Starting today, Game Developers Conference 2014 kicks off in San Francisco, attracting thousands of game developers and assorted industry folk to talk about what's new and next in the video game sector. This year's conference is sure to be a thrill, as we'll likely be able to expect exciting developments for the Oculus Rift, as well as a host of developing titles for the eighth-generation consoles like the PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U

However, with the overwhelming amount of representation present at GDC, it can be difficult to sift through all of the good and the bad and figure out what's worth seeing. How is a small indie developer supposed to get any positive press if they have to compete with a hundred other companies for it? With that in mind, let's take a look at the 15 Up-and-Coming Game Developers You Need to Know. Think of it as a primer for the event. Most of these companies have been started in the past five years, and many of them are now starting to get their bearings in the industry. Want to know who is going to make the next Candy Crush or viral video game? Then read on. 

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