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Game Developers Conference
The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is an annual gathering of video game developers. The conference is comprised of an expo and a variety of tutorials, lectures and roundtables by industry professionals on game-related topics covering programming, design, audio, production, business and legal, and art.
Originally called the Computer Game Developers Conference, the first conference was organized in 1987 by Chris Crawford and supposedly had only enough attendees to fill Crawford's living room. The CGDC changed its name to "Game Developers Conference" in 1999. The GDC has also hosted the Spotlight Awards from 1997 to 1999, the Independent Games Festival since 1999 and the Game Developers Choice Awards since 2001. GDC is also used for the annual meeting of the International Game Developers Association. In 2002, the GDC reported 10,000 attendees. It was originally held in San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley. In 2005, GDC moved to the new Moscone Center West, in the heart of San Francisco's SOMA district. GDC will be returning to San Jose in 2006.
GDC has added several other events in recent years. At the GDC Expo, developers display the latest products useful in game development. "GDC Mobile," first held in 2003, focuses on developing games for mobile phones and other handheld devices. The first "GDC Europe" (GDCE) was featured at the European Computer Trade Show (ECTS) in London between August 31 and September 1, 2001. ECTS has annually hosted GDCE in London since then.
Many people work on planning the Game Developers Conference. A few of the more notable people include Jen Pahlka , Alan Yu and Chris Crawford, who founded the conference.
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