The organisers of Games Developer Conference Summer have announced that the event will be going all digital. This comes after it was announced in March that the organisers had hoped to move the physical event to be held from August 4th to 6th. However, with the COVID 19 pandemic situation unlikely to subside by then the decision has been made to cancel the physical conference that would have been held in San Francisco, California.
In a statement, Informa wrote:
We have been continuously reviewing the best ways to serve the game development community over the past few months as the world has continued to adapt to developments.
While we very much look forward to meeting again in person as soon as possible, we are moving forward with a plan to transform GDC Summer into an all-digital event in order to best serve our community.
As so many game developers embrace remote working arrangements and online collaboration, we’re inspired to adapt and deliver GDC in a digital format that will be available to everyone with an internet connection, and will work hard to deliver the high-quality content and networking opportunities GDC attendees have come to expect.
We believe in the power of gathering our community to share, inspire, and strengthen our industry and are committed to providing that opportunity in August. We look forward to sharing more information about GDC Summer soon.
The GDC Summer digital event will still take place from August 4th to August 6th, but details on how it will run will be confirmed closer to the time. This news follows the cancellation of EGX Rezzed with ticket holders for that are able to get them refunded or keep them for the flagship EGX event which is still scheduled to go ahead in September. However, considering that is meant to be held at ExCel London, which is currently a Nightingale hospital, who knows whether that will still be the case in a couple of months.