GDC Play returns as a unique opportunity for emerging developers to showcase their games to fellow GDC attendees.
Inspired by the success of the Independent Games Festival Pavilion at GDC, the new initiative will include space in special Pavilions themed around emerging game markets. GDC Play allows exhibitors to display their games to key distributors, publishers, press and investors visiting the conference. GDC Play Pavilions for social & online, smartphone & tablet, and independent games will all be located within a dedicated room and include a networking lounge with seating areas for more in-depth meetings.
When signing up for GDC Play, which is open to a range of emerging developers showcasing playable games, game creators will be given a standalone tabletop with a monitor, keyboard, speakers and Internet connection, as applicable. This makes it an incredibly simple, low-cost opportunity to exhibit titles to prospective business partners, investors and the press.
Returning this year, Best in Play is a showcase of GDC Play's finest games. All GDC Play exhibitors will be judged on their in-development or complete games by a panel of veteran GDC organizers and Gamasutra editors. Eight participating games will be selected and announced as 'Best in Play' winners prior to GDC. Winners will be announced mid-February and they will receive two All-Access passes to GDC 2015. Special 'Best in Play' designations will be attached to the honorees' GDC Play tabletops at GDC 2014, where their games will be playable to all GDC attendees.
GDC Play participants have access to the official GDC Business Matchmaking software--the catalyst for business at GDC. Request and receive meetings from major publishers, All Access Pass holders and exhibitors attending the event.
A sample of organizations you can schedule meetings with via GDC's Matchmaking Software...
Over 70 Publishers, Investors, and Agents including:
6waves, Activision/Blizzard, Microsoft, Nintendo of America, Tapjoy, Umbra
Over 300 GDC Exhibitors and sponsors including:
Google, Tencent, Crytek, Digital River, PlaySpan, Facebook, Microsoft, Intel, Valve, WB Games, Sony
Largest number of International Governments and Organizations exhibiting at GDC and GDC Play, including:
Belgian Trade Commission
Game Point International
Government of British Columbia
Nova Scotia, Canada
Scottish Development International
Shanghai Kena Information Technology
The Swiss Arts Council