GDC 2021 will be a hybrid online/live event


Industry conference to return in July 2021

Event organiser Informa Tech is already making plans for next year’s Game Developer Conference (GDC), and has announced its intention to make the 2021 edition of the annual industry event a digital/physical hybrid.

Taking place between July 19-23, the next GDC will feature a scaled-down edition of the traditional live show, which is to be held, as per usual, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. At the same time, an online showcase will be taking place, allowing publishers and developers to show their upcoming wares face-to-face and worldwide simultaneously.

One might assume that this dual-show idea, along with the later date (GDC typically runs during spring) represents a growing concern that the COVID-19 pandemic is already making its presence felt in plans for 2021. The pandemic caused the postponement or outright cancellation of multiple trade events in 2020, and as major organisers and publishers start plotting out their calendars for the new year, no doubt the continuing health crisis remains an issue.

As for the remainder of 2020, GDC will be hosting a series of virtual “Master Classes”: online courses designed to tutor devs on various aspects of game design. More information on these courses will be announced over the coming weeks.

GDC 2021 is scheduled to take place online and in San Francisco between July 19-23, 2021.

GDC announces physical/digital hybrid event for 2021 []