This year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) has been officially postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The event is now slated to take place sometime in summer, though the date is still not confirmed. As a result, companies that planned events at the conference have had to reschedule their events, with some companies such as Microsoft and Unity even pulling out before this announcement. Google too was set to take the stage at GDC 2020, and has now announced that it will conduct a “digital experience” session online.
The search giant had originally planned to kick things off with its keynote on March 16, with the company stating that product leaders across Google “would share the biggest announcements for game developers”. It is no secret that the company would outline the games coming to Stadia, its game streaming platform, as it has been steadily adding more games and increasing support for the service.
The firm’s presence at GDC included two days of on-floor sessions. The list of sessions has now been pulled from its website. Google says it is “supportive of the decision made by organizers to postpone GDC 2020”. The search giant adds that though they “won’t see you in person”, its teams have “exciting news to share” at the digital experience. Google will share more news in the coming weeks.
Some of the Stadia specific events (via 9to5Google) that have now been pulled included:
- Bringing Destiny to Stadia: A GDC Postmortem
- Bringing Vulkan Graphics Into the Mainstream
- Mastering Cloud Gaming: Tales from Stadia’s Launch
- Bringing Google’s Machine Learning to Game Development
- Super Charge Your Game’s Discoverability
- The Journey of Bringing Our Unity Game to Stadia
Those interested in receiving updates from the company can register here. The details of the live stream on YouTube will likely be announced soon, possibly replacing what would have been the keynote live stream had the event been happening.