren Robinett’s groundbreaking Adventure on the Atari 2600, The Videogame History Museum will be building an amazing exhibit paying tribute to the history of Atari. Stop by and play Adventure on an original Atari 2600 console and see if you can find the famous “microscopic dot” to reveal one of the original “Easter Eggs” and see the message Warren hid in the game. Even if you can’t find the dot (it’s quite microscopic don’t you know) there will be a ton of other Atari history to enjoy in the exhibit!
 

13th Annual Game Audio Network Guild Awards

IAsig logo

Thursday, March 5
Excellence in game audio is celebrated annually at the G.A.N.G. Awards show - come and be a part of the magic as we recognize the best of the best! It will be a night of entertainment and peer recognition as we review the finest in game audio from the past year.

 

Friday, March 6

GDC Expo Floor

GDC Expo Floor

Friday, March 6
10:00am - 3:00pm
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.

 

Career Center

Career Pavilion @ GDC

Friday, March 6
10:00am - 3:00pm
North Hall, Lower Level

GDC's Career Center is the largest industry-specific job fair in the world, with representatives from 50+ companies actively hiring onsite. Industry leading studios and publishers from across the country and around the world will be present in search of tomorrow's star developers. Learn more about the Career Center.
 

GDC Play

Game Developers Choice Awards 2011 winner
Friday, March 6
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 Store

Friday, March 6
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!
 

alt.ctrl.GDC

Friday, March 6
10:00am - 3:00pm
Career Center Floor

alt.ctrl.GDC is an exhibit by IndieGames.com EIC John Polson that highlights the outer fringe of exciting alternative control methods for games. Some are custom-made; some repurpose gadgets such as briefcases, telephone receivers and musical keyboards; and others combine VR helmets, MIDI devices, foot pedals, patch cables, and switches into unique forms of play. Developers will be on-hand to discuss their creations, coupled with new games for attendees to try.
 

G.A.N.G. Town Hall

IAsig logo

Friday, March 6
Celebrating G.A.N.G.'s 13-year anniversary, the G.A.N.G. officers will discuss the organization's accomplishments over the last 12 years, as well as what is currently in the works. There will be an open discussion with the audience on how to further improve the future of the organization and to look at what the future holds. This meeting is open to anyone interested in promoting excellence and advancements in interactive audio. Over 3000 people representing over 25 countries around the world have joined G.A.N.G. since its inception in 2002.

 

IGDA Town Hall

Friday, March 6
The International Game Developers Association's Board of Directors and Executive Director will provide developers with a summary of the association's progress over the past year, as well as an overview of what's in store for 2015. There will also be a Q&A period to get feedback and input from the community and a chance to meet the new board members. The IGDA is a non-profit professional association committed to advancing the careers and enhancing the lives of game developers worldwide. Don't miss this critical membership meeting and overview of the organization's past year and its future! Any interested individual is encouraged to attend, you don't need to be an IGDA member. NOTE: Lunch will not be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own.

 

Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase

Friday, March 6
10:00am - 3:00pm

Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase is a collection of independent developers banding together to showcase the latest and greatest indie games at conventions across the world. Working with over 150 game studios, and routinely featured in industry press, our games are interesting and innovative and other buzz words as well. We have mobile, PC, console and some platforms you haven't even heard of. How's that for ground level access?
 

Microsoft Lobby Bar

Friday, March 6
10:00am - 3:00pm

Come visit the Microsoft Lobby Bar. Meet up with friends, grab a drink and check out the latest entertainment blockbusters for Xbox One.

 

Mild Rumpus by Wild Rumpus

Friday, March 6
10:00am - 3:00pm

Relax and enjoy beautifully soothing indie videogames in the comfort of your own living room. Throughout the week Mild Rumpus welcomes you into a sofa filled sanctuary of videogame tranquility alongside a scattering of live performances and bean-bags the size of a small house. You can even charge your telephone.
 

Shut Up & Sit Down: A Lovely Tabletop Lounge

Game Developers Choice Awards 2011 winner
Friday, March 6
10:00am - 3:00pm

It's been another astonishing year for the board game industry. Come see what all the fuss is about in this curation of the best games from 2014. Peruse the gallery, play a quick game yourself, or simply take a seat and enjoy the sound of your fellow humans having a great time.
 

Train Jam

Game Developers Choice Awards 2011 winner
Friday, March 6
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!
 

Videogame History Museum

Friday, March 6
10:00am - 3:00pm

To commemorate Warren Robinett’s groundbreaking Adventure on the Atari 2600, The Videogame History Museum will be building an amazing exhibit paying tribute to the history of Atari. Stop by and play Adventure on an original Atari 2600 console and see if you can find the famous “microscopic dot” to reveal one of the original “Easter Eggs” and see the message Warren hid in the game. Even if you can’t find the dot (it’s quite microscopic don’t you know) there will be a ton of other Atari history to enjoy in the exhibit!