GDC returns as physical event for 2023

GDC returns as physical event for 2023

The Game Developers Conference is set to return in March as a fully physical event.

According to Axios, the show will not feature online access as it has in recent years since the start of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

This will no doubt disappoint many who cannot afford to go out to San Francisco for a week to attend. GDC's organisers have said they will be hosting a separate virtual event later this year.

Talks at the 2023 show include former Blizzard co-president Jen Oneal, who is set do discuss remote working. You might remember her as the exec who left the company in 2021 owing to pay disparity between her and fellow co-president Mike Ybarra.

There's also the executive producer of the New York Times' games division, who will be discussing Wordle, Bandai Namco's chief Tamagochi officer and a panel featuring two of the lead designers on Nintendo and Hal Labs' Kirby franchise.

Given that this is a real-life event, GDC's organisers say there will still be precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Attendees will have to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to be granted access.

GDC 2023 is taking place between Monday, March 20th and Friday, March 24th.

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