Pub Club GDC Ticket Contest Is Now Live

Pub Club GDC Ticket Contest Is Now Live

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The 2011 Game Developers Conference begins February 28th in San Francisco and we have 4 tickets to give away to some lucky Publisher's Club members. Not a member yet? Now is a great time to become one!

What's the Game Developers Conference?

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world's largest professionals-only game industry event. GDC celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and serves as a testament of how far the industry has come and a celebration of its bright future.

GDC attracts over 18,000 attendees, and is the primary forum for programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry. GDC is produced by the UBM TechWeb Game Network.

This market-defining conference features over 400 lectures, panels, tutorials and round-table discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development topics taught by leading industry experts. In addition, the GDC expo showcases all of the most relevant game development tools, platforms and services helping to drive the industry forward. The conference also features the twelfth annual Independent Games Festival, where new, unpublished games compete for the attention of the publishing community, and the tenth annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the premier accolades for peer-recognition in the digital games industry.

How to Participate

  • All Publisher's Club members above the age of 18.
  • In 100 words or less, tell us why you would like to go to GDC.
  • Please note, if you don't think you will be able to make it to GDC this year, please don't enter. This will give those who are able to go a better chance of winning a ticket.

The Prize

1 of 4 GDC Expo Floor Tickets!

All winners will be chosen by The Escapist staff on Monday, February 14th based on the most compelling response. Potential winners will have 24 hours to respond. Failure to do so will negate their entry and another winner will be chosen. If after 3 attempts no winner is chosen, The Escapist has the right to send all prizes back to its vendors.

Please note, this is only for the ticket! Travel, lodging and all other needs are yours to handle and pay for.

To begin, enter your reasoning below!

Become a Pub Club Member Today!

Free event tickets are just a small part of what Publisher's Club members receive. We work hard to include benefits that include discounts for vendors, exclusive videos and elimination of ads, just to name a few. For a list of your bonuses and discounts, click here.

The Legal Stuff

By participating in the contest, contestants grant Themis Media the right to print, publish, broadcast and use worldwide in any media now known or hereafter developed, including, without limitation, the World Wide Web, at any time or times, the submission of text and the contestant's name, as news or for public information and education without additional consideration or compensation. The entry becomes the property of Themis Media and will not be returned. Entrants surrender copyright and all interests therein of their submissions to Themis Media with the understanding that the materials may be used for promotional purposes.

Participation in the contest in any part implies that you acknowledge reviewed, understand and agree to Themis Media's privacy policy.

Entries will be judged based on originality and the compelling reasons given in response. Judging will be conducted by a panel of three employees from Themis Media with game industry and journalism experience.

Employees of Themis Media, and their subsidiaries or affiliates, and any family members and/or household members of these employees, are excluded from the contest.

Entrants release Themis Media, UBM TechWeb Game Network, GDC, and its respective parent divisions, affiliates, officers, subsidiaries, agents, employees and all others associated with the development and execution of this contest from and against any liability with respect to or in any way arising from this contest and the awarding and use of the prizes.

Tampering with the contest in any manner is prohibited. Themis Media reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine whether the contest has been tampered with. Themis Media reserves the right to disqualify any entrant it suspects or has determined, in its sole discretion, has tampered with the promotion or submitted multiple entries [if this is prohibited]. If Themis Media determines that the contest has been tampered with, it reserves the right to terminate the contest without awarding any prizes. Themis Media shall not be responsible for any entry not received due to network outages; failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions; online failures; hardware, software or other technical malfunctions or disturbances; or any other communications or transmission failure.

UBM TechWeb Game Network and GDC is not a sponsor or administrator of this offer and assumes no responsibility for this offer.

Void where prohibited.

PRIZE CONDITIONS: All prizes are subject to availability. Winner may make no substitution or transfer of prize. All federal, state and local income taxes are sole responsibility of winner.

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While this looks totally and completely awesome, I have one question.

Are travel expenses covered by this contest? Or will we have to pay for any of that stuff ourselves?

I know I won't be able to make it, but as a soon to be shareholder, I would love to go.

I have one question about GDC as an outside observer to the US, why is it open to the public?
I thought that the Game Developer's conference was for.. you know, game developers.

