Gamefest is Microsoft’s premier conference on game development, and so it should revolve around game developers. We sought out feedback from developers who attended Gamefest 2008 and we found that, given development schedules and ship dates, the conference would be more impactful if held earlier in the calendar year rather than right before the busy holiday season. We are taking that feedback seriously and adjusting the timing of Gamefest to better accommodate developers’ schedules and offer the best experience possible.
Rather than say “SURPRISE! GAMEFEST IS TODAY!” we opted to plan to hold the next Gamefest in the first quarter of 2010. In the meantime, we are committed to keeping developers for Microsoft platforms on the edge of technology innovation and we will be exploring opportunities to provide updates through Live Meetings, Web seminars, and of course, through XNA Creators Club Online.
While we haven’t officially locked on a date, you can expect Gamefest to be held in the earlier part of 2010. Stay tuned for additional details or check out the website at http://www.xnagamefest.com
XNA Community Manager