A Week of Learning & Inspiration
GDC delivers five days of expert-led education on key game development topics, as well as several special features throughout the week. Attendees have the opportunity to gain insight into the future of games, be inspired by new techniques, & discover creative new approaches. Discover what GDC week has in store for you below.
Get ideas for new games, tips to push your project forward, & learn how to create compelling interactions & design great games.
Learn the latest tools, middleware, & technical skills to develop games across platforms & solve difficult development problems.
Business & Marketing
Gain insight into game industry trends, identify business opportunities & partners & learn new strategies for marketing games.
Production & Team Management
Learn tactics for managing game production, from massive budget AAA console games to emerging platforms with new challenges.
Be inspired by leading artists' work from stellar concept art to post-production & learn about the process behind the work.
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Learn the nuts & bolts of great game design & successful business strategies for games on mobile platforms, including iOS, Android, & Amazon.
Learn about interactive narrative in all forms, including AAA blockbusters, indie games, mobile, & social projects from theory to practical case studies.
Hear from the best & brightest indie game creators representing diverse voices, experiences & perspectives, including many IGF finalists & winners.
Learn to create amazing, immersive VR & AR experiences for games & entertainment at the Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC).
Discover the most innovative & exciting ideas in game education. Learn new experimental approaches & best practices to bring back to your classrooms.
Share knowledge & top game audio professionals addressing audio's unique aesthetic, technical, business, & logistical problems.
Learn UX design & strategy best practices to improve overall game quality & increase the likelihood that your game will create & sustain engagement.
Game Career Development
Discover strategies for pitching your game, effective communication, how to land an investor/publisher, business development, & how to build your career in the game development directly from industry experts. Attend the Game Career Seminar designed for students & others interested in starting a game development career.
Learn how to attract & support professional players & teams, journalists, content creators, & grassroots player organizations in a day-long series of panels & presentations. Join the Esports Summit & learn about growing your esports ecosystem alongside long-time developers, publishers, & esports community leaders.
Board Game Design
The Board Game Design Summit is a one-day deep dive into the art & science of designing non-electronic board (and card) games. Featuring multiple notable speakers from the world of board game design, this is an opportunity to get deep into the design mechanics behind innovative & popular board games.
Our traditional week-long event, brought to you completely online!
Why attend GDC?
GDC is a week-long celebration of the art, craft, & business of game development & represents a unique opportunity for developers to get up to speed on advances in the field.
Connect with game dev friends (and reconnect with old ones!)
Learn how other game developers make great games
Gain insight into running a successful game dev business
Build your game dev career
Celebrate the accomplishments of your peers
Our flagship week-long, multi-track educational & business-focused event will take place virtually July 19-23, 2021. Conference sessions will be premiering each day from 8:30 am-5:30pm PT, with sessions available on-demand after.
This year's conference will be filled with deep content developed with our advisory board, a focus on community-building, networking, & celebrations that GDC is known for. The virtual GDC Expo will host leading companies in game development ready to provide solutions to your business challenges & build the partnerships that will drive the industry forward.
Check out the GDC programs defined below for more details & visit the passes & prices page if you're ready to join in!