Due to the total impact of COVID-19, the known organizers of the official Game Developers Conference or GDC 2021 have recently announced some new major changes regarding how the event will take place this 2021.
According to GM Katie Stern in a blog post, there will still continue to be a lot of “unknowns” in the world in relation to the virus. The group, however, has still expressed their plans to push forward and hold the GDC 2021 this year.
Stern noted that the main goals are still largely the same which is to be able to provide resources as well as great content and also networking and other discussion platforms in order to connect the industry. The new constraights, however, regarding in-person gatherings as wella s travel also brings new creativity and they have reportedly been able to develop some new formats as well as other new ways to be able to offer content as well as community support throughout the year, according to the story by GameSpot.
Here is the new GDC 2021 schedule
- GDC 2021 Masterclass
This will be held on March 4 to 5 and will consist of a one and two-day virtual workshops that will be able to deliver some in-depth hands-on training around a number of the most important challenges around game developers today.
- GDC 2021 Showcase
This will be held on March 15 to 19 and will be a free all-digital event including spotlight lectures, interactive panels with developers, and AMAs.
- GDC 2021
The official event will be held on July 19-23 and will include the traditional GDC experience and will run for a week. However, it will reportedly be virtual this year instead of how the conference normally takes place in San Francisco.
- Independent Games Festival & Game Developers Choice Awards
This will reportedly take place on July 21. This will be the annual awards show that will reportedly celebrate the powerful games of the past year and will also be streamed through the official GDC Twitch channel. Here’s the link.
Stern noted that the team is now planning even more GDC-branded events for the 2nd half of this 2021. These will also be announced some time later.
GDC reportedly is not the only huge game show to show its plans for 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic. Even the organizers of E3 have reportedly confirmed that this year’s reported show will also be “transformed.” However, viewers are still now waiting for an explanation as to what this actually means.
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