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Postponed Game Developers Conference Moved To August As Special Summer Event



Postponed Game Developers Conference Moved To August As Special Summer Event

The Game Developers Conference GDC 2020 is set to return this year as a special three-day event in the summer.

The conference was scheduled to take place in March but was postponed indefinitely due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus. After organisers announced their decision to postpone to the event, it was unknown when the or if the conference would be happening at all this year.

In a tweet shared on the Official GDC Twitter account, organisers revealed that they will be hosting a special three-day event. Named GDC Summer, the event will take place between August 4th and 6th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

According to Informa Tech, the organisers of the GDC, the three-day event will be a “celebration of the art, craft, and business of game development”. What’s more, the event will include the same expert-led talks as the traditional GDC event while also having a freestyle two-day expo show floor.

Organisers have said that the event will include a series of microtalks and fireside chats as well as dedicated space for career development sessions. The conference will consist of high-tech quality content as well as roundtable discussions.

Informa Tech states that they hope to bring people together with the special event. They aid: “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.

“Safety remains the GDC organiser’s 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 2012, and beyond.”

Although the event won’t be taking place until later this summer, many fans and industry insiders have shared concern that the coronavirus pandemic may not have calmed down by then, and the event could still face cancellation or a second postponement.

Game Events

The Game Developers Conference hasn’t been the only industry event to have been cancelled or postponed this year due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. This year, PAX East was one of the only industry events to take place, even after several major tech firms such as Sony dropped out.

As mentioned, the GDC 2020 was postponed due to the pandemic and E3, what’s regarded as the biggest video game conference, was cancelled. The ESA announced the event’s cancellation earlier this month.

The cancellations and postponements have led both Sony and Microsoft to announce information about their consoles in new ways. Microsoft announced the official specs of the upcoming Xbox Series X in a series of blog posts this week.

Days later, Sony held a digital event hosted by Mark Cerny to reveal the PlayStation 5’s specs. The information was set to air during the GDC but since the event was postponed, Sony decided to air it online instead.

Like so many others, the game industry has been hit by the coronavirus, and many fans have speculated that games planned for release later this year may face delays, as well as Sony and Microsoft’s upcoming consoles.

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