More than a few indie developers are likely facing financial trouble after the postponement of GDC 2020. While one fundraiser has already been announced, another company is stepping up in a big way with the Wings GDC Relief Fund.
The Wings GDC Relief Fund is aiming to support indie devs who have incurred financial losses due to GDC 2020's postponement. A team of mostly indie gaming companies and organizations are teaming up to help out their peers.
According to the application, the fund will consider reimbursing the costs of the following items:
- Non-refundable flights
- Non-refundable accommodation
Receipts and proof of identity will be required in the application.
Notably, there is no guarantee that you will get reimbursed even with all of the required documents — the application states that the fund will "consider" reimbursing costs for these non-refundable items.
Furthermore, financial relief may be prioritized depending on the demographics of the dev team as noted in the final section of the application:
In some cases, we may prioritize offering relief to people who belong to demographics that are historically less amplified or given less space in the games industry. We invite you to disclose any other demographic information (race, gender, sexuality, for example) below, if desired.
Which Companies Are Teaming Up in the Wings GDC Relief Fund?
Here is the list of companies working together to make the Wings GDC Relief Fund a reality:
- Wings Interactive
- Redbeet Interactive
- Landfall Games
- Raw Fury
- Modern Wolf
- Versus Evil
- Warhorse Studios
- Those Awesome Guys
- 11 Bit Studios
- United Label
- Makers Fund
- The Games and Online Harassment Hotline
If you're an indie developer who has taken a financial hit from GDC 2020 getting postponed, you can apply to the Wings GDC Relief Fund via its official website.
Read more about how the COVID-19 novel coronavirus is affecting the gaming world at our Coronavirus Gaming Convention Cancellations and Game Delays Hub.
What do you think of the Wings GDC Relief Fund? Do you think any developers will face major problems with the postponement of this year's show? Let us know in the comments below!