In September, Austin will be missing one of its key videogaming-focused conferences. But another one, more focused on the management of game companies, will be taking its place.
In a post on the AGC website, Sherman said the crunch of competing content, including a virtual-reality event from the Game Developers Conference, led to the decision.
“Last year, AGC coincided with GDC’s VRDC and Unity’s North American Unite just days later. This, in addition to competing with the proliferation of free meetups, significantly reduced the availability of attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors and, ultimately, diluted the opportunity to present the compelling conference we’ve built our reputation on,” he wrote.
He left open the possibility that AGC may return in 2019.
However, Sherman says Austin will play host to the 2018 IGDA Game Leadership Summit on Sept. 13-14, around the time that AGC would have taken place, in partnership with the International Game Developers Association
The Summit will focus on management and leadership in the games industry with an eye toward improving diversity and job stability issues.
Registration for the event will cost $125 for IGDA members or $200 for non-members before July 13.
Frank Coppersmith, chair of the IGDA Austin Chapter and CEO of Smarter Reality said, “With a thriving development community of more than 100 innovative studios, in a city known for world-class creativity and entertainment, the Austin game community is pleased to welcome the world to the 2018 IGDA Game Leadership Summit.”
No speakers or a venue have been announced for the Leadership Summit yet, but its two content tracks will be “Management Excellence” and “Professional Leadership.”
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