Organizer Informa Tech says that safety remains a “paramount concern.”
GDC 2020, like many events, was affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. While this led to several indie developers being involved with the Steam Game Festival: Spring Edition to showcase their titles, the event was postponed instead of cancelled. GDC 2020 is now set to take place on August 4th to 6th.
The event will take place at Moscone Center in San Francisco according to Informa Tech. With regards to COVID-19, the organizer stated that, “GDC Summer will give the game development community a chance to come together in a way that hasn’t currently been possible due to COVID-19. Safety remains the GDC organizers’ paramount concern and the GDC team will continue to monitor the latest information from health officials to ensure a safe and compelling event for everyone at GDC Summer, GDC 2021 and beyond.”
While August seems far off, it may not be the most ideal month. Gamescom 2020 is still scheduled to take place but the organizers are prepared to cancel if COVID-19 remains an issue. E3 2020 was set to take place in June but was subsequently cancelled, leading to publishers like Microsoft to organize digital events in their place.
Time will tell but for now, we’re skeptical as to whether GDC 2020 will really happen in August. Stay tuned for more details in the meantime.