Sadly due to Corona Virus/ COVID-19 concerns, this years GDC 2020 had to be postponed and most likely cancelled. Fortunately however, not everything is lost! The GDC have announced they will be streaming a number of talks scheduled for GDC 2020 completely free this year. Details from gdconf.com:
Just a quick reminder that while the Game Developers Conference is no longer happening next week in San Francisco, organizers invite you to watch livestreams of the awards and some of the talks planned for GDC 2020!
For the most up-to-date details on what’s streaming when, check out the new GDC 2020 Virtual Talks hub and be sure to follow the official GDC Twitch channel. That’s where organizers will be streaming speaker-recorded versions of the talks they’d planned for GDC 2020, for free, from 9am to 5pm PT Monday through Friday.
Expect to enjoy some expert talks from studios like 343 Industries, Playground Games, BioWare, Gearbox and more, as well as insightful behind-the-scenes explorations of notable indie games like Baba Is You, A Short Hike, and Kine.
Plus, there will be an assortment of talks offering new and useful advice on how to tackle the core challenges of game development. You’ll have the opportunity to practice new ways of planning, developing, and marketing your game, and get up-to-date insights on everything from UI design to scaling your online infrastructure.
The Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Choice Awards ceremonies will also be free to stream virtually starting at 5pm PT (8pm ET) next Wednesday, March 18th on GDC’s Twitch channel.
The virtual awards ceremony will feature the same hosts (Trent Kusters for the IGF and Kim Swift for the Game Developers Choice Awards) and identical awards categories planned for the original physical event — with the exception of the alt.ctrl.GDC award, which will not be awarded this year.
Directly before the awards at 4pm PT (7pm ET) on March 18th, Double Fine & iam8bit will debut a virtualized 2020 edition of its Day of the Devs showcase that promises to bring “visual beauty, charming design, poignant voices, and just plain cool games” to the official GDC Twitch stream.
As mentioned above, the schedule of talks is available here with times listed in Pacific Time. The talks are available on Twitch but will eventually make it to the GDC YouTube channel as well as the GDC Vault. Be sure to keep an eye on the GDC official Twitter channel too for updates through the week. Or of course just tune in here at GameFromScratch for the top announcements and reveals at virtual GDC 2020! You can learn more in the video below.