Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2008 Wired For Williams' Arcade Seminar

Monday 21st July/...The Edinburgh Interactive Festival today announced that founder and director of leading amusement and attraction industry company KWP Ltd., Kevin Williams, will be chairing a session entitled“Arcade Amusements Get Wired”, to an audience of games industry luminaries and press at Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2008.

Williams, who will be chairing the session on Monday 11th August at 16.30 - 17.15, will discuss the video amusement and attraction industry and the importance of its development in shaping UK gaming culture.

In his 40 minute presentation, Williams will look at what the Out-of-Home interactive entertainment industry represents to the creative culture of games and interactive entertainment. The illustrated address will focus on three areas:‘Immersion’– Looking at how the arcade has originated the fundamental first-person play experience, with the use of technology to pull the player into the game;‘Physicality’– Observations on the development of a wide array of innovative interfaces and playing experiences; and‘Connectivity’– Discussing the way that amusement has shaped the social gaming arena, and become an inclusive experience able to attract unique audiences such as the female player.

Kevin Williams said:“I am greatly honoured to be given the opportunity to address such a varied and informed audience. I look forward to describing the innovation and variety of my usually secretive industry, and prove the opportunity that‘unachievable@Home’ gaming can offer.”

About Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2008

Now celebrating its sixth year, the Edinburgh Interactive Festival is powered up to showcase the continued popularity, growth and influence of video games. And this year, the Interactive Festival is more synchronised with the world famous Edinburgh Festival than ever, appealing to the press, public and professionals from film, television and interactive media backgrounds alike, offering a bigger event for delegates, more consumer focusing– an overall spectacle for all.

New to Interactive Festival 2008 will be Features, Exhibition and Recruitment areas specifically tailored to cater for the public - allowing them access to the latest games and job opportunities in games.

As ever, the three-day Interactive Festival wouldn’t be complete without the cornerstones of conferences, keynotes, panel sessions, debates, games screenings and even more people than ever jostling to get through the doors.

Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2008

Edinburgh International Conference Centre

150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EE

UK

Sunday 10th August

Game Screenings

Dare ProtoPlay

Public games area and retail site

Monday 11th August

EIF Conference

Game Screenings

Dare ProtoPlay

Public games area and retail site

Conference Networking event

Tuesday 12th August

EIF Conference

Game Screenings

Dare ProtoPlay

Public games area and retail site

Digital Interactive Symposium

Edinburgh Interactive Festival will also play host to the Digital Interactive Symposium, the games event aimed at academics and games industry professionals. It takes place on the afternoon of Tuesday12th August.

Registration is open now at www.edinburghinteractivefestival.com

There is also a Facebook Group in 2008 at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=12251081247

Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2008 registration details:

Full delegate pass -£149 (ex VAT)

Scottish based developers and companies -£99 (ex VAT)

Students -£75 (ex VAT)

Delegates can also register for the Digital Interactive Symposium.

You can see more of Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2007 at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=YktZnm_eRlQ

Edinburgh Interactive Festival has also forged a number of key relationships with partners and sponsors that will be announced shortly.

If you are interested in getting involved with Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2008– through partnerships, sponsorship, the Friends of the Festival programme or simply to find out more about the commercial opportunities at EIF 2008, please contact Sales and Sponsorship manager, Jodie Holdway: Tel +44 (0) 1462 456780 ; jodie.holdway@bhpr.co.uk.

For press information please contact PR Manager, Sarah Hartland: Tel +44 (0) 1462 456780; sarah.hartland@bhpr.co.uk.

Editors’ Note:

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The Edinburgh Interactive Festival is managed by a committee drawn from all areas of the games industry, including publishers, developers and the two industry trade bodies: The Independent Game Developers Association (TIGA) www.tiga.org and the Entertainment&Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) www.elspa.com.


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