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March 1st, 2013

Game Developers Conference logoThe Game Developers Conference (GDC), produced by the UBM Tech Game Network, returns to San Francisco’s Moscone Center from March 25th to the 29th. The special “Summits, Tutorials & Bootcamps” are set for the 25th and 26th, and the exciting GDC Expo for the 27th through the 29th. The world’s biggest and oldest event for the game industry is also the most exclusive, as it has always been a professionals-only get-together.

What began as a modest “get-together” now draws over 22,000 artists, coders, producers, audio engineers, game designers, and others. It’s where visionaries join decision-makers to dream up new ideas and shape the future of the industry. If your firm is presenting or attending any of the 400 tutorials, lectures, or round-tables on game development, it’s time to finalize your choice of trade show convention rentals or get the mobile tools you need as an empowered attendee for note-taking and networking.

The future is bright

The GDC Expo is the premier high-tech showcase for both the heavy hitters and the up-and-comers of the industry. The ongoing evolution of game development platforms, operating systems, utilities, networking, and peer-to-peer services drives the industry as a whole forward. It also spurs other industries to keep pace by developing new devices and updating “standards” like PCs and the iMac.

The 14th Annual Independent Games Festival will be at GDC, too, with original games competing for attention from publishers in attendance. Capping off a great week will be the 12th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the ultimate stamp of peer-recognition in the digital games industry.

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A quarter-century of progress

The GDC celebrated its Silver (25th) Anniversary in 2011. Originally focused on computer games, the conference has had to diversify to keep up with the exponential growth in all relevant tech sectors: handheld devices, gaming consoles, smart phones, tablet devices like our iPad rental, the Internet, and (coming full circle) computers.

Year after year, in niche after niche, the GDC introduces innovation to the gaming world, while continuing to update that world’s collective vision of the future of gaming. Valued at nearly $75 billion in 2011, according to Gartner Research, the gaming industry is on track to make some $115 billion in 2015. Game developers are also driving advances in cloud computing.

Zillions of pixels on the way

Before long, next-generation processors, even in a basic PC desktop computer rental, will be powerful enough for 3D rendering at two to four times today’s screen resolutions. Speaking of screens, there are exciting things coming with flexible displays and other sci-fi-style gizmos, so visit us regularly, right here at the CRE blog, and we’ll keep you updated. As for interactive games, no matter which ones hit it big on the Xbox or the MacBook, they will doubtless add more billions to the industry’s total haul. Perhaps our headline could have used one more word: Games are very serious business.

We’re serious, too, about providing you the right solution at the right time—everything from the industry’s finest inventory of event production rentals to hard-to-find post-production technology. Call us at (877) 266-7725, send us a message or, if you know what you need, use our Quick Rental Quote page. We’re ready when you are!

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