Unreal Engine | GDC 2020

In less than two months, this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) will kick off in San Francisco, and with the next generation of consoles on their way, we couldn’t be more excited! 

GDC is one of our favorite times of the year, where we get the chance to catch you up on the State of Unreal in our keynote, and unveil all-new technology developments that will be coming your way down the road. It’s also a great opportunity to find out what talented teams around the world are doing to realize their creative ambitions and achieve success. And of course, our booth is the perfect venue for networking, socializing, and generally having a whole lot of fun.

Please save the date for the sessions below. 

Epic Games’ State of Unreal

Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA, 700 Howard Street | Wednesday, March 18 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Be a part of What’s Next! Join Epic Games and special guests as we reveal technological advancements that will open up a new generation of creative possibilities, freeing teams of all sizes to defy limits and redefine what they are able to achieve. Plus, get the latest news on Epic Online Services, the Epic Games Store, Epic MegaGrants, and more.GDC attendees with an Expo Pass Plus or higher are invited to attend. Can’t make it in person? Join our livestream at and get all the news as it happens.  

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Tech Talks

Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA, 700 Howard Street | Wednesday, March 13

Getting ready for next-gen? There’s never been a better time to get an in-depth look into how Unreal Engine can help you create stunning games that will take advantage of everything the new hardware has to offer. Don’t miss our series of Tech Talks that will provide insights into today’s powerful toolset and a glimpse at what’s around the corner. 

Unreal Engine for Next-Gen Games 
12:30 PM  – 1:30 PM
Take a look at new and existing Unreal Engine features designed for next-gen game development.

The Future of Unreal Rendering 
2:15 PM  – 3:00 PM
Get a sneak peek at yet-to-be-released Unreal Engine rendering technology.

The Evolution of Real-Time VFX with Unreal Engine’s Niagara 
3:30 PM  – 4:30 PM
Join us for an in-depth look into the next phase of development and innovation.

Building Worlds in Fortnite with Unreal Engine 
5:00 PM  – 6:00 PM
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Moscone Convention Center, 747 Howard Street
Wednesday, March 18 & Thursday, March 19 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday, March 20 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Unreal Engine booth, South 349

Visit our booth and be the first to see the latest cutting-edge Unreal Engine tech at our demo stations, and meet the devs behind the code to get your questions answered. Plus, our community team and evangelists will be there and would love to chat about how you can better tap into our resources and get involved in our user groups.

Want to get up to speed on topics like Sky and Atmosphere, Niagara VFX, Chaos Physics and Gameplay, Environment Building, and Quixel with some free training? Epic staff will be delivering rotating presentations for all three days of the expo in our Learning Theater.

Games. Jobs. Beer. South 327

Drop in at South 327, where you can check out dozens of awesome games and meet the developers behind them face-to-face, find plenty of tasty snacks and cold beer, and network for career opportunities. Blog_Body_Image_14.jpg

Additional sessions

Moscone Convention Center, 747 Howard Street

But wait, there’s more! If you’re in the process of—or thinking about—moving to Unreal Engine, you won’t want to miss our crash course. Plus, find out more about cross-play from our Epic Online Services team, and get answers to your burning questions and a glimpse of the road ahead for the Epic Games Store.

Epic Games Store: An Update and Q&A
Wednesday, March 18 | 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | West Hall, Room 2020
Find out where the store is today, a year after launch, and learn what to expect in the future.

Crash Course for Studios New to Unreal Engine
Thursday, March 19 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM | West Hall, Room 3001
Moving to Unreal Engine? Learn the best practices and essential features for success.

Why Cross-Play Matters
Thursday, March 19 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | West Hall, Room 2000
This panel session discusses the benefits and challenges of supporting cross-platform play, progression, and purchasing. 

Deconstructing Fortnite’s Cross-Platform Experience
Thursday, March 19  | 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM | West Hall, Room 2000
Hear what it takes to build and operate cross-play and cross-progression games.

Remember to bookmark our event page, which will be updated with more information in the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing you at GDC 2020!

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