GDC 2022 will return as an in-person event, say organizers


Industry event set to return in March 2022

The organizers of the annual Game Developers Conference, Informa Tech, have announced that it fully expects to hold GDC 2022 as a live, in-person event when the trade show returns in March 2022. The conference will once again be held at its regular haunt: the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

GDC 2022 is expected to be a return to form for the annual developer conference, which was held in an online capacity for the years 2020-2021 — one of many, many industry events canceled or forced online due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. Informa Tech has not declared whether it intends to retain any form of its online/virtual components once GDC returns in its original physical form. A slight submission window for next year’s event will be open from August 3-31.

The COVID-19 pandemic is still wreaking havoc across the globe, despite a major increase in the vaccinated populace. As science and the public attempt to come to grips with the vaccination program, various COVID-19 variants, and efforts to return business, travel, and general living to any sense of “normalcy,” as an international community we will be struggling with COVID-19 — albeit in a decreased capacity — into 2022 and beyond. Whether shows such as GDC, E3, gamescom, SDCC, and many others will be fit to return “same as before” remains to be seen.

GDC 2021 is currently taking place this week in an online capacity.