The Sport Builders Convention is altering course from its original (potentially risky) plan of internet hosting a hybrid in-person / digital occasion in 2021. In keeping with an announcement on Thursday, GDC 2021 can be all-digital and break up into three separate occasions to higher and extra safely accommodate the networking, video games showcases, and tutorial workshops and panels the occasion is thought for.
The collection 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 can be open to the general public and free to attend, will run from March fifteenth by nineteenth, that includes networking and lectures in “a brand new array of content material and codecs.” Lastly, GDC 2021 correct will happen in the course of the week of July nineteenth as a enterprise and education-focused occasion. The Independent Games Festival (IGF) will even happen that week on July twenty first.
Final 12 months’s GDC was pushed again to the summer season and held digitally, retitled as GDC Summer. Preserving the occasions digital in 2021 ensures the convention gained’t turn into a possible COVID-19 superspreader occasion, a priority that hasn’t stopped this 12 months’s Mobile World Congress from transferring ahead as an in-person conference.
One other added good thing about going digital is that it may make GDC 2021 much more accessible. Attending GDC in previous years has been prohibitively expensive for some independent developers even earlier than together with the price of staying in San Francisco for per week. A digital occasion ought to permit extra folks to attend with out the expense of journey.