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GDC Play

GDC Play provides an opportunity for emerging developers to showcase their playable games to GDC attendees including distributors, publishers, press, and investors in the GDC Expo's North Hall, March 21-23, 2018.

Themed pavilions host social & online, mobile & tablet, and independent games. GDC Play exhibit packages include a standalone tabletop with monitor, keyboard, speakers, internet connection, and access to a networking lounge for meetings. For information about exhibiting at GDC Play, please contact Brenner Fuller at 603.856.0674 or

Enter Best in Play Competition

Eight games from GDC Play will be designated 'Best in Play' by a panel of Gamasutra editors. Winners will be announced in February and receive 2 free GDC 2019 All Access passes. Special 'Best in Play' designations will be attached to honorees' tabletops. Registration to enter Best in Play will open in late 2017. View Best in Play 2017 winners.

Book Meetings with GDC Connect

GDC Play exhibitors can request and receive meetings from major publishers and exhibitors using GDC Connect. Sample contacts from GDC 2017:

  • 70+ publishers, investors & agents from 6waves, Activision/Blizzard, Microsoft, Nintendo of America, Tapjoy
  • 350+ GDC exhibitors including Epic, Nintendo, Tencent, Oculus, Amazon, Twitch, Snapchat, Samsung
  • Governments & organizations like Italian Trade Agency, Pro Mexico, Pro Colombia USA

Enter to Participate in GDC Pitch

Wed., March. 21, 12:30-1:30pm, Thurs., March. 22, 12:45-1:45pm, Career Theater, Expo Floor, North Hall

Ten GDC Play exhibitors will be selected to pitch their games to an opinionated panel of investors and publishers, in front of a live audience (no pressure!) followed by questions, advice, and feedback before the judges declare the day's "Best Pitch" and award a free GDC 2019 All Access pass.

GDC Play exhibitors can select the GDC Pitch box in GDC Connect to be considered and a panel of Gamasutra editors will choose the lineup. Selected studios will be given strict format instructions and rules, a time slot on one of the days, and can have pitch prep and training with GDC Pitch host Jason Della Rocca of investment platform Execution Labs. Studios will be notified by February 27th, 2018. View GDC Pitch 2017 winners and finalists.

Confirmed judges for GDC Pitch 2018

  • Ben Andac (Good Shepherd)
  • Jonas Antonsson (Raw Fury)
  • Sunny Dhillon (Signia Venture Partners)
  • Guzman Diaz (Index Ventures)
  • David Gardner (London Venture Partners)
  • Melinda Montano (Kongregate)


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