PDGC II: The Devs Strike Back

WHERE IS IT

Completely FREE and Digitally on Discord.

Specifically: THIS SERVER


WHEN IS IT

February 2nd to 5th, 2017. Thursday to Sunday.

Starts:

2/2/17 Midnight 12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

Ends:

2/5/17 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Here is the OFFICIAL SCHEDULE!


THEME FOR PDGC II

The Devs Strike Back!

The theme will focus on the development process and give budding developers more of a chance to shine and show off their projects and what they can really do. The guest speakers will give their words of advice and insight, as before, while many of them will delve into the development cycle, proper project management, marketing, the basics, and even the more advanced necessities. This will culminate to a single theme that Zettabyte MPR has dubbed the “PDGC II: The Devs Strike Back!”.


What Is The Power-Up Digital Games Conference?

The Conference (PDGC) is to help educate and inspire new developers, indie developers, aspiring game testers, or anyone willing to listen to words of wisdom among the industry.

No travel, no hotels, no need to leave the house. Since it’s on Discord, you can attend via your computer or your smartphone. It’s not often you can attend a Conference in your jammies.

The entire point of the use of a digital format is to allow for anyone to drop in and drop out at their leisure, which is useful when the Conference takes place through day and night. The chat app, Discord, allows for multiple discussions at once in different rooms, or even a verbal keynote speaker to talk freely, without the need to type. The point of a digital Conference is to allow anyone to join, from anywhere in the world, at any time; day or night. Discord has a desktop app, mobile app, and can be accessed from any browser as well, so it gives the most open and inclusive capabilities out there, no matter who, where, or what you are.

We’ve been to a lot of Conferences and Conventions and understand that it’s difficult to get into panels and keynote speeches, and sometimes you have to sacrifice which panel to attend to see another, or miss a discussion to go hang with a friend. We have multiple rooms open within our server to handle multiple options at once, and you can move between them easily to keep up with conversations going on within each stage.

This year, the PDGC is expected to be more eventful and full of guest speakers. During the first PDGC, 22 special guests attended and spoke (sometimes more than once), giving their expert opinions and experiences to newcomers in the games industry and anyone just willing to learn. Out of those, we have confirmed 15 of them will be joining the PDGC again:

In addition to the returning guests, the PDGC II will feature an additional slew of nineteen newcomers to the event, including:

Events During The PDGC II

Panels will be a new feature among the talks. During the Conference, we will feature either Panels of Special Guests speaking about a topic, or allow attendees to discuss specific topics verbally. The first two to be announced are:

  • “Restoring the Classics – Turok, System Shock, Fallout, and Rise of the Triad”
    • Classic games are being remade left and right. Find out more detail on the past and the future of them from those in the know.
    • Thursday, February 2nd @ 6PM EST
    • Featuring Stephen Kick, Jason Fader, and Dave Oshry
  • “Legends of RPG”
    • Some of the game industry’s most legendary figures join together to talk about Role Playing Games, gaming as a whole, what the future holds, and any type of tangent they find.
    • Sunday, February 5th @ Midnight EST
    • Featuring Rebecca Heineman, Greg Zeschuk, Gregory MacMartin, Neal Hallford, Jason Fader, and Richie Bisso.

Constant chat discussion will go within the text channels, asking various questions to be answered by attendees in intellectual conversation.

During the event, developers will have the ability to show off their games and projects via text channels and Twitch (which, with permission, will be hosted via official streams for viewing). Constant chat discussion will go within the text channels, asking various questions to be answered by attendees.

Official Partners with the PDGC include: Discord, Indie Collaborative Games, PowerUp Games, ProjectMQ, and (of course) Zettabyte MPR.

In addition to the Conference, there will be a GoFundMe set up for donations to great causes. Proceeds will be split between Stack-Up, IGDA Foundation, and Zettabyte MPR at fair percentages, so everyone gets a little bit.

Trolls and bullies are handled with a mighty ban hammer, so conversations can take place safely and freely as anyone wishes. We do NOT tolerate this kind of behavior. At all.

Stay tuned for more and subscribe to our Twitter and Facebook for updates!

See the official press release for the PDGC II HERE.

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