Informs Tech has announced that the 2021 Game Developers Conference will take place as an online-only event this summer, scrapping plans for a hybrid event featuring a physical press conference in San Francisco alongside various online content.
The organiser has revealed that GDC 2021 will take place July 19-23, which is obviously many months after the usual March window where it usually takes place. Given that the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing — although things are starting to improve — chances are they wanted to push it back further in the year.
Event GM Katie Stern commented:
While we can’t wait to gather in the halls of Moscone together again, and we did consider an in-person component this year, we have decided that it’s more important that our speakers, attendees and sponsors be able to plan ahead, to continue to be as safe as possible, and to spend our attention on delivering the best possible GDC.
As in a more traditional year, this year’s conference will be filled with deep content developed with our advisory board, a focus on community-building, networking and celebrations that GDC is known for.
In addition to the above, there will be two separate digital events taking place in March in the shape of GDC Masterclass and GDC Showcase, which kick off on March 5 and March 15, respectively.
[Source – VGC]