European Game Showcase at GDC 2023 FAQ
Date/time: 21 March 2023, 16:00 – 20:00h
Location: Swissnex, Pier 17, The Embarcadero #800, San Francisco, CA 94111
The event is not on the GDC expo floor and being selected for the European Game Showcase does not include a GDC ticket.
The event provides the opportunity for publishers, press and partners to exclusively scout the newest productions from Europe and mix and mingle in a personal atmosphere with selected attendees.
The event provides the opportunity for developers, to showcase their new games to publishers, press, and partners, and mix and mingle in a personal atmosphere with select attendees.
Who is organizing this?
The main organization team of the event is (in alphabetical order) Dajana Dimovska, Eva Gaspar, Tobias Kopka, and Alessandra van Otterlo. The European Game Showcase receives support from a wide range of people and organizations across Europe, including Jakub Marszałkowski, Hanna Marszałkowska, Oliver Miescher, Micaela Romanini, Marco Accordi Rickards and Simon Barratt.
Why are we organizing this?
This initiative spawned as an idea of four individuals with a developer and events organizer background who wanted to help European developers get better visibility and contacts to press, publishers, and strategic partners at GDC. This event is an initiative of us as individuals but we are highly open to extending the reach and scope regarding more organizers and supporters from more participating countries.
Want to support us?
If you want to help us by organizing, sponsoring, communicating, or volunteering, please contact us via europeangameshowcase [at] gmail [dot] com
You can submit all kinds of video games for all kinds of platforms, as long as the game is not yet released before GDC 2023. Submissions have to be done by the developer (not a publisher or another third party). The primary contact person also has to be the developer.
How can I submit my game?
You can submit your game via the online form. You can find the details and the link to the form on the European Game Showcase 2023 page.
From which countries do you show games this year
In the future, we hope to get more people and more regions involved (see also under “Why is my country not included), but for the fifth edition, the selection will consist of games developed in Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
Why is my country not included?
The European Game Showcase is a non-profit organization, so when expanding on countries, we need local help. If you know someone from your country/region who would be willing to help us in distributing the open call, curating the games for the region, and helping us to find sponsors to cover costs? Please let them contact us via europeangameshowcase [at] gmail [dot] com
Do I have to be present during the event?
You, the developer, needs to be present during the event hours (see the top of this FAQ). For further information on team size etc, please see below in the ‘The event’ section of the FAQ.
What is the cost?
Signing up for the Open call has no fee, but when you are selected we ask you to help cover a small part of the cost: €125 (ex VAT & ticketing fees) per game. Please note that you have to pay for your own trip to GDC and any other additional costs.
All selected developers will get a free MeetToMatch GDC account (value of around €90). They can use the MeetToMatch system to plan meetings during the entire GDC week.
Swissnex, Pier 17, The Embarcadero #800, San Francisco, CA 94111
Swissnex Covid Rules
Please note that Swissnex follows local Covid guidelines.
What do we have to do to prepare for the EGS?
When you arrive there will be a table for you to showcase on, but you need to bring your own hardware, monitors, etc. to showcase your game. Please make sure you arrive 1 hour prior to the event, to make sure everything is running smoothly when the event starts.
Can I showcase remotely?
We are selecting developers going to GDC first and foremost as EGS is an on-site event.
Why are you not going online or hybrid?
EGS is geared towards providing next-level connections for people going to GDC in a curated and well-maintained space. This works best if people can meet face to face.
Do I really have to be on-site?
How many team members can we bring?
You can bring max 1 team member. This will allow you to showcase your game in the best possible way, without getting too crowded.
Can we leave our equipment at the site or do we have to dismantle it after the EGS?
You can’t leave anything at the venue, so you need to take everything with you after the event is over.
When can I start setting up?
Exact information on this will be announced at a later date, but setup will probably start around 14:00h.
Do we have space for a banner or something similar?
You’ll have space for one roll-up banner.
Will there be some dedicated space for VR?
Yes, we do have space to show a couple of VR games as well.
Do we need special insurance?
We are not responsible for any damages or losses to any of your belongings, so please make sure you are insured.
Who gets invited to the EGS?
All organizers have an extensive network in the international games industry and they will use this network to invite people to this event.
If you know any press, publishers, platform holders, or others that you think should be on the guest list, please let us know and fill out this online form.
If my game gets picked, can I invite people to this event?
If you want to invite certain press, publishers, or strategic partners, please add them to the guest list via this online form.
How will the press, publishers, and partners learn about this event?
We will use our network to invite the press, publishers, and partners to the event. If you have important leads, you can add them to the guest list via this online form.
How do we get tickets to this event?
This event will be invite only. If you are a member of the press, a publisher, platform holder, or a potential strategic partner, please fill out this online form.
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