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Austin Game Conference (AGC) Debuts on September 21st-22nd, 2016

April 11, 2016 / 1:17 PM

By: Matthew Williams


Video game developers, technologists, and business professionals: be sure to block out September 21st – 22nd of this year. Austin, TX has a new game conference, and it is one you are surely familiar with. Formerly known as the Austin Game Developers Conference (AKA: GDC Austin/GDC Online) in between 2005-2012, this major event has been re-branded as the Austin Game Conference (AKA: AGC).

After being temporarily defunct for three years, the AGC leadership team is ready to revive the “largest event dedicated to serving the needs of online game developers” from the dead. With previous average annual attendances of 3,000, the city of Austin (known for being the fourth largest game development hub in the U.S.) has been in desperate need of a major flagship game conference to host for the past few years. While Austin is known to regularly host consumer-facing conferences/conventions (like RTX and SXSW Gaming), a more ‘industry-focused’ event is what the city has needed for a while.

This year’s theme, “Running Live: Game Development Evolved”, will aim to offer insight into the “development of participatory games with real-time engagement between developers, players, and spectators”. This will include seminars and discussions from renowned speakers in the following areas: business/production/live, virtual reality/augmented reality, design, and audience participating (streaming and eSports).

The AGC is backed by a robust group of gaming industry veterans, such as Rich Vogel (Executive Producer, BattleCry Studios), Allen Brack (Executive Producer/Senior Vice President, Blizzard Entertainment) and many more. In addition, the conference already has its first major sponsor: Electronic Arts!

If you are interested in attending, you have until July 29th to quality for the Super Early Registration rate of $249. After that, rates will go up incrementally by $100 throughout various time periods. On-site registration will cost you $549, so be sure to book your pass before then. The AGC registration link can be found below.

Austin Game Conference (AGC) Registration Link

About the author /

Matthew, a graduate from Texas Christian University, now works as a Senior Digital Analytics Consultant for Ernst & Young. With a passion for video games (mostly retro and survival horror) and data, Matthew is pursuing a career in game analytics.

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