GDC to host 3-day summer event this August after initially being postponed in March

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What you need to know

  • Game Developers Conference (GDC) was initially set to be held the week of March 16.
  • It was postponed a few weeks ahead of the event due to COVID-19.
  • The organizers have now announced a new 3-day GDC Summer event to he held in August.

The organizers behind GDC have found a new date for the event. The conference was originally intended to be held this week in San Francisco, but had to be postponed due to COVID-19. According to the announcement on GDC's website, the new event will take place over the course of three days in August., shortly before Gamescom 2020 which will be held in Germany a couple of weeks later.

GDC Summer will be held from August 4-6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, where it was set to take place in March. The event is said to be a unique GDC experience that will retain "the same high level of expert-led talks as the traditional GDC." There will be a freestyle two-day expo show floor on the 5th and 6th.

A new community partnership program will also roll out alongside GDC Summer so that developers can host meetings and other gatherings outside of the event space.

As a celebration of the game development industry, GDC Summer 2020 will roll out a new community partnership program. Organizations will have the opportunity to apply for space onsite to host meetings and gatherings alongside the main event. Qualifying organizations could include SIG meetings, non-profit board meetings, local meet-ups, hosted "office hours" by community professionals, portfolio review rooms, podcast recording and more.

It's unclear just how long the COVID-19 outbreak will last, so the team at GDC is constantly monitoring the latest information from health officials and the CDC.

Jennifer Locke

Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life, and is very happy Xbox is growing a stronger first-party portfolio. You can find her obsessing over Star Wars and other geeky things on Twitter @JenLocke95.