Game Developers Conference 2022 | App Developer Magazine

Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2022, the world’s longest-running event for professionals dedicated to the art and science of game creation, begins its 36th edition today, in person at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. The week-long conference, which also includes a virtual component, will feature over 200 exhibitors, over 1,000 speakers and over 600 talks, tutorials, panel discussions and networking events. Safety is a priority for the conference, with proof of vaccination required at the event and face masks worn indoors in accordance with California and local requirements.

The GDC kicks off with two days of summits, March 21 and 22, each offering in-depth insight into a wide range of game development disciplines, including advanced graphics, AI, animation, art direction, community management, fair play, free-to-play games, gaming career, game storytelling, game storytelling, indie games, level design, machine learning, math in game development, game educators, online game technology, open source game development, programming, production essentials, technical art, tools, visual effects, UX and VR/AR.

Following the GDC Summits, the GDC Main Conference kicks off on Wednesday, March 23 with the multi-part presentation “GDC Main Stage: The Developer‘s Renaissance”, which this year will focus on the future of game development and the changing place. of work. Esteemed speakers from Eidos-Montreal, PlayStation Studios and Devolver Digital will speak on topics such as finding the right balance in a remote/hybrid work environment, taking a stronger approach to addressing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, and empowering developers to “kill it with kindness.”

Conference sessions for game developers

The main conference also features sessions full of ideas from some of the biggest names in electronic entertainment. Top designers will host sessions on Baldur’s Gate 3, Clash of Clans, Horizon Forbidden West, Life is Strange: True Colors, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Psychonauts 2, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Sable, the Star Wars Experience: Galactic Starcruiser at Disney World, Wolfenstein 3D, Q-bert and more. Even Josh Wardle, creator of the international phenomenon Wordle, will be on hand to host a talk on how he created, developed and sold the ubiquitous word game.

The 24th Annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) Awards, which recognizes the most promising developers and projects in the world of independent video games, and the 22nd Annual Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA), which recognizes and celebrates creativity , the artistry and technical ingenuity of last year’s best developers and games, will both take place back-to-back on Wednesday, March 23, starting at 6:30 p.m. PT. The IGF and GDCA ceremonies are available to all GDC 2022 pass holders and will be streamed live on the official GDC Twitch channel.

“We are incredibly excited for this week and what it signals: the video game industry is able to come together again to share its learnings, celebrate its successes and breathe a collective sigh of relief,” said Katie Stern. , who oversees the GDC as Vice President of Entertainment Media at Informa Tech. “This is the first GDC of many to come that will once again be a meeting place for the gaming industry and where professionals can learn and grow.”

GDC 2022 includes an exhibition floor where the best companies in the gaming industry display their latest products and meet attendees, as well as special areas such as the alt.ctrl.GDC and the IGF pavilion. Back for its eighth year, the alt.ctrl.GDC is an acclaimed exhibition where visitors can play games using alternative controllers and meet the developers behind these particularly interesting projects. The IGF Pavilion hosts the finalists of the IGF Awards, offering attendees the opportunity to play some of the most exciting and innovative indie games.

For more details on the Game Developers Conference, please visit the official GDC website or subscribe to regular updates via Facebook, Twitter or RSS. Official photos are available via the official GDC Flickr account: www.flickr.com/photos/officialgdc/.

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