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Posts tagged “GDC”

GDC’s Covid-19 survey leaves room for optimism in the industry

The organisers of the Game Developers Conference have released a report on the results of their latest "state of the industry" survey. Their usual annual survey happened in March, but this extra one was solely about the impact of the ongoing pandemic.The results are on the face of it rather grim, with some job losses and game delays and lots of struggling people. But they're…

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In lieu of a live show, GDC takes its developer sessions to Twitch

When this year's Game Developer's Conference was unceremoniously postponed over coronavirus outbreak fears, it threw a lot of wrenches at people's calendars. But the postponement also meant the loss of GDC's most valuable assets - hours and hours of lengthy sessions from some of the biggest names in the biz. But losing the Moscone Centre doesn't mean those talks need to be gone for good.…

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Get some insight into Microsoft’s game development when they stream their GDC talks next week

GDC may be cancelled for now, but that isn't stopping Microsoft from releasing all the talks they had planned for the event. On March 17th and 18th they'll be streaming all the sessions they had ready for the Game Developers Conference over on Mixer, meaning those who wouldn't have made it their in the first place will be able to listen in, too.The developer-focused sessions…

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Indie developers affected by GDC postponement invited to apply for relief fund

Last Friday, after multiple large publishers cancelled their appearances at the event, the yearly Game Developers Conference was postponed. Originally scheduled for March 16-20 in San Francisco, the conference has been postponed to "later in the summer" due to concerns about potential spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. GDC say they will refund the cost of passes to the conference to attendees but tickets to the event…

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GDC 2020 is postponed following coronavirus concerns

This year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco has been postponed, the organisers announced tonight. GDC 2020 was was due to run March 16-20 in San Francisco with hundreds of sessions and tens of thousands attending. The organisers say it is postponed, not cancelled, and they "fully intend to host a GDC event later in the summer." This is not a big surprise. Companies including…

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Microsoft, Epic and Unity are the latest to pull out of GDC over coronavirus concerns (now Blizzard too)

Update: Blizzard have now announced that they are also cancelling their GDC attendance, saying "the health and well-being of our teams is our highest priority."The list of developers and tech companies dropping out of GDC is growing, as Microsoft, Epic Games and Unity confirm they're pulling out due to health risks presented by coronavirus (COVID-19). This is a big blow for the physical conference, but…

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Game industry support for unionisation is growing, GDC survey shows

As GDC's yearly survey of developers says in their report "unionisation and labor practices remain hot topics in the game industry." The last several years have seen many reports of game developers being overworked—that thing we call crunch—to finish the biggest games each year. If not stories of crunch, it's reports of major layoffs instead. No surprise then that talk of unionising continues to grow.

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Feature: Eat, play, shoot

Four offbeat ideas from GDC’s Experimental Gameplay Workshop

The Experimental Gameplay Workshop is an annual showcase of the most interesting and outlandish ideas in game design, presented at the end of the Game Developers Conference every year. This year that included everything from an adaptation of an Eminem video to a game that's trying to trick you into quitting. Here are some of the highlights:

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Gamedev World aims to be a truly global developer conference

Game development conferences are a great way for creators to share information, vision and push the medium just a little bit further, if you can get to them. International travel isn't cheap, immigration authorities are increasingly suspicious, and it's time-consuming, too.Being organised by Rami Ismail (Vlambeer), Sarah Elmaleh, and a crew of independent and international creators, Gamedev World is a new 'virtual' conference and will…

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