OP: Unfortunatley unable to make it over to America so it will have to be another perk that I miss :(

Pilkingtube:
I have one question about GDC as an outside observer to the US, why is it open to the public?
I thought that the Game Developer's conference was for.. you know, game developers.

OP: Unfortunatley unable to make it over to America so it will have to be another perk that I miss :(

Because a portion of it is geared towards careers and entering the industry. What better way to get some ins than to actually meet some developers, instead of say some booth babes and someone from PR as you might another show/conference.

Irridium:
While this looks totally and completely awesome, I have one question.

Are travel expenses covered by this contest? Or will we have to pay for any of that stuff ourselves?

I would like to know this as well. living on the east coast and all.

Slycne:

Pilkingtube:
I have one question about GDC as an outside observer to the US, why is it open to the public?
I thought that the Game Developer's conference was for.. you know, game developers.

OP: Unfortunatley unable to make it over to America so it will have to be another perk that I miss :(

Because a portion of it is geared towards careers and entering the industry. What better way to get some ins than to actually meet some developers, instead of say some booth babes and someone from PR as you might another show/conference.

Oh so it's a careers and apprenticeships place too? Neat, nice to know there is somewhere that aspiring game developers can go :D

Hmmm how do we enter our reason is my question. I'd love to go for well many reasons. I want to be a game dev for one.

Spinwhiz:
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Whow! That seems amazingly awesome... 100 words, got it! Oh and thank you very much for presenting this to us Spinwhiz, much appreciated. Alright then, I shall submit my reasons for wanting to go *ahem*

Reason:
I'd like to go please because I wish to know more about the Gaming Industry and thus I want to become a Video Game Designer. To greet the people who've created such inspiring games that we all came to know and love. Try out those tutorial panels as well as discuss with the artists, wanting to know how they managed their work. It'd really mean a lot to me because I want to present for The Escapist, showing that we as a whole are very mature intellects that have a passion for Gaming and respect for those who make it!

Very cool, but I'm already going!! (Can only do the 1-day student pass this year though. Going for better tickets next year).

I am questioning the validity of the contest with the restriction of being a publishing club member. How can I contact your legal representation?

damit! i wanna go, but its right in the middle of school. fuck college. oh well. next year, after i graduate, maybe.

I would love to send in an application statement for this thing, but three things come up:
1. Travel expenses. Will Themis be paying to fly me down from Montreal or is it just the actual ticket into the conference?
2. Will these tickets only be available to American Pub Club members? Or is this a world-wide type of gig?
3. When are the actual days of GDC?

josh797:
damit! i wanna go, but its right in the middle of school. fuck college. oh well. next year, after i graduate, maybe.

This is a massive paradox for me as well, since on the one hand, a ticket to GDC would be an awesome way to network with people in the industry (even though I'm an accounting major, game companies have accounting departments too and it never hurts to broaden one's networking horizons), but on the other hand, rule of thumb where I go to school is that all prior commitments must be disclosed during the first week of class and alternate arrangements made for any missed exams, and I have several exams (since it's right before spring break) at the time the conference would be going on and it's too late to reschedule them.

Baldr:
I am questioning the validity of the contest with the restriction of being a publishing club member. How can I contact your legal representation?

While I fail to see how there would be legal issues not already covered in the contest 'Legal Stuff' I believe it would be more polite to specifically raise your issue in a private message to a member of staff rather than on the forums.

Irridium:
While this looks totally and completely awesome, I have one question.

Are travel expenses covered by this contest? Or will we have to pay for any of that stuff ourselves?

You will have to pay for everything else yourself.

Lizmichi:
Hmmm how do we enter our reason is my question. I'd love to go for well many reasons. I want to be a game dev for one.

You can enter right here in this thread.

Baldr:
I am questioning the validity of the contest with the restriction of being a publishing club member. How can I contact your legal representation?

You can PM me if you like and I can give it to our legal representative. Please make sure to include your email.

Fightgarr:
I would love to send in an application statement for this thing, but three things come up:
1. Travel expenses. Will Themis be paying to fly me down from Montreal or is it just the actual ticket into the conference?
2. Will these tickets only be available to American Pub Club members? Or is this a world-wide type of gig?
3. When are the actual days of GDC?

