Game Developers Conference officials added eSports to the GDC 2015 Summit lineup for a simple reason: eSports events are on the rise, and they're bigger than ever.
Just this year, noted eSports organization ESL One Frankfurt put 12,500 Dota 2 fans into a World Cup football stadium in Frankfurt, and ESL's James Lampkin will explain how you can put together your own independent event of similar size at GDC 2015.
His talk, "Challenges and Strategies for Hosting Massive Independent eSports Events", should offer useful insight into how you can break free from the publisher marketing budget funding paradigm and build a successful standalone eSports event of your very own. Holmes and Dinkin's talk is part of the new one-day eSports Summit, just one of the eight that will take place Monday, March 2nd and Tuesday, March 3rd at the Moscone Center in San Francisco during the first two days of GDC 2015.
Full details on this session and many others can be perused on the list of all announced talks available now in the online GDC 2015 Session Scheduler, where you can begin to plan out your conference week and later export it to the up-to-the-minute GDC Mobile App, coming soon. And as 2014 winds to a close, conference officials look forward to announcing many more GDC 2015 sessions spanning a diverse array of game industry issues in the months ahead.
For now, don't miss the opportunity 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.
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