The Game Developer Conference in San Francisco has often been described as the Mecca of game development. The yearly conference sees dozens of speakers and thousands of game developers coming together to refine their craft, share their experiences and meet others that have dedicated their lives to the medium. Registrations for the next conference – the 30th GDC – are open, and it has been announced to run from March 14th-18th, 2016.
There are substantial challenges a developer in India faces to attend the event; the Game Designers Network India hopes to eliminate a few of these this time around though. They have announced a scholarship that will help reduce the cost of attending the conference, providing those that are selected with an all access pass (worth approximately $1,600). The pass will give access to, among other things, over 400 lectures, panels and roundtables, the GDC Expo Floor, the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Choice Awards ceremonies, and a GDC Vault subscription.
Travel and accommodation will still have to be covered by the participants – the GDNI provided an estimate cost of Rs 1.5 lakh for those who book early. The selection of those who receive the scholarship will be done through a committee.
Prospective applicants must:
- Be 18 by March 13th, 2016
- Be either an Citizen of India, an OCI card holder, or a Person of Indian Origin
- Currently work in the game industry or be working to get into the game industry
They must also submit a statement of why they want to attend GDC and how attending GDC will help them. The last date for application is November 9th, 2015.
If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, you can find the application form here. Further queries can be addressed to gamedesignersnetworkindia(at)gmail.com