GDC Expands, GDC Next Planned for November in LA

Is GDC trying to split the difference between E3 and PAX? Maybe. The organizers of the Game Developers Conference have announced plans to expand with a new game conference called GDC Next, a brand new developer event to be held this November in Los Angeles.

GDC Next will focus on subjects such as the creation game experiences of the future, platforms on which to do it, and how to go about it. According to the official website of GDC Next, the event is set to bring together “creators of tomorrow’s biggest and most innovative games and getting them to present their best practices to you.”

Set to take place on November 5-7, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (also home to E3), the conference — which does double duty as the spiritual successor to GDC Online — will offer various talks on six different topics: The Future of Gaming, Next Generation Game Platforms, Free-to-Play and New Business Models, Smartphone and Tablet Games, Cloud Gaming, and Independent Games.

The event has confirmed the appearance of Thatgamecompany studio manager Sunni Pavlovic, who plans to discuss the team’s underlying design philosophy in “An Experimental Approach to Interactive Entertainment”. Also confirmed is former Microsoft Studios Creative Director Adam Orth, who plans to talk about toxic online behavior in his presentation, “Mob Rules: The Destructive Power of Opinion and Online Community.” Orth, it should be noted, is notorious for being the #dealwithit guy on Twitter when he made condescending comments about people without reliable Internet access in response complaints last April about Microsoft’s rumored, then confirmed, then ignominiously rescinded Xbox One DRM policies. It is not known at this time if he intends to address the overwhelming consumer revolt against those policies in his speech detracting those who complained about it.

The organizers of GDC Next plan to announce more talks leading up to the event, with a detailed schedule builder planned for the site in the near future.

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