Google at GDC 2018

Google conference sessions taking place Wednesday through Friday

Become the GOAT of the Mobile Gaming Business

March 21, 2018 | 9:30-10:30 AM

When it comes to growing your mobile gaming business, players rule. Whether you’re a publisher looking to monetize your apps or an advertiser looking to crush performance goals, delivering an engaging, user-centric ad experience can make or break your business. Join our keynote to learn how to own the competition. We’ll share how Google’s latest growth and monetization innovations make it easier for you to find and keep the high-value players. View on GDC site.

Speakers: Sissie Hsiao, VP, Product Management, David Mitby, Director, Product Management; Duke Dukelis, Director, Product Management

Developing High Performance Games for Android

March 21, 2018 | 12:45-1:45 PM

Games that use high fidelity rendering are some of the most successful Android games. However, these types of games can be difficult to develop without the right tools. Fortunately Google has made improvements to developer tools that make game development easier. This talk will show how you can use these new features to profile and debug high fidelity games. We will also discuss automated game testing and how machine learning can be used for testing games. View on GDC site.

Speakers: Bill Bilodeau, Developer Advocate, Damien Mabin, Developer Advocate, Francesco Carucci, Developer Advocate

What's New in Firebase and Google Cloud Platform for Games

March 21, 2018 | 3:30-4:30 PM

2018 is shaping up to be a really great year for Gaming at Firebase and Google Cloud Platform. Whether you are looking for a backend as a service to provide data synchronization across mobile and desktop, game analytics, integrated A/B testing or easy to use ML powered user segmentation, or more bespoke solutions for global multiplayer game scaling, big data analytics or machine learning, this talk will have something for you. Come hang out with the best people from across Firebase and Google Cloud Platform and hear all about the exciting developments we have in store for game developers. View on GDC site.

Speakers: Mark Mandel, Developer Advocate for Google Cloud Platform, Google,  Jumana Al Hashal, Product Manager, Google & Michael Marano, Technical Director, Google Cloud Platform, Google

Level Up: Unlocking Ads for App Success

March 22, 2018 | 11:00-12:00 PM

The opportunity has always been clear -- game developers can take their businesses to the next level if ads could be unlocked in easier ways, delivering value without compromising user experiences. At AdMob, we’ve been hard at work addressing some of the foundational issues in app advertising -- from mediation to measurement. In this session, we’re excited to share new ways in which we’re partnering with the gaming industry and evolving both, industry standards as well as our own platform to ensure you’re getting the tools you need to level up. View on GDC site.

Speaker: Duke Dukellis, Director, Product Management

Developing Android Games for Chromebooks

March 22, 2018 | 12:45-1:45 PM

This talk will answer two questions for game developers: “Why should I care about gaming on Chrome OS?” and “How do I bring my game to Chrome OS?” The first part of the session will provide game developers with a recap on game specific ARC++ information they care about. Topics will include Chromebook devices (performance, hardware features), and the current state of the ecosystem (launch regions, game specific stats). Then the session will dive into how game developers can best support ARC++ technically: touch input compatibility, adding and supporting PC style input (keyboard and mouse), game controllers, game engine support (Unity, Unreal), handling resizing and resolution, and running in a multi-window environment are all topics. We will also touch on how best to profile and optimize performance on Chrome OS. The key takeaway of this session will be: “It’s easy to port my game to ARC++, and there is huge potential.” View on GDC site.

Speaker: Ben Gable, Developer Advocate

Find More of your Best Players with Google's Machine Learning

March 22, 2018 | 2:00-3:00 PM

Building a sustainable gaming business takes smart growth strategies focused on acquiring and retaining the right players. Come learn about how Google’s latest ads innovations automatically help you find high-value players across Google’s largest properties. View on GDC site

Speakers: David Mitby, Director, Product Management; Belinda Langner, Product Manager, Jen Lui, Product Manager