Game Developer Conference (GDC)

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What is GDC?

Game Developers Conference (GDC) is held every year in San Francisco (February 27 — March 3, 2017; Monday – Friday) for five days of sessionstutorialsbootcamps, and roundtable discussions for industry developers and to the public.

GDC is the one of the largest professionals-only industry event dedicated to the creation of games, including computer, console, mobile, tablet, smartphone and online games. This annual event offers five full days of sessions covering many disciplines, including Advocacy, Design, Programming, Production, Visual Arts, Monetization, Audio and Business, Marketing & Management.

Staying on top of the latest game development technologies and tools by visiting the Expo Floor, special events and peer-to-peer networking opportunities. In addition, the Career Center, GDC Play, Independent Games Festival and the Game Developers Choice and IGF Awards provide a well-rounded experience for game development professionals and those interested in the games industry.

Expand industry knowledge – This market defining conference features over 500 sessions across targeted tracks and focused summits on a comprehensive selection of game development topics taught by industry leading experts.

Learn new skills – GDC features variety of Tutorials and Bootcamps to choose from taking place over two full days and providing deep-dive focus on each topic.

Meeting game development professionals – GDC attracts over 27,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry.

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This years trends and outlook at GDC…

VR

A whole sub-conference within a conference, titled VRDC@GDC, is dedicated to VR.  It’s goal is to teach how to create amazing, immersive VR and AR experiences for games as well as entertainment of all kinds–including films, travel, retail, fitness, product design, journalism, and sports entertainment.

Demo new technologies and gain insight into best practices to create amazing, immersive virtual and augmented reality experiences for both games and non-game entertainment.

Late 2016, VR was all the rage with various companies quickly announcing releases of the new device.

But VR is not growing fast enough it seems, with Facebook is lowering the Oculus Rift headset and Touch controller bundle, which now sells for $598, down from the previous $798 price tag just six months ago.  

VR the future?

The VRDC program is sold out.  It is a indication that companies, as well as the indie game movement, is betting heavily on Virtual Reality being the future.  Big bets are being made by so many companies.  Facebook, Windows, Google, to just name a few, and the list grows.  With so much investment and capital directed into this new market, it seems more a matter of when it will become ubiquitous rather than if.

E3 2017 Open to the public!?How do you buy E3 tickets you ask?

In an unprecedented move for the convention, E3 2017 will be selling tickets to the public of their video game trade event for the first time.

What seems to be another year for attention grabbing blockbuster video game announcements, enthusiasts are in for a treat this year as 15,000 tickets will be up for grabs for the public in 2017.  Here it is on their website.

How to buy E3 tickets: When is E3 2017?

E3 will be held in the month of June, between June 13th-15th, in Los Angeles California.

How to buy E3 tickets: When are E3 2017 tickets on sale?

Word is out on the street that the tickets will become available on Monday, February 13th, 9am PST / 12pm EST.

How to buy E3 tickets: How much do E3 2017 tickets cost?

The first day “limited” early sale is $150 for tickets (limited to 1,000).  Once they sell out, they become available at $250.

How to buy E3 tickets: E3 set to come more like San Diego’s Comic Con?

Previously only limited to the press, exhibitors, and industry related members, E3 aims to become more like San Diego’s Comic Con.  Opening up to the public generates revenue and buzz for all participates with minor inconvenience of crowding to industry insiders.  A small price to pay for creating excitement for the fans.

With San Diego Comic Con busting at the seams in growth for years now, expect to see the same with E3.

How to buy E3 tickets?

Register here for E3 2017 tickets!