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GDC Play and the 'Best in Play' awards are back for GDC 2015

The GDC Play emerging dev area returns and 'Best in Play' awards will once again be given during GDC 2015 in San Francisco, with 8 winners getting GDC 2016 passes.

Organizers of the 2015 Game Developers Conference have confirmed the return of the GDC Play emerging/independent developer showcase to the show this year, with the 'Best in Play' awards also returning to the event.

GDC Play, which is still available for potential exhibitors, is a separate area of the San Francisco show that showcases emerging and independent developers with a series of tables and meeting rooms. It will take place from Wednesday, March 4 to Friday, March 6 at Moscone Center during GDC 2015.

GDC Play will once again be situated in the GDC Expo area of Moscone North, in a prominent position alongside the bustling Career Center and Business Center, providing enhanced opportunities for participants to meet with the more than 25,000 attendees at the show in the packed latter half of the GDC week.

Plus, as part of the 'Best in Play' awards program all GDC Play exhibitors will be judged on their in-development or complete games by a panel of veteran GDC organizers and Gamasutra editors. The top 8 will be named 'Best in Play' winners, and all 8 winners will receive 2 All Access Passes to Game Developers Conference 2016. Winners for 'Best in Play' will be announced mid-February.

Special 'Best in Play' designations will be attached to the honorees' GDC Play tables at GDC 2015, where their games will be playable to all GDC attendees. Existing GDC Play exhibitors become eligible for 'Best in Play' when they enter their booth information in the GDC Play Matchmaking Software.

Booth space for GDC Play 2015 is still available via the UBM Tech Game Network's information site. In addition, don't miss your chance to save money by registering early -- the deadline to register for passes at a discounted rate is January 21, 2015.

GDC 2015 itself will take place March 2-6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. For more information on GDC 2015, visit the show's official website, or subscribe to regular updates via Facebook, Twitter, or RSS.

Gamasutra and GDC are sibling organizations under parent UBM Tech.

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