As outlined previously, GDC Play is a new program that gives emerging game developers a chance to show off their games to a host of specially invited industry decision makers, in addition to the 19,000-strong GDC attendee base.
The showcase itself will take place Tuesday March 7th through Thursday March 9th in the Esplanade Ballroom in the South Hall of Moscone Center in San Francisco, and all GDC attendees are welcome to check out the products and companies on display at specially designed IGF Pavilion-style kiosks and meeting rooms.
In addition, GDC 2012 All-Access Pass holders and exhibitors can also sign up in the recently announced GDC Business Matchmaking software and book meetings with GDC Play companies right now, or can turn up on site to check out the kiosks.
The GDC Play hall will also be home to the recently announced 'History Of 3D Games' exhibit from the Bay Area-based Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, also free to all GDC attendees.
Here are the latest organizer-highlighted companies at the band new GDC Play showcase:
- The social gaming startup 10-20 Media will host a booth at GDC Play to showcase GardenQuest, a 3D Facebook title about -- as the name implies -- gardening. The game itself will also include its own virtual economy in which real-world gardening brands and retailers can reach out to consumers with branded virtual goods, rewards, and more. The company is currently looking for potential partners to increase its social growth.
- Elsewhere, Australian developer Brawsome will demo the upcoming PC adventure game MacGuffin's Curse. Overall, the team focuses on capturing the spirit of classic point-and-click titles for a modern audience. The studio is also interested in looking to the mobile realm, and it hopes to meet some interesting partners at GDC Play.
- Perhaps best known for titles such as Pro Cycling Manager, Loki, and Dungeon Party, the French team at Cyanide Studio will discuss its upcoming titles based on existing popular IP, including George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones (pictured), Games Workshop's Blood Bowl, and Rackham's Confrontation. At GDC Play, Cyanide plans to pitch original IPs to some potential publishing partners.
- Finally, flight-sim and game engine developer 777 Studios will show its latest game, Rise of Flight, and its Digital Nature game engine. The studio is looking to develop mass-market games with its internal tech, and is looking for new investment partners to ramp up development on its next project.
Previously announced GDC Play exhibitors include Australian indie gaming firm Current Circus, Twirdie developer Simple Machine, "Pirate Kart" organizers Glorious Trainwrecks, Defend Your Castle creators XGen Studios, and the Lima, Peru-based Bamtang Games.
To learn more about any of these exhibitors or to see the full GDC Play lineup so far, please visit the showcase's official exhibitors page. Keep an eye out for even more GDC Play highlights as the event draws closer, as there are plenty more companies yet to be detailed.
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