March in San Francisco may bring thoughts to its residents of the start of spring. But for hardcore gamers like us, it makes us think of only one thing: it’s time for GDC!
Every year, the Game Developers Conference (GDC), held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, is a cornerstone of ModSquad’s March planning. The event, which takes place from March 19 to 23, draws 26,000 people from the video game field, along with some of their most ardent devotees, in a gathering to celebrate and explore the latest innovations in the industry.
ModSquad’s GDC team this year comprises VP Sales Clive Jefferies and SVP Global Operations Rich Weil, a veteran of many, many GDCs. As Rich has noted time and again, GDC keeps getting bigger and better with each passing installment, and this one looks to continue that tradition. Rich and Clive will be joined by others in the ModSquad family, meeting with friends, clients, partners, and potential clients as they continue their work helping today’s top game publishers save money, scale their services, and provide top-notch support to players. If you’re attending, set aside a few minutes to say hi to the team.
Must-See Panels at GDC 2018
Here are some of the panels and presentations we’re looking forward to and think you’ll enjoy, too.
|Bridging Community Divides in Cross-Platform MMOs
Tuesday, March 20, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
|Why we’re excited: We’ve often said that when you’re managing player communities, you have to be on top of (excuse the pun) your game. In this discussion, reps from Daybreak, Trion, NetEase, and Guild Software discuss their tips and tricks for effective community engagement across multiple platforms. Find out more…|
|Mitigating Abuse Before It Happens
Tuesday, March 20, 11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
|Why we’re excited: Sometimes the best course of action for community managers is to formulate a comprehensive proactive plan, to quell any problems before they appear. We’ll hear how companies like Microsoft and flaregames work to avoid bad user behavior. Find out more…|
|Juggle ALL THE THINGS! Community Managing Tons of Games
Tuesday, March 20, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
|Why we’re excited: We’ve managed many, many player communities over the years, and we’re well aware of the responsibilities and challenges facing community managers in the video game world. We’re intrigued to hear speakers from Trion, Blizzard, Daxnd Games, Klei Entertainment, and Jump Gaming share ways they overcome resource issues and set player expectations. Find out more…|
|Community Marketing and Management at Your Best and Worst Times
Thursday, March 22, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
|Why we’re excited: Our community managers work closely with clients to ensure consistent messaging across all platforms. This discussion from Paradox Interactive discusses the ways in which companies similarly partner their marketing efforts with their community initiatives. Find out more…|