Two of Facebook’s gaming figureheads will be talking at next week’s digital GDC Showcase.
Michael Verdu, VP of Facebook Reality Labs Content and Jason Rubin, the former VR content head that’s now the company’s VP of Play, will both be on the panel for ‘Future of Gaming: Quality and Connection’ on Wednesday, March 17th. They’ll also be joined by Denny Unger, the CEO of Pistol Whip developer, Cloudhead Games and Michael Carter of PlayCo.
This session will take a look not just as Facebook’s own gaming initiatives but also specifically at the work the company has done with the Oculus Quest store. The pair will “share the evolution” of the platform and take a look at how it “supports developers in creating high quality games.” Unger, meanwhile, will use Pistol Whip as a case study for their points.
We wouldn’t expect any major announcements during the talk, though Facebook is also presenting other talks at GDC, including a look at social VR and its use in battle royale hit, Population: One. The BigBox VR-developed title has already generated over $10 million in revenue on Oculus platforms and is currently running its first season. Beyond Facebook, Skydance Media will also be joining in with a post-mortem on its ever-popular zombie slayer, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners.
The GDC Showcase is free-to-attend and takes place over what would have been the traditional spot in the year for the physical event in San Francisco. The return of the full event is planned for July though, again, it’ll be all-digital.