GDC announces 2022 show will take place in real life

GDC announces 2022 show will take place in real life

The organisers of the Game Developers Conference (GDC), Informa Tech, has said that next year's show will be a physical event.

The firm announced this news as GDC 2021 kicks off, saying that the trade show will be held between March 21st and 25th in its traditional home of San Francisco's Moscone Center.

Informa Tech says that it will be an "in-person event" but makes no reference to there being any online component. Since GDC was cancelled in 2020, the organisation has been holding virtual conferences.

“We are thrilled to be launching the most robust virtual GDC event to date, which offers a huge amount of unique content from across the industry and benefits from our learnings from the past more than a year of digital GDC events,” Informa Tech's VP of entertainment media Katie Stern (pictured) said. “We also absolutely look forward to the return of GDC 2022 to San Francisco next year and for the opportunity to see this vibrant community together again in person.”

GDC 2020 was cancelled thanks to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, with a virtual event being held in August of that year. It was far from the only games show to be culled in the last 18 months, but some – including Gamescom – are going for a mix of physical and digital components in the future.

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