Top Game Developer Conferences Worth Attending in 2021

As a developer, it's extremely important to stay up to date with current industry trends. More importantly, it's important to ensure that you're expanding and nurturing your network of publishing contacts in the industry.

Conferences and events are a fantastic way for you to achieve both as a developer. Unfortunately COVID-19 has seen just about every in-person event cancelled or postponed. Thankfully many gaming conferences have been quick to adjust, by offering their events virtually instead.

But with so many conferences now on offer digitally, which are the right ones to attend as a mobile game developer? Luckily we've done the hard work for you in preparing a list of the Top Game Developer conferences worth attending this year in 2021.

Pocket Gamer Connects Digital #5

8th - 12th February 2021

Pocket Gamer has had great success over the years in hosting their PG Connects conference. Previously hosted in numerous cities in and around Europe, the event has recently moved across to digital platforms in light of the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. 

The upcoming PG Connects Digital is their fifth digital event and is promised to deliver the same energy, events and networking opportunities that developers would normally get in their in-person conference.

With the opportunity to connect with over 1300+ attendees virtually over the four days, it's a fantastic opportunity for developers looking to grow their network in the mobile gaming industry. 

White Nights Conference

8th - 12th February 2021

White Nights Conference is one of the leading game conferences in Europe with over 4,500 attendees offline and over 20,000 participants online per year. 

The conference itself hosts a number of events across Europe in London, Berlin, Barcelona and Dublin. Specifically for those attending, you can talk directly to any conference attendee with the help of the WN Hub, their game industry communication platform.

London Games Festival

19th March 2021

Attracting 100,000+ attendees, London Games Festival returns in 2021 with a hybrid event on offer for gaming professionals.

Featuring a brand new showcase of new games, some of which will be playable at home for free, broadcasts and streams from iconic London locations and a must-attend business track.

Keep your eyes peeled as a small selection of outdoor elements are also scheduled in London, with more information available early in 2021. 

GI Live: Online

14th - 16th April 2021

From the team at Game Industry Biz comes the new indie developer online conference, GI Live: Online. The online event is designed to help developers connect with Publishers, PR experts, Marketing experts and more over their three-day event.

Using a dedicated Discord server and the MeetToMatch meeting system, the online event will deliver advanced 1-2-1 meeting functions, as well as top tier speakers on all matters of game development, special roundtables and advice sessions.

Nordic Game Conference

26th - 28th May 2021

After two successful digital events last year during the height of the pandemic, Nordic Game Conference returns again this May for another digital event.

Scheduled to deliver the best speakers from the global industry, access to countless games industry professionals via MeetToMatch with video conferencing and a host of networking and social events on the Nordic Game Discord channel.

Game Developers Conference

19th - 23rd July 2021

This year the world-recognised Game Developer Conference, or GDC as it's known, will be returning to San Francisco. What if you can't physically make it there? Not to worry as the event is set to be a hybrid event, accessible both digitally and in-person.

GDC will be delivering five days of expert-led education on key game development topics, as well as several special features throughout the week. Attendees have the opportunity to gain insight into the future of games, be inspired by new techniques, and discover creative new approaches. 

Get a sneak peek of the conference for free before July in GDC's Showcase from March 15 - 19.


25th - 29th August 2021

Gamescom is returning to Messe, Cologne for a hybrid - digital and in-person - conference after their successful digital event in 2020. With numerous demonstrations, speakers, E-sports tournaments and special events on offer, the conference offers developers the chance to discover the latest market trends and meet with key figures in gaming. 

Having attracted 1,100 exhibiting companies in their previous events, they expect to exceed this number in 2021!

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