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Cloud Gaming: Where Are We Now, Where Are We Going?

Adam Billyard  (CTO & Co-Founder, Polystream)

Date: Thursday, July 22

Time: 9:40am - 10:40am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass

Topic: Business & Marketing

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: I acknowledge GDC 2021 is an all-digital event and commit to participating virtually.

Game developers today are no longer asking "can we do it?" but are instead wondering "what should we use cloud streaming to deliver?" but how did we get here and where will it lead us next? Join Adam Billyard to hear about who were / are the biggest players in cloud gaming from over the past decade, and what we know of / can learn from their technology and business stories. As well as understanding the technology behind video streaming / GPU / pixel / command streaming, Adam will share real-world statistics, analysis, and first hand experiences to outline what the challenges are for the platform holders, developers, and audiences. Adam will also debunk some digestible myths about the economics of cloud streaming, and will speak to key thinking on what the future of cloud gaming might be for anyone considering developing cloud-native projects.


Attendees will get insight into what cloud gaming offers, how it is actually delivered, and what the challenges are that have stopped so many cloud streaming companies from breaking out. We'll also explore the cutting edge technologies and experiences that will be delivered from the cloud in the near future.

Intended Audience

The session is aimed at anyone wishing to get an overview of what the different cloud gaming technologies are today, and to understand the market generally with a view on what the threats and opportunities are for cloud native experiences in the future. There will be some light technical content.