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GDC Summer 2020 set to take place in August

Informa Tech has announced that GDC 2020 will now take place this Summer, in August due to coronavirus concerns

It seems San Francisco’s annual Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) is returning this summer after becoming one of the many coronavirus-related cancellations this year. The event organizer Informa Tech has announced that a smaller version of the convention, dubbed GDC Summer, will take place from August 4-6. The show is now officially pitching itself as a three-day “celebration of the art, craft and business of game development.”

What’s been going on with GDC 2020?

For those unaware, GDC 2020’s cancellation last month was due to the increasing spread of coronavirus. A situation that hasn’t abated since that February 28 announcement.  Moreover, this postponement came after multiple companies, like Sony, Microsoft, and Kojima Productions, decided to not attend. Had it gone ahead, GDC 2020 would have wrapped up yesterday on the 20th of March, after a full week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Now, in its stead, GDC has spent this past week hosting a comprehensive suite of free virtual talks on its Twitch channel. Additionally, Sony recently announced PS5 specs on its own blog, a talk initially meant for this year’s GDC. But now, despite the grim outlook for public events. It seems the show still intends to go on, albeit in a shorter space of time.

“GDC Summer will give the game development community a chance to come together in a way that hasn’t currently been possible due to COVID-19,” the event’s organizers said in an announcement. “It will be a unique Game Developers Conference experience. But will retain the same high level of expert-led talks as the traditional GDC. Along with a freestyle two-day expo show floor August 5th and 6th,” GDC say about the new format. There will also be a new series of microtalks and fireside chats, a dedicated space for comprehensive career development sessions. As well as a new community partnership programme.

What can we expect from GDC Summer?

From what it looks like, it seems that GDC Summer is specifically looking to supplement that lost chance for in-person meetings. Especially for smaller developers for whom GDC’s cancellation represents a huge opportunity to personally get their game in the hands of potential publishers or partners. “GDC Summer 2020 will roll out a new community partnership program,” organisers went on to say. “Organisations will have the opportunity to apply for space onsite to host meetings and gatherings alongside the main event.”

Passes for the event are already up for sale on the official website. With prices ranging from $99 through to $599, depending on when tickets are purchased. And whether access is granted to conferences or the expo. It’s unclear at this stage which companies will take part. The organisers went on to state that, ”Safety remains the GDC organizers’ paramount concern. And the GDC team will continue to monitor the latest information from health officials. To ensure a safe and compelling event for everyone at GDC Summer, GDC 2021 and beyond.”

GDC Summer 2020 will commence in August 4-6, 2020 at San Francisco, California’s Moscone Center.

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