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View, browse and sort the ever-growing list of sessions by pass type, track, and format. With this Session Viewer, you can view session and speaker details for the 2024 Game Developers Conference. New sessions are regularly added leading up to GDC, and all dates and times will be announced about 4 weeks before the event. Once live, you will be able to build your schedule with the GDC Mobile App.

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Unpaused: The Ukrainian Games Industry in Times of War

Elena Lobova  (Co-founder, CBDO, GDBAY)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Indie Games Summit Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Advocacy, Business & Marketing

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

At last year's GDC, Elena presented a talk on how her team GDBAY organized a game jam from bomb shelters when the war first started in Ukraine. A year has passed, and Elena is returning to continue her story. If last year's talk was about crisis management in an extremely fast-changing environment, this one focuses on adaptation to change. Elena will share how her team GDBAY and the entire Ukrainian games industry adapted to living and working in times of war, coping with constant blackouts, curfews, and existential threats. She will discuss how the job market has evolved, how businesses have persevered, and how this crisis has paradoxically become a driver of success.


Attendees will gain insights into crisis adaptation within the game industry, learning how Ukrainian developers have navigated war-induced challenges. They'll gain strategies for maintaining operational continuity, creative problem-solving in resource-scarce environments, and transforming crisis into opportunity, all backed by real-world examples

Intended Audience

This talk will benefit game developers, industry leaders, and professionals interested in crisis management and resilience. It's particularly relevant for those working in volatile environments or seeking insights into maintaining operations and innovation under extreme external pressures

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