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About GDC Vault: Frequently Asked Questions

About

What is Vault? (Back to Top)
GDC Vault is a trove of in-depth design, technical and inspirational talks and slides from the influencers of the game development industry, taken from over 20 years of the worldwide Game Developers Conferences.

Unlock thousands of hours of 8,000+ videos, audio files, and synced presentations from speakers and panels carefully selected by the GDC advisory board. GDC Vault content includes a broad spectrum of talks about videogame development across over 200 tracks that is easily filtered using tags, categories, upgraded search and recommended videos.
What is the Game Developers Conference? (Back to Top)
The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world's largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event. To find out more about GDC visit our website.
How can I get help? (Back to Top)
E-mail us or send a note via our website. We're happy to help. If you send an e-mail, we'll get back as soon as we can!

GDC Vault Access

How can I get access to GDC Vault? (Back to Top)
Everyone is welcome to the Free Section of GDC Vault with or without signing up. To gain access to 5,000 more videos, audio files, and synced presentations, you have several purchase options:

1) Attend any GDC Event and purchase an All Access Pass to get access to Vault for a limited time.

2) Purchase an Member Subscription for 12-months of unlimited access.

3) Purchase a Studio Subscription to take advantage of volume discounts, collaborative learning tools, and access to a dedicated account manager.
I purchased an All Access Pass. How do I access GDC Vault, and how long will I get access? (Back to Top)
GDC Vault is a valuable resource for viewing any of the sessions that you missed when at GDC!

If you registered online at least two weeks prior to the GDC event you plan to attend, you will be e-mailed access to GDC Vault one week prior to the event. All other registrations will receive an email with GDC Vault access information 2-3 weeks after the show is over. Your log-on credentials will be sent to you at the e-mail address that you used to register for GDC. Note to GDC China Attendees: GDC Vault does not work with Chinese characters for email addresses.

Your All Access pass is available for a limited time. See the chart below for subscription expiration dates:

Event(s) Subscription Start/End Dates
GDC 2013
3 weeks after the event thru 3/15/2014
GDC Europe 2013
GDC Next/ADC 2013
GDC China 2013
3 weeks after the event thru 3/15/2014
I forgot my password. How do I log into GDC Vault? (Back to Top)
Use the "Forgot Password" link located in the login drop-down menu at the top of the home page. You can recover your password using the e-mail address associated with your account.
I forgot the e-mail address that my account is linked to for GDC Vault. Where can I find it? (Back to Top)
Your login is the e-mail address you used when you registered to attend GDC, which can be found on your registration receipt, or the e-mail address that you used when you signed up for GDC Vault.
I've received the following error message: 'Maximum Users Logged into this Account'. How can I access GDC Vault? (Back to Top)
You've received this message because the maximum number of persons allowed on this account have been reached. If you believe that you've received this message in error, please e-mail us at help@gdcvault.com.
My GDC Vault subscription expired. How do I renew it? (Back to Top)
If your GDC Vault access has expired, you have several purchase options for renewal:

1) Attend any GDC Event and purchase an All Access Pass to get access to Vault for a limited time. See the chart above for details.

2) Purchase a Member Subscription for 12-months of unlimited access.

3) Purchase a Studio Subscription and to take advantage of volume discounts, collaborative learning tools, and access to a dedicated account manager.

GDC Vault Content

What content is in GDC Vault? (Back to Top)
GDC Vault contains a comprehensive archive from past-to-present with over 8,000 videos, audio files, and synced presentations from 20 years of GDC conferences. The content in GDC Vault covers a broad spectrum of the categories found in videogame development across over 200 tracks and easily filtered using tags, categories, upgraded search and recommended videos. For a preview of the rich content in GDC Vault, check out the Free Section of GDC Vault today!
What content is included in the Members Only section of GDC Vault? (Back to Top)
A GDC Vault membership grants access to all available GDC event media including audio, video, and slides. The Members only section provides access to an additional 5000 files covering 20 years of GDC History. New event content is continually being added to GDC Vault 3 weeks after each GDC event ends. Most events from 2010-present include synced Audio, Video and Slides for an enhanced viewing experience. In addition, we are continually adding historical content from events prior to 2007. Watch our blog for updates.
Do I need a membership to access the Free Section of GDC Vault? (Back to Top)
Nope! You don't need a membership to access the content in the Free Section which provides a preview of the vast archive of knowledge and information available in the GDC Vault.
After a show is over, how long will it take for the videos to be live on GDC Vault? (Back to Top)
Following a GDC event, the GDC Vault team works quickly to get the content in front of you as soon as possible. It can take up to 3 weeks for the content to go live, but it may happen sooner too! Watch our blog, and we'll announce when the content is in the GDC Vault.
Can I purchase individual recordings of the sessions at GDC? (Back to Top)
Select audio-only recordings are made available for individual purchase via the online store.
What GDC sessions are included in GDC Vault? (Back to Top)
We make every effort to offer as much content as possible in GDC Vault. The number of sessions captured varies from event to event. You can see the sessions that we plan to record 1-2 weeks prior to an event in GDC's Schedule Builder on the GDC Conference website.
Why aren't all speaker presentations posted to GDC Vault? (Back to Top)
GDC Speakers have the option to provide us with their presentation at any time. Once we receive the presentation from the speaker, it will be live on the site within 1-3 weeks of receipt. All slides are free to download.

GDC Vault Features

How do I use GDC Vault? (Back to Top)
GDC Vault now offers several new features and functionality with the recent redesign. Check back soon for a detailed overview of how GDC Vault has changed!
Why can't I view Vault videos on a mobile device? (Back to Top)
GDC Vault videos are based on Flash which is not optimized for mobile devices. We're currently planning a mobile friendly version for GDC Vault which will contain all new content. Once this is done, we'll announce it on our blog!
Why can't I share all videos over social media? (Back to Top)
Social media sharing is available for free content in GDC Vault.
How do I filter by track? (Back to Top)
Our research shows that most people look at videos by category; you can filter by category in both the "Browse" and "Search" page for GDC Vault. If you would like view media from a particular track, you can use the search tool. The track for each session are listed in the search results and tables found in the browse area.

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy & User Agreement (Back to Top)
All GDC Vault Subscribers should be aware of the UBM LLC Terms of Service: Privacy Policy & User Agreement

Contact Us

Studio Subscriptions (Back to Top)
To find out more about Studio Subscriptions to GDC Vault, visit our Membership Information Page or e-mail Brenner Fuller at sales@gdcvault.com
Vault Help (Back to Top)
For general questions or inquiries regarding member subscriptions, you can e-mail us or send a note via our website. We're happy to help. If you send an e-mail, we'll get back as soon as we can!

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