The 2021 Game Developers Conference will try to go physical again — but now in July

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Last month, the world’s biggest tech show instead of expecting companies and journalists to brave Las Vegas in January. But the Game Developers Conference (GDC) it isn’t following suit: it’ll hold a “hybrid event taking place physically in San Francisco” that also includes a “robust virtual offering.”

While it’s not yet clear how robust the virtual portion will be, GDC 2021 does have one thing going for it right away: it’ll be held July 19th–21st of next year, instead of the typical March timeframe. Perhaps we’ll have a vaccine by then or at least be more confident about gigantic business and social gatherings.

Or perhaps it’ll simply be a smaller event: GDC has never been...