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GDC plans replacement summer event for August

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) will return with a smaller scale event this summer.



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The Game Developers Conference (GDC) will return with a smaller scale event this summer.

The postponement of this year’s Game Developer Conference was the first many video game-related events to be affected by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Event organiser Informa Tech has now announced plans for GDC Summer, a smaller event to plug the gap until the main conference returns in 2021. The (perhaps slightly optimistic) plan is to hold the event at San Francisco’s Moscone Center from August 4-6, 2020.


GDC Summer will feature developer talks and a two-day expo show floor. The conference program will have less structure than usual, and aims to blend technical content with roundtable discussions that “foster conversation and connection.” There will also be an increase in micro-talks and fireside chats, and a focus on investment, publishing, and business development.

The revised event will also feature a new community partnership program that will provide qualifying organisations with onsite space for non-profit meetings, portfolio reviews, podcast recordings, and more.

And as for that summer date, Informa Tech says it will “continue to monitor the latest information from health officials to ensure a safe and compelling event for everyone at GDC Summer, GDC 2021 and beyond.”

Visit the GDC website for more information.

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