However, in recent years, the conference has attracted thousands of new worldwide visitors, thanks to its unique position in the hip, culture-friendly city and its nurturing of major emerging topics —from social network games through virtual goods and beyond. Its ability to track forward-facing trends and best practices in online and connected gaming, including design, technical, and business takeaways, makes GDC Online unique among game conferences.
With visionary keynotes, expo hall, and vital networking events in one of America’s most creative and independent locations, GDC Online serves as an international hub for developers and business professionals to learn how to take advantage of opportunities in the connected and social gaming space.
For four days this October, GDC Online will feature enlightening business development talks, deep-dive technical sessions on programming for connected games, and an expo hall that brings together leading publishers, tool-vendors and service providers for online and social games.
Therefore, newly monikered to better reflect its focus on the dynamic online gaming market - one that has seen an explosion of growth of non-traditional gamers — GDC Online will return to the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas on October 5-8, 2010.
"All the GDC events in Austin have built a strong reputation for engaging the online development community, and for serving as an essential forum for developers to learn and network. We’re proud to say that GDC Online will continue this legacy," says Izora de Lillard, Event Director, GDC Online, "Whether you’re an up-and-coming social game developer, an experienced online game creator looking for technical gems, or a business professional looking to expand into the online game space, GDC Online will be the place to be on October 5-8."
The call for submissions for GDC Online will open in late spring 2010. For more information on the event, please visit www.GDCOnline.com. [February 11, 2010]
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