Indie developers make up a large portion of attendees and events at GDC.
The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is going to have a few less companies this year. Both Sony and Facebook have announced that they've
Though MWC won't have a show this year, GDC isn't going to face a similar fate. This is partially because while Sony and Facebook are big names, they aren't that important to the event.
Another thing to keep in mind is that MCW was set to take place in Spain. GDC, while having a
Whatever announcements had been planned to take place, at least in Facebook's case, will instead happen online. So you don't need to worry too much that this threw a large wrench in any reveals, though I can't speak for what Sony had in mind with the
GDC isn't a show like E3 or Gamescom. It's more of an inside baseball event for game developers, students, companies, and press. That's not to say companies don't show off their latest products for consumers (Google revealed Stadia at GDC last year), but it's generally not the focus for AAA studios. A significant portion of GDC is dedicated to independent developers. The
The event is as much for networking as it is for showing off your latest project. It's about collaboration, learning, and recognizing each others' successes, or finding the right relationships to grow your audience. It's a place for
And if you haven't heard of
The organization behind GDC, Informa, even noted that though its China-based exhibitors either had to push their participation or would only send North American staff to their booths, the situation only affected "around 2% of the total GDC attendance" and around "10 out of 550 companies hosted at GDC this year."While Sony and Facebook are big names, they aren't that important to the event.
Informa is not canceling the event, and a
GDC 2020 will take place from March 16-20 in San Francisco, and they're still be plenty to show. Sony and Facebook's absence isn't nearly as major as some people think.We believe that, based on the strict U.S. quarantine around coronavirus and a large number of enhanced on-site measures, we are able to execute a safe and successful event for our community. Locally, the Department of Health for both the State of California and the City of San Francisco support the convening of public events.