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GDC will take place between March 19 and March 23, 2018 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It’s the world’s largest and longest-running game industry event, featuring over 500 lectures, panels, tutorials and round-table discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development topics.

GDC is proud to partner Diversi and King to support the flourishing diversity in the games community through exclusive GDC Scholarship Programmes. Therefore they’ll support this scholarship with complimentary All Access Passes for all winners.


2018 GDC Summits
Gain in-depth insight in focused, full-day Summits and Tutorials covering a comprehensive range of game development disciplines on Monday and Tuesday, March 19-20, 2018. Learn from experts and meet innovative, talented game developers with shared interests.

The Independent Games Festival

The Independent Games Festival is an event that takes place during the GDC. UBM Game Network (producer of Gamasutra.com and the Game Developers Conference) established the Independent Games Festival in 1998 to encourage innovation in game development and to recognize the best independent game developers.

The IGF Awards take place on the evening of the third day of Game Developers Conference, and are a major celebration of the best in indie gaming, with thousands watching the award presentation before the Game Developer’s Choice Awards are presented.

Located on the show floor at Game Developers Conference, and open to any members of the public or game professionals who have bought an Expo Pass to the show or above, the IGF Pavilion showcases every single finalist for that year’s Festival in playable form.

The Independent Games Summit seeks to highlight the brightest and the best of indie development, with discussions ranging from indie game distribution methods through game design topics, guerrilla marketing concepts, student indie game discussions.

Game Developers Choice Awards

The Game Developers Choice Awards are the premier accolades for peer-recognition in the digital games industry, celebrating creativity, artistry and technological genius. Industry professionals from around the world nominate for the awards, free of charge, ensuring that the recipients reflect the community’s opinions.

Details on the Game Developers Choice Awards forthcoming.

Game Developer Conference Code of Conduct

1. Purpose
GDC believes our community should be truly open for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or religion.

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behavior as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

We invite all sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, media, exhibitors, and other participants to help us realize a safe and positive conference experience for everyone.

All determinations of appropriate or inappropriate behavior are in GDC’s sole discretion and the decision(s) of the GDC representative’s onsite will be final.

2. Expected Behavior

  • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert conference organizers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.

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