The Game Developers Conference is altering course from its unique (doubtlessly dangerous) plan of internet hosting a hybrid in-person / digital occasion in 2021. According to an announcement on Thursday, GDC 2021 might be all-digital and break up into three separate occasions to raised and extra safely accommodate the networking, video games showcases, and educational workshops and panels the occasion is understood for.
The collection of occasions will begin with GDC Masterclass, a set of digital workshops and trainings for builders that can happen on March 4th and fifth. GDC Showcase, which might be open to the general public and free to attend, will run from March fifteenth by way of nineteenth, that includes networking and lectures in “a new array of content and formats.” Finally, GDC 2021 correct will happen through the week of July nineteenth as a enterprise and education-focused occasion. The Independent Games Festival (IGF) can even happen that week on July twenty first.
Last yr’s GDC was pushed again to the summer season and held digitally, retitled as GDC Summer. Keeping the occasions digital in 2021 ensures the convention received’t turn out to be a possible COVID-19 superspreader occasion, a priority that hasn’t stopped this yr’s Mobile World Congress from shifting ahead as an in-person conference.
Another added advantage of going digital is that it may make GDC 2021 much more accessible. Attending GDC in previous years has been prohibitively costly for some unbiased builders even earlier than together with the price of staying in San Francisco for every week. A digital occasion ought to enable extra individuals to attend with out the expense of journey.