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Updates » GDC
Google Play is launching download-free instant games  
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.18]
Google Play Instant is currently in closed beta. The company hopes that the friction-free download option will bolster the power of social shares and marketing campaigns.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video, GDC

Microsoft launches DirectX Raytracing to streamline real-time rendering 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.18]
Microsoft has introduced four new concepts to the DirectX 12 API that aim to give developers entirely new rendering options and bridge the gap between commonly used rasterization techniques.
Console/PC, Programming, Video, GDC

Unreal Engine 4 adds Magic Leap One support  
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.18]
Unreal Engine 4 developers can now create for Magic Leap’s Magic Leap One mixed reality headset thanks to recently added Lumin SDK support.
VR, GDC

Amazon debuts GameOn, a new cross-platform competitive game platform  
by Alex Wawro [03.19.18]
As the Game Developers Conference kicks off today Amazon unveiled GameOn, a new platform aimed at helping devs implement cross-platform (mobile, console, PC) competitive multiplayer in their games.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

Reminder: Know and abide by your GDC Code of Conduct! 4
by Staff [03.16.18]
With GDC 2018 kicking off next week, GDC general manager Katie Stern is here to highlight the official code of conduct for GDC and all of its related events.
Serious, GDC

Don't miss your opportunities to make new friends and contacts at GDC  
by Staff [03.15.18]
The 2018 Game Developers Conference is just days away, and that means now is the right time for attendees to brush up on all the ways you can meet interesting new people at the show!
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

At GDC 2018, get expert insight on how to teach game dev around the world  
by Staff [03.15.18]
At GDC 2018, educator and American University Game Lab director Lindsay Grace digs into some important questions for game dev educators around the world.
Serious, GDC

Hone your game design skills at the GDC 2018 Game Design Workshop  
by Staff [03.14.18]
GDC 2018 attendees are invited to attend the two-day workshop and take part in hands-on activities, group discussion, analysis and critique of the art and science of game design!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Learn to better fight toxicity from the new Fair Play Alliance at GDC 2018  
by Staff [03.14.18]
Heads up, game makers: the 2018 Game Developers Conference starts Monday, and this year organizers are excited to welcome a lineup of great talks from the folks at the Fair Play Alliance!
Serious, Design, GDC

Supercell, Pixar, and top devs share insights at the GDC 2018 Vision track!  
by Staff [03.13.18]
GDC 2018 marks the return of the Vision Track - a series of mini-keynotes featuring great speakers and forward-thinking companies discussing the future of the game industry!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

See these 10 devs compete to make the best game pitch at GDC 2018  
by Staff [03.13.18]
10 selected dev teams will each be offered pitch prep and training, then get 5 minutes to pitch (in front of a live audience!) at GDC 2018, followed by questions, advice, and feedback from the judges.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Learn more about the state of Steam from SteamSpy's creator at GDC 2018! 1
by Staff [03.12.18]
At GDC 2018, SteamSpy creator Sergey Galyonkin will walk you through (among other things) the significant changes that happened to Steam in 2017 and their effect on new games sales.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

Check out the winners of GDC Play 2018!  
by Staff [03.09.18]
GDC organizers have revealed the 'Best in Play' awards for exhibitors in the on-site GDC Play 2018 event, honoring remarkable games like Furious Seas and A Fold Apart!
Indie, GDC

Attend GDC 2018 and get an Epic look at the art design of Fortnite  
by Staff [03.09.18]
At GDC 2018 Epic's Peter Ellis will cover not just the evolution of art style used in Fornite, but also general best practices used to create a triple-A quality F2P game with a small art team.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Art, GDC

Come out to GDC 2018 and learn to better tell stories in VR!  
by Staff [03.08.18]
At GDC 2018 Baobab Studios cofounder Eric Darnell will break down the challenges of telling a narrative VR story where the user has control, as well as techniques Baobab has developed to tackle them.
VR, Design, GDC

Attend GDC 101 at GDC this year to get the most out of your show!  
by Staff [03.07.18]
For GDC 2018 later this month organizers are debuting a special overview event -- GDC 101 -- on Tuesday, March 20th that will show you how to get the most out of your time at the show!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Brush up on advanced game graphics techniques at GDC 2018  
by Staff [03.07.18]
Brought to you as a collaboration of the industry's leading hardware & software vendors, this day-long GDC 2018 tutorial offers leading insight on how to create cutting-edge game graphics!
Console/PC, Programming, Art, GDC

Don't miss all the cool machine learning talks at GDC this year!  
by Staff [03.06.18]
Come to GDC 2018 later this month and learn how top devs at companies like Naughty Dog and Ubisoft are applying machine learning techniques to make better games!
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, GDC

Get an inside look at the AI driving Horizon Zero Dawn at GDC 2018!  
by Staff [03.06.18]
At GDC 2018, see how Guerrilla Games transitioned from having to support a single human enemy in closed corridor spaces to a game with more than 25 wildly different characters in a large, open world.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, GDC

At GDC, see how Friday the 13th: The Game was tuned for asymmetrical multiplayer  
by Staff [03.02.18]
At GDC 2018 the director will reveal how the team worked to make a Jason player feel overpowered, and the large team of counselors feel very under-powered, while still having the experience feel fair.
Social/Online, Design, GDC