UBM, organiser of the Game Developers Conference (GDC) and Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC), has announced an expansion into Asia is planned for 2018. VRDC Asia 2018 will take place in Shanghai, 16th – 17th May 2018.
The virtual reality (VR) boom in China has increased demand for vendor-neutral education and exploration into the latest platforms, technologies and applications. With a focus on quality content for professionals and showcasing the latest augmented reality (AR) and VR experiences, in addition to mixed reality (MR) experiences from different industries, UBM is expanding its portfolio to include VRDC Asia 2018.
VRDC Asia aims to become the premier event for creators of immersive experiences for industries beyond gaming and entertainment, including film, education, healthcare, travel, real estate and more. VRDC Asia will offer the opportunity for western develop studios to build foreign partnerships that can facilitate entry into China’s high-growth VR market.
“We invite leaders and emerging players in the industry to share best practices, demo new technology and help drive VR/AR innovation,” reads an official statement from UBM.
VRDC began as an expansion of the GDC schedule, with UBM clearly noting a growing passion for VR within the videogame development community. Last year VRDC become its own event, and was held as an independent conference in San Francisco for a second time last month. VRDC continues to be part of the GDC line-up, which is typically held in March annually.
Last month’s VRDC’s highlights include numerous HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality hands-on opportunities as well as playable builds of DOOM VFR and Fallout 4 VR from Bethesda Softworks. Speaker sessions included First Contact Entertainment’s Adam Orth, Trevor Blom of Vertigo Games and Survios hosting a talk entitled ‘Dev Hacks & New Analytics from Raw Data’.
No information on the line-up for the newly announced VRDC Asia 2018 – whether it be speakers, exhibitors or even sponsors – has yet been announced. VRDC Asia 2018 will be held from 16th – 17th May 2018, Shanghai, and VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest news regarding the event.