Game Developers Conference organizers Think Services (also parent company of Gamasutra) and Reboot Communications have announced that the first ever GDC Canada saw more than 800 attendees at the event last week in Vancouver.
This represents a doubling in attendance over last year's Reboot-run Vancounver International Game Summit (VIGS), say the organizers.
The two-day event was focused on offering education, networking opportunities to the Canadian development community -- and on the heels of its success, the event is set to return to the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Center May 6-7, 2010.
GDC Canada featured over 40 lectures, panels and sessions focused on cross-disciplinary collaboration in production cycles, with the aim of offering developers opportunities to share best practices. GDC Canada also featured an expo, networking receptions and the Game Career Seminar, in addition to Future Play 2009.
"With perspectives from Don Mattrick of Microsoft and the BioWare doctors, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, GDC Canada was an opportunity for Canadian developers to assess where the industry has been and where it is going," said Izora de Lillard, event director.
"This event's focus on collaborative learning and career programs were met with tremendous support from the Canadian developer community and really demonstrated its passion, commitment and resilience that will continue to move the industry forward."
Interested parties can find complete information on GDC Canada as well as other Game Developers Conferences -- including GDC Europe, GDC Austin, GDC China, and GDC 2010 at the event series' official news weblog