International Game Industry Visionaries to Speak at the Leading European Developers Conference

GC Developers Conference (GCDC)

(August 20-22, 2007)

Leipzig, Germany - June 18, 2007

First Speakers Announced for GCDC 2007

The GC Developers Conference (GCDC) today announced the first speakers for this year's program, with Julian Eggebrecht of Factor 5 confirmed as the opening keynote. GCDC is Europe's most important platform for developers and takes place at the Leipziger Messe August 20-22, 2007.

Julian Eggebrecht (USA), Factor 5's president and lead director/producer, gave his last appearance as a speaker at the GCDC in 2005. Currently Julian is working on several next-generation titles, including the playstation-3 exclusive "Liar". His work includes the Turrican line of games and the multi-million selling Star Wars: Rogue Squadron series.

At least year's GCDC, Peter Molyneux (United Kingdom), President Lionhead Studios, gave exciting insights into the developing process of next-gen-games. This year he has planned to give a retrospective on the classical games from Lionhead Studios.

The international speaker line-up includes:

Jason Manley, Massive Black (USA)

Christopher Schmitz, 10Tacle Studios (Germany)

Jennifer MacLean, Comcast Interactive Media (USA)

Dr. Michael Wimmer, The University of Vienna (Austria)

Alexander Fernández, Streamline Studios (The Netherlands)

Cindy Armstrong, Webzen (USA)

Amir Taaki, Crystalspace (Finland)

Jeff Strain, ArenaNet (USA)

Vlad Ihora, Telia Sonora (Sweden)

Barbara Lippe, Avaloop IT Solutions (The Netherlands)

Pamela Kato The GamerX (USA)

Uwe Nikl, Level 3 (United Kingdom)

Matt Firor, Ultra Mega Games (USA)

Konstantin Ewald, Osborne Clarke (Germany)

"This year's conference line-up is looking to be our best yet, with many more high-profile industry speakers being confirmed and a truly international group coming together from more than 20 countries," said Frank Sliwka, project director of GCDC. "Our goals of growing the conference and expanding the lectures and roundtables to incorporate speakers with differing perspectives and insights are on track and we look to deliver an exciting and informative program this year."

GCDC will announce additional speakers and keynotes in the coming weeks. To register for the conference, or get more information, please visit: http://www.gcdc.eu

GCDC 2006 retrospective

Last August 21-23, 650 conference participants from 20 countries attended the GCDC in Leipzig. Speakers included Bob Bates (USA), Don L. Daglow (USA, President/CEO, Stormfront Studios), Graham Hopper (USA, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Buena Vista Games Inc.), Peter Molyneux (UK, President, Lionhead Studios) and Bill Roper (USA, CEO, Flagship Studios), among others.

Media Contacts:

Europe

Stephan Reiss, Press Officer, GCDC

+49 (0) 341 - 678 8186

s.reiss@leipziger-messe.de

North America

Sean Kauppinen, Kohnke Communications

+1 415-777-4000

sean@kohnkecomm.com

Contact for sponsors, speakers and participants:

Frank Sliwka, Project Director, GCDC

+49 (0) 341 - 678 8288

f.sliwka@leipziger-messe.de

GCDC on the internet:

http://www.gcdc.eu


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