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The Game Developers Conference


Fight Back - Céline Tricart

Multiple Locations

March 18, 2024 - March 23, 2024

Throughout the week of March 18, join Villa Albertine for a series of specially curated events centered on the annual Game Developers Conference, the world’s largest game industry showcase, held in San Francisco.

Explore our selection of special events below.


GDC, alt.ctrl.GDC Section 

Monday, March 18 – Friday, March 22, 2024

Former Villa Albertine San Francisco resident Tatiana Vilela Dos Santos will accompany a group of her students whose alt.ctrl project has been nominated for the alt.ctrl.GDC Prize and will be presented in the alt.ctrl.GDC Section of the Puppet Master exhibition.  

Tatiana initially met the students in Utah during her 2023 Villa Albertine residency at which time she tested their first prototype. Come and see the final version!

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Gaming and Inclusivity

Monday, March 18, 2024 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm | Swissnex

Together with Swissnex SF, Villa Albertine will host a panel discussion on gaming and inclusivity. This event aims to offer a fresh perspective on inclusivity in gaming, focusing on opportunities for empowerment within the gaming world and how storytelling creates a space for societal reflection. Gamers have demonstrated a strong sense of belonging and societal engagement, evident in actions such as those supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and LGBTQIA groups.

The discussion will be led by panelists Celine Tricart (France), Noe Mael Arnold (Switzerland), and Yugian Sun (China). While Tricart brings her expertise in new technologies such as VR and AR, Arnold and Sun offer unique perspectives on immersive storytelling in the digital age, through experimental games, chatbots, and conversational AI.  

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Dune, SpongeBob: How to Create Successful Games Adapting Great IPs 

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm | GDC, Moscone Center, Expo Floor 

Join panelists Nicolas Cannasse, CEO and Creative Director of Shiro Games (“Dune: Spice Wars”), and Hervé Sohm, Chief Operating Officer of Old Skull Games (“SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit”) for a special talk on creating successful games by adapting great IPs, co-presented by CNC, Villa Albertine, and Business France. The discussion will be moderated by Daphné Lora, Head of the Attractiveness Department at CNC.


French Industry Reception

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm | French Pavilion #1561 

Come to the French Pavilion for a happy hour reception hosted by Game France, with the support of CNC, and network with +30 French players from the gaming sector and international partners.  


Gaming and Entrepreneurship in the French Language Ecosystem

Thursday, March 21, 2024 | 8:00am – 9:00am | Alliance Française San Francisco

Join Pierre Moisan, Vice President of Megatoon (Behavior), Founder and President of Artmedia Studio, and Producer at Ubisoft; Bérengère Fally (Mons, Belgium), Innovation Manager at Technocite; Tatiana Vilela dos Santos (Paris, France), Designer of interactive gaming experiences; and 2023 Villa Albertine residents, for a morning conversation over croissants on gaming and entrepreneurship in the French language ecosystem. This discussion is organized by the Alliance Française San Francisco, in partnership with AWEX and the Quebec Representation in Silicon Valley.

Just Dance 2024 Edition: A Night in the Palace of Versailles

By the Palace of Versailles, CNC, and Ubisoft 

Saturday, March 23, 2024 | 10:00am – 4:00pm | Children’s Creativity Museum – Auditorium

As part of the Cultural Olympiad, the Château de Versailles, the CNC, and Ubisoft have joined forces to create a brand new map in the Just Dance 2024 Edition. A night at the Palace of Versailles will plunge players into the heart of the 18th century, with the baroque hits of the era modernized with a pop touch. 

Tickets can be purchased in person only for $20. A special $10 discount per person is available at the door with the password “Villa Albertine.”

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Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC)

Created in 1946, the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC) is a public administrative organization, set up as a separate and financially independent entity which comes under the authority of the French ministry of culture and communication. Its principal missions are : support for the film, broadcast, video, video games, immersive productions and technical industries; promotion of film and television for distribution to all audiences and preservation and development of the film heritage. 


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Alliance Française de San Francisco

Serving the San Francisco community since 1889, Alliance Française de San Francisco’s mission is to promote the knowledge and appreciation of French language and Francophone cultures.

The Alliance Francaise of San Francisco is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of California.

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At Ubisoft, we create worlds for everyone. We are dedicated to enriching the lives of our players by developing high-quality games that resonate with all kinds of personalities, bring people together, and allow everyone to learn and grow while having fun.

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Swissnex is the Swiss global network connecting Switzerland and the world in education, research and innovation. Our mission is to support the outreach and active engagement of our partners in the international exchange of knowledge, ideas and talents. We thereby contribute to strengthen Switzerland’s profile as a world-leading innovation hotspot.

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Business France

Business France is responsible for the international development of French companies, international investments in France and the economic promotion of France.

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Château de Versailles

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Game Developers Conference (GDC)

The Game Developers Conference began as an informal gathering of 25 developers in the living room of game designer Chris Crawford. Initially focused on computer games, GDC has grown and diversified along with the game industry to include a variety of platforms including consoles, mobile and handheld devices, tablets, online, and computer games and is expanding into the emerging VR and AR space for games and entertainment. In 2016, GDC commemorated the 30th edition of the conference. Year after year, GDC continues to define market innovations and provide insight into the future of games.

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