All this week, we have been discussing how to make the most out of GDC, and with today being Friday, it’s time for the big event to wind down and for everyone to go their separate ways to return home. We hope you had success at GDC 2015, but if it didn’t go as well as you wish it would have, there are things you can do to ensure that next year will be more of a success. Below are the things you can do starting today to prepare for next year’s GDC. If you wish? You can take these tips to your next gaming convention (even E3) and put them into practice early!
Book everything early
The moment you know the date and location of GDC 2016 (which will almost certainly be in San Francisco during March), book everything ahead of time. This means if possible, book your airline tickets early (if you are flying), purchase your ticket, book your hotel – do everything extra early. Not only will this save you a lot monetarily for next year, but it will also save you a lot of potential headache.
Work on having your own booth
Seriously, that’s an awesome goal to have! Instead of going as another attendee next year, why not showcase your upcoming indie game with a booth? We’ve mentioned setting up a booth at a trade show before, so we’re not going to go into the details too much right now, but know that planning ahead is key. That means bringing an assortment of items that you would never think you would need until the big day: pens, surge protectors – little things like that. Moreover…
Have an awesome demo to show off next year
You also need to have an awesome demo to showcase at the next GDC. If possible, be sure that everyone can play your indie game without having to rely on Wi-Fi or mobile data. I don’t know about you, but every time I got to a conference like GDC, the Wi-Fi and 4G is absolutely atrocious. Be sure that your demo never has to download data once, allowing you to have a flawless demo that everyone can play right away.
Also, be sure that the device running your demo is working at its best. The last thing you want to happen is for it to stop working, and making the entire trip a waste. Plan ahead is key, so be sure that before you make the trip to GDC 2016, everything is working properly.
Perfect your pitch
Practice pitching your indie game on friends and family. Whenever someone walks up to you and asks you to tell them about your indie game, you do not want to be stammering and stuttering throughout the pitch. Sell them on what you are offering! Learn to describe your indie game as optimally with as few words of possible. Reference one of our past articles detailing how to master an elevator pitch for your indie game to guide you through this.
Schedule meetups early
Finally, schedule meetups with peers early. Those people that you met at GDC this year? Meet with them again next year by scheduling a meetup a few months in advance. It’s the best way to ensure that you get meet even more people next year than last year, and will allow you to set yourself up for success early at GDC 2016!
We’ve just scratched the surface on preparing for next year’s GDC, so we want to turn the conversation over to you guys. Do you have any questions about planning ahead for next year’s GDC? Let us know in the comments below!