Game Developers Conference

Jul 19, 2021 - Jul 23, 2021 
Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, United States
747 Howard Street, between 3rd & 4th Streets

For over three decades, the Game Developers Conference (GDC) has played a crucial role in connecting the global game development community. In the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, which led to the transformation of its previous edition into a fully digital format, GDC 2021 will return to the halls of Moscone Convention Center with an innovative hybrid event. Instead of the typical March timeframe, the new Game Developers Conference 2021 dates have been scheduled as 19 – 23 July and will include a robust virtual programme in addition to the in-person meeting.

GDC upholds its reputation as a central source of expertise in the art and science of making games, welcoming programmers, game designers, artists, business decision makers, and others involved in all subsets of game development. The GDC Expo is a market-defining hub, where the latest tools and services from leading technology companies such as Google, Intel, Nvidia and Sony are displayed. The rich conference programme is a prime source of insight into running a successful business, improving the development process and adapting to the latest trends and innovations.

GDC is also a perfect platform to connect with peers, learn from leading developers and boost your career. GDC 2021 attendees will once again have the opportunity to attend two spectacular highlight events: The Game Developers Choice Awards - the leading peer-based video game awards show - and The Independent Games Festival, which honours visionaries in indie game development.

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Game Developers Conference is organised by UBM, which combined with Informa PLC in June 2018 to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B events organiser in the world.

Past editions

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What is new for Game Developers Conference 2021

After a fully virtual GDC Summer format was developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Game Developers Conference 2021 will be held as a hybrid virtual/in-person event, which will offer a variety of attendance options. Reflecting the global situation, the usual GDC dates in March have also been postponed and the event will instead run on 19 - 23 July 2021.

quick info

Organiser:Informa PLC
Frequency:every year
Next Edition:Game Developers Conference 2022
Sectors: Information technology / Consumer electronics / Software
Website:Game Developers Conference 
Visitors:Tickets for Game Developers Conference 

important facts

  • 29,000 industry professionals attended in 2019
  • 550 exhibitors
  • more than 780 lectures, panels, tutorials and roundtable discussions
  • The Game Developers Choice Awards
  • Independent Games Festival Pavilion
  • GDC Film Festival

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