ATLANTA (August 31, 2012) — The Georgia Game Developers Association today announced plans for its second annual SIEGE Investment Conference to be held Oct. 5, part of the sixth annual Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo (SIEGE) in Atlanta.
“SIEGE has become the largest professional game development conference in the Southeast, and more and more people are looking to become involved with the industry,” said Andrew Greenberg, president of the Georgia Game Developers Association and producer of the upcoming Noble Armada iPad game. “With the many investors and new game studios in the South, there have been growing demands to bring the two together.”
The SIEGE Investment Conference includes a Funding Forum where developers and companies can pitch to a large panel of investors and industry experts, a legislative roundtable, panels for game companies on working with investors and for investors on working with game companies. The Investment Conference runs at the same time as the Games for Health Day @ SIEGE, about all aspects of this burgeoning field, and includes opportunities for the two groups to share opportunities and ideas.
“There are both opportunities and risks for investors looking to support game development and game companies seeking investors,” said Rob Hassett, an attorney at Casey Gilson and director of the SIEGE investment conference. “Both groups are aware of the opportunities, and a little bit of education can go a long way to reducing the risks. The game industry is still new and growing, and it has its own unique issues of which many investors are not aware.”
Now in its sixth year, SIEGE features leading figures from a wide spectrum of the game production industry, including artists, programmers, designers, investors, writers, teachers and business executives. Other speakers include government figures, experts on computer game violence, social issues, serious games and more. The event also includes a college fair for high school students looking to learn game design skills, a Games for Health Day @ SIEGE, and many networking events for people looking to enter the industry as well as people already making games.
SIEGE attracts a variety of sponsors, including leading companies, universities and government organizations. Conference sessions include classes on the latest software, game design techniques, business issues, serious games, starting a new company and more. Information is available at www.siegecon.net.