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GDC 2016 is here and Latin America will be present!

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Next week, thousands of game developers will gather in the most important annual event of the industry: the Game Developers Conference, or GDC.

As every year, the event will take place in the bohemian city of San Francisco, on the west coast of the United States. From March Monday 13th to Friday 17th, both professionals and amateurs will attend lectures, workshops and panel discussions that will be held in the halls of Moscone Center and the surrounding buildings.

Besides academic activities, the GDC Expo runs from Wednesday to Friday: a place where publishers, development studios and technology vendors showcase their products and services to the rest of the industry. There are also business meetings in which development studios seek financing for their projects, while publishers and license owners seek studios to develop their games.

GDC Expo
GDC Expo entrance, always full of industry professionals and amateurs

And of course, there are also several social gatherings and meetups which main purpose is to facilitate the networking, allowing industry actors to meet, talk and grow their contacts network.

It is therefore an unmissable appointment for those seeking to emerge and grow in this industry.

Chileans and Latinos at GDC

When I first attended GDC in 2006, I saw few Latinos at the event.

From Chile, for example, I travelled with Carlos Bordeu and Tiburcio de la Cárcova to represent Wanako Games, and I’m not sure if there was another Chilean company there. Esteban Sosnik, the Wanako Games partner that lived in the United States, joined us there. I remember there was a day when we had lunch with a group of Argentinian friends of him who were at the event, but beyond that group, I do not remember meeting more Latinos.

Ten years later, the picture has changed completely.

This year, for example, there are more than twenty Chilean companies in the appointment, in a delegation that surely exceeds fifty people. I also know that there are many companies travelling from Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, Mexico and Brazil. Besides, I’m sure there are at least a couple of representatives from each of the other countries in the region where the industry has emerged in recent years.

In addition to attending lectures and academic activities, participating in business meetings and enjoying the parties and social gatherings, some of the Latin American delegations also participate with a booth at the GDC Expo.

In the case of Chile, for the fifth consecutive year, it is ProChile who organizes the presence of local developers in the exhibition, together with the Chilean Developers Association or VG Chile. They will be at Booth #118 showing a variety of national games and giving the opportunity to suppliers and publishers from other regions to know the quality of Chilean products and the talent of Chilean professionals.

Chilean Booth at GDC 2014
Chilean Booth at GDC 2014

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Juan Pablo Lastra

Juan Pablo makes videogames since he was 8 and he is a father since 2004. Today, he has three children and he has worked in more than 20 videogames. He got interested on how paternity and the videogame industry are related and he decided to write about it, founding "Papa Game Dev"

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