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Game Developers Conference Moves In-Person Event Online

GDC gave up on the in-person dream for its 2021 iteration.
GDC gave up on the in-person dream for its 2021 iteration. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Game Developers Conference will no longer host a hybrid in-person/digital event in 2021, the organization announced Thursday. Instead, it will move the whole experience online and break it into three separate events.

The first of these events, GDC Masterclass, will be a collection of virtual workshops for developers. It's scheduled to run March 4-5. GDC Showcase, March 15-19, will be feature networking and lectures in "a new array of content and formats," and will be free to attend for members of the public. Finally, GDC 2021 itself will take place the week of July 19 and focus on business and education.

The Independent Games Festival and the Game Developers Choice Awards will also take place that week, on July 21.

"The evolved approach to GDC programs in 2021 allows us to create new offerings such as deep dives for specialized areas and further exploration of timely topics across a key industry themes through unique showcases," wrote GDC general manager Katie Stern in the organization's announcement.

"We are very excited to bring the game development community this thoughtful set of experiences, content and services that we hope will enhance out industry, help share learnings, create connections, and inspire great games."