Pocket Guide to GDC 2016!


 

 

It’s on! Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2016 is only a few days away. Hailed by many as one of the most important events on the gaming industry, we might expect lots of new games, hardware and the rise of virtual reality. So if you are dropping by GDC of course you don’t want to miss out on anything, but since we still can’t be at two places at the same time we’ve created a shortlist for the event! 

 

1- Sessions  

GDC 2016 will have lots of sessions regarding the gaming market. From mobile to consoles, from casual gamers to hardcore gamers, there is knowledge available for every intellectual taste. Business? Tech? Marketing? Here we selected some of the top sessions that will happen at GDC 2016:

 

  • Mobile Momentum and New Tools of the Trade (Presented by Google)
  • Secret Sauce for Game Success (Presented by Google)
  • What to do when your game is being pirated in Asia
  • Math for Game Programmers: Fighting With Spherical Coordinates For Military Training
  • Awesome Video Game Data 2016
  • From Idea to Appstore: Building Successful Cross Platform Games (Presented by Amazon)

 

 

2- Virtual Reality

GDC will probably lean towards Virtual Reality. VR will change the way gamers interact with games. Currently there is four main devices that are receiving huge attention from the media: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR and Samsung Gear. All of them work with a PC or Phone, with the exception of the Playstation, which needs a PS4 to work. Prices range from $599 to $999. Google also entered this market, albeit with a much more affordable option: Cardboard. So expect amazing things to come from these companies in the near future.

 

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3- New Games

Regarding mobile games, one of the top attractions will be the new Supercell game, Clash Royale. Extremely playable but with hidden attractions, generous in the free mode but offering lots of reasons to spend cash, Clash Royale finds itself in the same sweet spot between hardcore and casual as Clash of Clans.

There is also the incredible success of the KK:Hollywood app, from Glu. Portraying the american celebrity Kim Kardashian, the game has generated $ 71.8 million of revenue for Glu, or 30% of the company’s gross revenue, leading the charts in both Google Play and Appstore for weeks. This also shows the potential of monetization and user acquisition, two things that RevMob dominates. We will also be at the GDC, booth #2236. Visit us and discover a whole new world, either if you are an advertiser or a developer and don’t forget to bring sun glasses. San Francisco is just breathtaking this time of the year 🙂

 

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