Last month, the world’s biggest tech show announced that CES would go online only in 2021 instead of waiting for companies and journalists to embolden Las Vegas in January. But the Game Developers Conference (GDC) just announced it is not getting dressed: it will be holding a “hybrid event that is taking place physically in San Francisco” that also includes a “strong virtual offer”.
While it is not yet clear how powerful the virtual part will be, GDC 2021 should do one thing right away: it will be held July 19-21 next year, instead of the typical March timeline. Maybe we will have a vaccine by then or at least be safer for giant businesses and social gatherings.
Or maybe it will just be a smaller event: GDC has never been recognized as a showcase for the big gaming industry announcements, and developers have sometimes objected to it when companies use the show for that purpose.
Following the GDC “GDC Summer”; virtual event, it sounds like the organizers intend to keep the virtual ball this year as well, with a series of “Virtual GDC Master Classes” that will offer deep diving during the day. development later this year. They also aim to fill the March 2021 hole that GDC is leaving with a “GDC Community Celebration”:
Finally, a single one-track “GDC Community Celebration” will run from March 1 to March 5, 2021, which will broadcast behind-the-scenes lectures on last year’s best games, profile talks top, Q & As and more interactive content. Organizers will send invitations to speakers to present talks and questions, as well as training and sponsorship programs that will be confirmed over the coming weeks and months.
GDC is promising more information on the hybrid event, including guidelines for companies wishing to participate, in the near future. It seems like the idea is still coming together, so do not be surprised if plans change as society recovers from COVID-19.