How good a deal you ask? How about a free conference pass worth $700?
GDC Canada has announced that they will be offering free passes to the Vancouver conference to those who have been laid off from their games industry job in the past 12 months. Potential devs who want to take advantage of it can’t be currently employed, and must present a Record of Employment at the show to be eligible.
It makes sense that GDC Canada would want to offer a deal like this: although being geographically close to GDC San Francisco, the Canadian conference usually draws less than half of the attendees of its Californian counterpart. Even with this deal, the current economy will give GDC Canada a hard time attracting developers out west for another series of parties and schmoozing.
For all the details see the GDC Canada page on the offer.