The Sport Builders Convention is altering course from its authentic (doubtlessly dangerous) plan of internet hosting a hybrid in-person / digital occasion in 2021. In keeping with an announcement on Thursday, GDC 2021 shall be all-digital and cut up into three separate occasions to higher and extra safely accommodate the networking, video games showcases, and tutorial workshops and panels the occasion is understood for.
The sequence of occasions will begin with GDC Masterclass, a set of digital workshops and trainings for builders that may happen on March 4th and fifth. GDC Showcase, which shall be open to the general public and free to attend, will run from March fifteenth via nineteenth, that includes networking and lectures in “a brand new array of content material and codecs.” Lastly, GDC 2021 correct will happen throughout the week of July nineteenth as a enterprise and education-focused occasion. The Unbiased Video games Competition (IGF) will even happen that week on July twenty first.
Final 12 months’s GDC was pushed again to the summer time and held digitally, retitled as GDC Summer time. Retaining the occasions digital in 2021 ensures the convention received’t turn into a possible COVID-19 superspreader occasion, a priority that hasn’t stopped this 12 months’s Cellular World Congress from transferring ahead as an in-person conference.
One other added advantage of going digital is that it may make GDC 2021 much more accessible. Attending GDC in previous years has been prohibitively costly for some unbiased builders even earlier than together with the price of staying in San Francisco for every week. A digital occasion ought to permit extra individuals to attend with out the expense of journey.