Today's a big day, as organizers are proud to announce that registration is now open for the 2020 Game Developers Conference!
GDC 2020 is already shaping up to be a fantastic show, and when you attend you're giving yourself the opportunity to meet up with the global game development community for a week of unmatched education, inspiration and networking in San Francisco.
This will be the 34th edition of GDC, and now that registration is officially open, you'll want to take a look at your GDC pass options and register early to lock in the best price.
Plus, some passes have limited quantities -- so if you’re interested, don't wait!
GDC 2020 will take place March 16th through the 20th at the (newly renovated!) Moscone Center in San Francisco, and it's going to be packed with practical, relevant insight into the art and business of game development. The GDC Conference tracks span all major facets of game development - from in-depth business strategy to hardcore design and programming sessions.
To give you a taste of what's in store, here's a quick preview of two great GDC 2020 talks that promise to offer interesting insights and practical takeaways from the development of two of this year's most interesting games: Respawn's mega-popular battle royale game Apex Legends, and Lab Zero's vibrant action-platformer Indivisible.
As part of the GDC 2020 Visual Arts track of talks Lab Zero creative director Mariel Cartwright will be presenting "The Art of 'Indivisible': From Prototype to Release", in which she'll offer a behind-the-scenes look at the development of the game's unique art style. Cartwright will take you inside the studio's character design process, show you how the team successfully meshed 2D animated characters with 3D backgrounds, and share a smorgasbord of lessons learned that you can (hopefully) apply in your own work.
And over on the GDC 2020 Advocacy track we've got a great talk lined up from Respawn character lead Mohammad Alavi which promises to show the development of select characters, from Bangalore through Gibraltar to Bloodhound & beyond, chronicling the specific hurdles faced, the choices made, and the lessons learned in the war against uniformity for in-game characters.
GDC organizers are continuously working to improve the event, and to that end GDC 2020 will be streamlined to enhance attendees' experience during the show. The Monday and Tuesday content at GDC 2020, previously known as "Summits," "Tutorials," "Bootcamps," and "Dev Days," will now all known simply as "Summits." There will be over 20 Summits to check out at GDC 2020, including traditional offerings such as the Indie Games Summit and new programs like the Online Game Technology Summit.
And of course, Wednesday through Friday of GDC week will still be well-stocked with exciting talks encompassing the Advocacy, Audio, Busines & Marketing, Design, Production & Team Management, Programming, and Visual Arts tracks -- but at GDC 2020 they'll be known as "Core Concepts" (or the "Core" content) instead of the previous "Main Conference" moniker, to highlight the essential nature of the talks which take place during the latter half of GDC week.
Speaking of the latter half of GDC week, GDC 2020 will once again host an Expo (open Wednesday through Friday, March 18th through 20th) to showcase the most relevant game development tools, platforms and services helping to drive the industry forward -- alongside a raft of country-specific pavilions, recruiting booths, playable games in the GDC Play area, and more.
There will also be a plethora of intriguing community spaces at GDC 2020 where you can take a moment to relax, practice your skills as a creator or player, and hang out with fellow GDC attendees. These spaces include special areas designed to celebrate specific disciplines like art and narrative, the popular Alt.Ctrl.GDC alternative controller exhibit, the Indie Megabooth Showcase, and much more!
GDC will also feature the 22nd annual Independent Games Festival, the longest-running and largest festival relating to independent games worldwide, where original games compete for the attention of the publishing community, and the 20th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the premier accolades for peer-recognition in the digital games industry.
So don't delay -- grab your tickets today and come join us!
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