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Game Developers Conference 2019: What you need to know

Game Developers Conference 2019 (aka GDC’19) is right around the corner. Here is everything you need to know.

What is GDC?

The Game Developers conference (GDC) is the world’s largest professional game industry event.

Around 28,000 people are set to flock to this years GDC at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco on March 18-22, 2019. Among the attendees are producers, artists, audio and visual professionals, game designers, programmers, and anyone else involved in the interactive games development and immersive experience world.

GDC’19 will host a conference, an expo, interactive play spaces and two award ceremonies all in the span of five days.

We realize that attending a conference of this magnitude can feel like a daunting task, But have no fear, we are here to help.

GDC Conference

The conference features 750 lectures, panels, tutorials and roundtable discussions on game development and VR/AR topics run by leaders of the industry.

Game business and marketing

Become familiar with the latest gaming trends, network with industry leaders and find your next business partner. Gain valuable insight into building and marketing your game, through social media channels, user acquisition and gaming community collaboration.

Here are a few key sessions not to be missed:

Game design

Gain knowledge on the creation of immersive and eye-catching visual and audio effects that go into mobile game design. Be inspired to further your next project, incorporating the latest in tools, systems, and techniques needed to make a great game.

Here are a few key sessions to help you get started:

  • Monday, March 18th @ 10am - Game Design Workshop
  • Tuesday, March 19th @ 10am - Mobile Game Designers Notebook 2019
  • Wednesday, March 20th @ 5pm - Puzzle Game Magic Secrets

Game programming

Developing games requires constant brushing up on the latest programming skills and techniques across all platforms. The higher the production value, the more technical knowledge is in demand to confront these complex development issues from consoles, mobile, PCs, virtual reality and more.

Here are a few key sessions as they relate to mobile:

  • Monday, March 18th @ 1:20pm - Clinic Conversational UX: Free-Form, Voice Enabled Gaming
  • Tuesday, March 19th @ 1:20pm - Getting Started With Machine Learning & AR
  • Wednesday, March 20th @ 12:30pm - Scalability For All: Unreal Engine 4 on Intel

Classic game postmortem

Take a trip down memory lane with the biggest minds in the industry, giving you an exclusive behind the scenes look at the most groundbreaking games of all time. Gain insider knowledge on the design process that brought these monumental game titles into fruition.

Here are our session recommendations:

  • Monday, March 18th @ 10am - Expanding The World of ‘Candy Crush’: A Postmortem on ‘Candy Crush Friends Saga’
  • Monday, March 18th @ 11:20am - 60 Games in 6 Years: Lessons From the Modern Mobile Market
  • Monday, March 18th @ 10am - The Year in Mobile Games: 2019 Edition
GDC Expo

550 of the leading technology companies such as Activision, Epic Games, ironSource, Kongregate, and Machine Zone will be showcasing the latest in game development tools and services in this years GDC expo.

The expo will take place from Wednesday until Thursday, 10am to 6pm and Friday from 10am until 3pm.

Award Ceremonies

Join thousands of attendees as GDC recognizes the creativity, artistry, and technical genius of the industry’s top and most innovative games and developers.

IGF Awards Ceremony &

Game Developers Choice Awards

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

GDC West Hall, 6:30 - 8:30pm

We’re looking forward to seeing you in San Francisco at this year’s Game Developers Conference. Make sure to catch our talk “10 Most Common Mistakes Made by Top Gaming Companies.” Register or learn more about it here.

For other great mobile conferences this year, check out our post on the “Best Conferences for Mobile App Developers in 2019.

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