GDC 2019 keynotes, talks, sessions, badge pickup and price

Everything you need to know about the GDC 2019 keynotes, talks, sessions, badge pickup and price.

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GDC 2019 is here, and if you’re looking to attend or just keep up with the news, then you’re going to need to know all about the keynotes, talks, sessions, when you can pick up your badge, and how much each badge is going to cost. The good news is, we’ve got all the info you need here in one handy place.


GDC 2019 keynotes, talks, sessions, badge pickup and price

As we stated above, GDC 2019 is already in full swing, and those still looking to attend the event—or just keep up with all the happenings—have quite a bit of information to sift through. To help make this easier, we’ve broken down the week’s coming summits and sessions, as well as the other information that you need to keep up with GDC 2019 and all the new info coming out of it.

GDC keynotes, talks, sessions, badge pickup, price - Marvel's Spider-man in flight
Marvel's Spider-Man is just one of many games being discussed at GDC 2019.

GDC 2019 pass prices

If you’re looking to attend GDC 2019, then you’ll need to act quickly. There are a few different options you can pick up for purchase here—six in total—that will give you varying amounts of access to the conference. We’ve broken them down below, so here’s what you need to know.

Pass Name Event Access with Pass Pass Price
All Access
  • GDC Summits
  • GDC Tutorials
  • GDC Conference
  • GDC Expo
  • VRDC
  • Connect Meeting Tool & GDC Mentoring
  • Game Career Seminar
  • IGF and Choice Awards
  • GDC Main Stage and Sponsored Content, including Developer Days and Sponsored Sessions
  • Day of the Devs, Shut up & Sit Down, Mild Rumpos, Indie MEGABOOTH, Film Festival
  • GDC VAULT
$2,499
Conference + Summits
  • GDC Summits
  • GDC Tutorials
  • GDC Conference
  • GDC Expo
  • Connect Meeting Tool & GDC Mentoring
  • Game Career Seminar
  • IGF and Choice Awards
  • GDC Main Stage and Sponsored Content, including Developer Days and Sponsored Sessions
  • Day of the Devs, Shut up & Sit Down, Mild Rumpos, Indie MEGABOOTH, Film Festival
  • GDC VAULT
$2,199
Conference
  • GDC Conference
  • GDC Expo
  • Connect Meeting Tool & GDC Mentoring
  • Game Career Seminar
  • IGF and Choice Awards
  • GDC Main Stage and Sponsored Content, including Developer Days and Sponsored Sessions
  • Day of the Devs, Shut up & Sit Down, Mild Rumpos, Indie MEGABOOTH, Film Festival
$1,749
Summits
  • GDC Summits
  • GDC Tutorials
  • GDC Expo
  • Connect Meeting Tool & GDC Mentoring
  • Game Career Seminar
  • IGF and Choice Awards
  • GDC Main Stage and Sponsored Content, including Developer Days and Sponsored Sessions
  • Day of the Devs, Shut up & Sit Down, Mild Rumpos, Indie MEGABOOTH, Film Festival
$1,149
Expo Plus
  • GDC Expo
  • Connect Meeting Tool & GDC Mentoring
  • Game Career Seminar
  • IGF and Choice Awards
  • GDC Main Stage and Sponsored Content, including Developer Days and Sponsored Sessions
  • Day of the Devs, Shut up & Sit Down, Mild Rumpos, Indie MEGABOOTH, Film Festival
$449
Expo Pass
  • GDC Expo
  • Game Career Seminar
  • IGF and Choice Awards
  • Day of the Devs, Shut up & Sit Down, Mild Rumpos, Indie MEGABOOTH, Film Festival
$349

For more info, make sure you check out the GDC website.

If you’ve already picked up a pass, make sure to visit one of the various registration booths in the West Hall or South Hall. You will need to bring your photo ID, and each person who purchased a badge will need to come to pick up their own pass.


GDC 2019 sessions and talks

This week at GDC 2019 is jam packed with great talks and sessions for attendees to experience. We chose a few noteworthy sessions, so take a look and plan accordingly.

Monday

  • 'SLAY THE SPIRE': SUCCESS THROUGH MARKETABILITY – 10:00-11:00AM
  • GAME DESIGN WORKSHOP DAY 1 – 10:00AM-6:00PM
  • ANIMATION BOOTCAMP: ANIMATING THE MAIN VILLAIN IN 'MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN' (OR "WHAT, I'M RIGGING HOW MANY LEGS?!") – 1:20-1:50PM

Tuesday

  • CREATING 'DR. GRORDBORT'S INVADERS' FOR MAGIC LEAP ONE – 10:00-11:00AM
  • FIGHTING SEQUELITIS: CREATING COMBAT NPCS FOR 'TOM CLANCY'S THE DIVISION 2' – 10:00-11:00AM
  • 'MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN': A DEEP DIVE INTO THE LOOK CREATION OF MANHATTAN (PRESENTED BY SUBSTANCE) – 12:30-2:00PM

Wednesday

  • 'BATTLEFIELD V' AI DIALOGUE – 9:00-10:00AM
  • PROCEDURAL GENERATION OF CINEMATIC DIALOGUES IN 'ASSASSIN'S CREED ODYSSEY' – 9:00-10:00AM
  • I CAN'T HEAR YOU: CONSIDERING DEAF GAMERS – 10:30-11:00AM

Thursday

  • 'INTO THE BREACH' DESIGN POSTMORTEM – 10:00-11:00AM
  • COMMON PITFALLS OF F2P DEVELOPMENT AND HOW TO AVOID THEM – 10:00-11:00AM
  • A DARK MIND: THE AI OF "THE DARK" IN 'BELOW' – 2:00-2:30PM

Friday

  • A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR GAME DEVELOPERS – 9:00-9:30AM
  • EMPOWER YOUR CHILD TO BECOME A DESIGNER OR DEVELOPER ROUNDTABLE (PRESENTED BY IGDA) – 11:30AM-12:30PM
  • 'CULTIST SIMULATOR': DESIGNING AN EXPERIMENTAL GAME FOR COMMERCIAL SUCCESS – 1:30-2:30PM

For more information, make sure you check out the full schedule on the GDC website.


GDC 2019 is sure to have a ton of great sessions for anyone wanting to learn more about the industry. Make sure you keep an eye on our GDC 2019 hub to see all the latest news from the conference as the week continues.

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Joshua holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and has been exploring the world of video games for as long as he can remember. He enjoys everything from large-scale RPGs to small, bite-size indie gems and everything in between.

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