GDC 2012 Announces Jan. 6th Early Reg For GDC Play Game, Biz Matching Showcase

gdcplay.jpgOrganizers of Game Developers Conference 2012 have announced a January 6th, 2012 early registration deadline for the show’s GDC Play showcase, which allows emerging game creators to showcase and business match at dedicated individual kiosks on site at the Moscone Center.

GDC Play — which will take place March 6-7 during GDC 2012 — is a brand new, dedicated program that will give 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, which takes the place of Game Connection as the event’s official showcase for emerging developers, will take place in a dedicated hall with areas themed around emerging games markets, all within the same buildings as all GDC lectures and keynotes.

These will give developers in all areas — from
indie through social to mobile and beyond — a local, easy to access
venue to display their work and get in touch with the press, other
industry professionals and potential business partners.

As part of the showcase for GDC 2012, show organizers are offering to all exhibitors (including GDC Play participants) a full business matching software solution that will make it easy to request and coordinate meetings with key decision makers, as well as any All-Access Pass holders or other exhibitors attending the show.

In addition, former IGDA executive director Jason Della Rocca has signed on as a consultant to the GDC Play showcase, and will help ensure the attendance of key publishers, distributors, and investors. Jason Della Rocca is a renowned consultant in the games industry, and has years of experience working with game studios and organizations worldwide. In 2009, Gamasutra sister publication Game Developer magazine named him among the publication’s “Game Developer 50,” which profiles the 50 most important contributors to the industry.

For more information on signing up for GDC Play, please visit the showcase’s official sales-specific website. Although creators can sign up until close to the show, early registration deals are only available until Friday, January 6th.

GDC 2012 will take place next year from Monday, March 5 to Friday, March 9 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and will once again serve as the premiere worldwide event for games industry professionals. For more information, please visit the official GDC 2012 website, or subscribe to updates from the GDC news page via Twitter, Facebook, or RSS.