Following a tumultuous week of notable industry leaders and companies announcing their plans to skip GDC 2020, event organizers have officially announced the convention will be postponed from it’s original March 16th-20th date until later in the year. The update was posted to the GDC website and reads as follows:

“After close consultation with our partners in the game development industry and community around the world, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the Game Developers Conference this March.

Having spent the past year preparing for the show with our advisory boards, speakers, exhibitors, and event partners, we’re genuinely upset and disappointed not to be able to host you at this time.

We want to thank all our customers and partners for their support, open discussions and encouragement. As everyone has been reminding us, great things happen when the community comes together and connects at GDC. For this reason, we fully intend to host a GDC event later in the summer. We will be working with our partners to finalize the details and will share more information about our plans in the coming weeks.”

 

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Additionally, the organizers posted the following FAQ to attendees with questions related to the postponement:

“I am a current GDC 2020 paid conference or expo registrant – now the event is not taking place in March, can I receive a refund of my pass money?

If you are a currently registered passholder, you will be receiving an email about your registration status and any next steps regarding refunds, which conference and expo attendees will be receiving in full.


What is the situation with hotels if I booked through the GDC hotel website/room blocks?

Individuals who have made hotel reservations inside the GDC room block will not have to pay penalties or fees associated with their reservations. More information will be available early next week on next steps.


What is happening to the talks that would have been presented at Game Developers Conference 2020?

In order to allow our conference speakers to still participate in the event, we are intending to make many of the presentations that would have been given at GDC 2020 available for free online. After speakers (optionally) contribute their talks in video format, they will be distributed on the GDC YouTube channel and the free part of GDC Vault.


What is happening to the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Choice Awards – will they still take place?

We also intend to stream a set of these GDC 2020 talks and the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Choice Awards via Twitch during the week that the event would have taken place in San Francisco (March 16th to 20th), so that our community can continue to honor & celebrate its best games.”

WINGS Interactive

The timing of the cancellation is regrettably unfortunate and as a result many independent developers may find themselves unable to recoup the financial losses incurred. In order to help reduce some, if not all of those woes, WINGS Interactive has partnered with gamedev.world, Landfall Games, game publishers Raw Fury, Modern Wolf, and The Games and Online Harassment Hotline to form the GDC Relief Fund. WINGS posted the following on their website regarding the fund:

“For an indie developer traveling to and attending GDC is a significant investment – between the GDC ticket, the flight, the accommodation, the visa sometimes. It’s also a lot of time invested in demos, pitches and travels. The investment is made to meet key partners: investors, publishers, business partners and journalists – in addition to learning and sharing with industry peers.

When major actors drop out of GDC and the event postpones the return on that investment diminishes significantly to the point that it can end up a net loss. This is why WINGS Interactive have teamed up with Gamedev.world, Landfall Games, Raw Fury, Modern Wolf & The Games and Online Harassment Hotline to create this GDC relief fund that can help alleviate the burden.

We welcome any additional sponsors who would like to contribute to the fund! Please reach out to contact@wingsfund.me”

Source: GDConf.com, WINGS

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