GDC 2019: Dev Days

This year we've focused on four key solutions to help you dream big and build bigger: Backend Services, Analytics, Developer Tools and Business Success.

Two days. Twelve sessions. All things Game Tech. What does that mean? That means everything from how to build computationally-ridiculous games in the Cloud to growing your game with Twitch. We'll kick things off with Rich Hilleman's inspirational keynote “Video Games as Punk Rock: A History of Innovation.”

Moscone West Hall, Room 3001

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Amazon Game Tech Keynote | Video Games as Punk Rock: A History of Innovation

Monday, March 18, 10-11am | Join industry veteran Rich Hilleman (Madden NFL, Tiger Woods Golf, +200 others) for a punk rock-infused look at the past, present, and future of innovation in the video game industry. Learn how the constant tension between creative vision and technical limitation has generated some of the most amazing games and entertainment experiences of all time.

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  • Monday Dev Day Sessions  

    10 - 11am

    Video Games as Punk Rock: A History of Innovation

    Join industry veteran Rich Hilleman (Madden NFL, Tiger Woods Golf, +200 others) for a punk rock-infused look at the past, present, and future of innovation in the video game industry. Learn how the constant tension between creative vision and technical limitation has generated some of the most amazing games and entertainment experiences of all time. What does the future of the industry hold? What technologies will be driving innovation in the future? Join us for this inspiring talk to kick off two days of education and innovation.

    11:20am - 12:20pm

    Building Computationally-Ridiculous Games in the Cloud

    No matter the size or budget of your studio, the cloud is providing opportunities that weren't possible even five years ago. Hear from industry veterans John Smedley (Everquest, H1Z1), Louis Castle (Command & Conquer, Boom Blox), Patrick Gilmore (Medal of Honor, Killer Instinct), and Rich Hilleman (Need for Speed, Madden) to learn how the AWS Cloud has changed the way they approach game development.


    12:30 - 1pm 

    Lunch Break

    1:20 - 2:20 pm   

    Making Big Decisions with Big Data

    Player happiness should never be left to chance. And without the right data, how do you know if your game delivers what your players want most? Learn how analytics solutions from AWS, Twitch, Lumberyard, and Amazon Moments can help you build (and refine) content that players truly enjoy.

    2:40 - 3:40pm

    Don't Break the Internet: How to Quickly Scale to Meet Player Demand

    Millions of concurrent players. Hundreds of thousands of downloads each day. A global community of players. Games test the limits of scaling infrastructure, and with just one misstep, your biggest fans can become unhappy players. Hear from the AWS teams who support studios that push the limits of scale like Epic Games, King, Rovio, and Ubisoft and how you can keep your game up and running.

    4 - 5pm

    Grow Your Game with Twitch

    Using Twitch to reach customers is a given, but now you can break through in all new ways. In this session, learn how to empower your streamers to win you customers through tournament creation tools, in-Twitch game invites, and much more.

    5:30 - 6:30 pm

    “Alexa, give your game a voice”

    Voice is a new gaming frontier. Pioneers of voice games are reimagining a whole new way to engage players, feeding their curiosity with new ways to play—including interactive adventures, family-friendly games, quiz games, and much more. Explore how to use voice-first games with Alexa, reaching customers through tens of millions of Alexa devices. Learn about tools you can use to create engaging voice games and hear how other developers like you are pushing boundaries.

  • Tuesday Dev Day Sessions 

    10 - 11am

    Twitch for Games Playbook

    Game developers around the world are using Twitch to make games more interactive and entertaining including hits like Overwatch, PUBG, and FIFA along with indie games like Dead Cells. This session dives in to explore best practices and easy ways to integrate Twitch into your game regardless of where you are at in your development lifecycle.

    11:20am - 12:20pm

    Creating Player Engagement Through Content, Competition, and Conversation

    Keeping players engaged is critical to your game's long term success. By using smarter AI, intelligent conversations, and dynamic content you can engage and entertain players day after day. Learn new ways to leverage technologies from Twitch, AWS, Alexa and more to deliver in-game real world prizing, easy to set up tournaments, and influence marketing.

    12:30 - 1pm 

    Lunch Break

    1:20 - 2:20 pm   

    Getting Started with Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

    We're finally at the point when ML and AI are accessible to all kinds of game developers. Learn how AWS can help you engage and retain players by identifying trends, A/B testing, and even spotting abnormal player behavior in real-time. And the best part is you can start using them today.

    2:40 - 3:40pm

    Creating Customized Game Events with Machine Learning

    Video games define our era. Players generate extremely rich behavioral datasets that constitute an ideal playground to understand human behavior. With this unique source of information, ML can explore social and consumer dynamics as well as predict user behaviors. Learn how Yokozuna Data, a Keywords studio and AWS customer, is helping game developers like you take preventive actions aimed at maximizing player engagement to create optimal and personalized game experiences.

    4 - 5pm

    Multiplayer Made Easy: How to Deliver Fast, Friction-less, and Engaging Experiences

    Players will go elsewhere if you're not providing a smooth, stable and entertaining multiplayer experience. Whether it's co-op or PVP, multiplayer games depend on reliable infrastructure and engagement strategies to keep players playing. Join experts from AWS, GameOn, and GameLift to learn how to connect and engage players from all over the world.

    5:30 - 6:30 pm

    Global Operations: How Zynga Scales its Databases to Support Millions of Players

    A game’s database layer is critical to success. From level progression to items gathered, every move your players make generates data that must be safely stored and continually updated. Join Wilson Gee, Zynga Principal Software Engineer and Sailesh Krishnamurthy, General Manager of Amazon Aurora, to learn how Zynga achieves global scale and high availability using Amazon Aurora, a MySQL-compatible relational database from AWS.

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