1) Nope, those are all you.
2) No. Pub Club members anywhere in the world.
3) GDC = February 28th - March 4. You can check out all the info here: http://www.gdconf.com/

Suilenroc:

Irridium:
While this looks totally and completely awesome, I have one question.

Are travel expenses covered by this contest? Or will we have to pay for any of that stuff ourselves?

I would like to know this as well. living on the east coast and all.

Nope, all expenses are yours. We will just get you the ticket to get in the door.

Spinwhiz:

Irridium:
While this looks totally and completely awesome, I have one question.

Are travel expenses covered by this contest? Or will we have to pay for any of that stuff ourselves?

You will have to pay for everything else yourself.

Alright, seems I'll have to pass then. Thanks for the reply though.

Will you be doing this or something similar next year?

Irridium:

Spinwhiz:

Irridium:
While this looks totally and completely awesome, I have one question.

Are travel expenses covered by this contest? Or will we have to pay for any of that stuff ourselves?

You will have to pay for everything else yourself.

Alright, seems I'll have to pass then. Thanks for the reply though.

Will you be doing this or something similar next year?

Hard to say but hopefully. We do what we can to get tickets to multiple events like GDC, PAX, etc. If we can get them, the community is the first to know about it.

Here goes Nothing...

Entry:
Since I began my career as a software tester I decided to steer my career towards becoming a part of the gaming industry. I want the chance to provide players with the type of deep and immersive gaming experiences that I have been fortunate enough to have, and to be a contributor in pushing this medium to realise its true, nearly limitless potential. This conference provides an unrivalled chance to let people know what I can offer this industry. In order to realise my ambition I cannot afford to pass up this opportunity. Please help my dream come true.

Spinwhiz:

Lizmichi:
Hmmm how do we enter our reason is my question. I'd love to go for well many reasons. I want to be a game dev for one.

You can enter right here in this thread.

Thank you :)

Well let's see what how far I can get.

Very cool contest, and I'm envious of those that win. Truthfully I just couldn't afford to go though, if it was a vacation package it might be one thing, but being disabled means I have no shortage of time, but very little in the way of money, certainly not enough to travel cross country, get a room, eat, and whatever else.

I'm not very social nowadays, but attending some of the lectures would be cool i'd imagine. Espcially seeing as people are always telling me I should meet/listen to people from the industry given a lot of my rants.

Who knows, maybe one day they'll rent the ballroom/conferance halls at Foxwoods or something and I'll be able to snag a ticket then (or if any of my old connections are there, sneak in lol)

I just finished securing the first round of investment in my new mobile application company. No bullshit. I will use this capital to start the company, service the loan, and pay myself and my partner for the initial development of several applications, including at least one game or game-like product.

My application and appeal is not only one of need, but of ability to capitalize. I'm currently self-employed and able to get travel funds and time. Not only will I be able to use a ticket to GDC to aid my venture, I can and will show up.

Damn, if there was more notice then I would have entered. Too bad I spent all my money on going to London next week :(

Application:

I've been orienting myself to enter the games industry for the last five years. I've written for casual and hardcore review sites, I've written games criticism on my blog and academic criticism in a university context, and I'm working on a game currently and have joined the IGDA. I'm networking extensively here in Vancouver and had made plans with a few others to share a hotel room when financial difficulties prevented me from buying an expo pass. My transportation and accommodations are all taken care of; I just need a convention pass to take the next step into the industry.

Entry:

As a computer science student with a specialty in graphics, i've worked hard to understand all the technical challenges in bringing the breath taking graphics in video games to life. A great number of the sessions at GDC are on the challenges faced making each game and how each team solved them. I want to further my learning by attending these sessions so that i might be able to get my dream job working with graphics and animation engines.

Actually this looks pretty cool.

I hate that things that I like cost money. WHAT A WORLD IT WOULD BE IF THIS WASN'T SO

Just as an update, we are choosing the winners tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Spiiiiin, I might be out of town doing other things while this is going on. You should totally just change the date of the GDC for my convenience! :V

 

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