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GDC 2020

Like previous years, the Game Developers Conference was originally planned for March. However, due to the coronavirus, it was postponed. Organizers hoped to revive the show in August as GDC Summer, but as the health crisis continues to be an issue, it will now be digital-only.

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The 2020 Game Developers Conference was originally planned for this week. Due to the coronavirus, the whole event was essentially cancelled. We did hear that something would likely take place later this summer, and first details on the new event have surfaced.

Known as GDC Summer 2020, the event will be “a three-day celebration of the art, craft and business of game development”. Attendees can expect “the same high level of expert-led talks as the traditional GDC, along with a freestyle two-day expo show floor”.

We have additional information about GDC Summer 2020 below.

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GDC 2020 was cancelled, but the annual awards “ceremony” was held tonight. This time around, the event was live streamed online in place of an in-person gathering.

Untitled Goose Game came away with the big prize, taking home “Game of the Year”. Baba Is You also picked up a couple of awards.

Here’s the full lineup of winners:

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This week on NEP, we’re all over the Yacht Club Presents video unveiling Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon, and further details on Shovel Knight Dig, Cyber Shadow and more! Also, how about this new Samurai Jack game. Kinda… a few years late, no? Plus, we discuss the news of GDC 2020 being postponed, Platinum Games’ newest announcements, and so many more games to share our impressions. Come hang out.

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The video game industry tends to have a few big events every year. You’ve got the major expos like E3 and Gamescom, but GDC is another important staple. It’s a chance for developers to connect, show off their games, and share the latest news.

Unfortunately, GDC 2020 won’t be taking place as originally scheduled. Organizers for the event have announced that it has been postponed to this summer. Many attendees started to pull out over the past couple of weeks amid concerns from the coronavirus, so it makes sense to hold off for the time being.

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Nintendo is returning to GDC with a brand new session. During the panel, producer Hisashi Nogami and director Aya Kyogoku will discuss the creation of the Switch game.

Here’s some additional information about the event:

As has become a yearly tradition, GDC published its “2020 State of the Game Industry Report” today. Ahead of the big event in March, roughly 4,000 developers were surveyed about a number of different topics. Information from the report “provides a snapshot of the game industry and highlights big industry shifts”.

Below are the Nintendo-related survey results:

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Ahead of the 20th annual Game Developers Choice Awards in March, the full list of nominees were announced today. A number of Nintendo-related games are included, such a Untitled Goose Game with four nominations. 

Here’s the full lineup:

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