British game industry legend Peter Molyneux and music game masters Alex Rigopulos and Keiichi Yano will be guest starring at the Gamehotel Boss Suite on Tuesday evening, August 18, 2009, at gamescom Cologne. Gamehotel is an innovative lifestyle event series celebrating interactive entertainment. Following its successful shows in Paris, California and Zurich, Gamehotel launches a new event in Germany to provoke an electrifying mix of fun, style, and entertaining discourse.

Summer night rooftop extravaganza

In the long summer night before the gamescom opening, the penthouse of the futuristic Microsoft building overlooking Cologne‘s Rheinau harbor transforms into the Gamehotel Boss Suite. Gamehotel director Bruno Beusch plays host to a talk-show extravaganza and rooftop party featuring a roster of heavy hitters from the global game industry.

Front and center will be British game industry legend Peter Molyneux, creative director of Microsoft Game Studios. He will be joined by Alex Rigopulos, the CEO of Harmonix and mastermind behind the upcoming The Beatles Rock Band game; as well as Keiichi Yano, creator of Lips and cult music game Gitaroo-man. Other show guests include Petri Purho of Crayon Physics Deluxe fame, one of the most promising young designers fueling the gaming scene with fresh ideas; and Steven Poole, long-time columnist at Edge Magazine, and author of the seminal book "Trigger Happy."

Boss Battle: Future of interactive entertainment

Expect insightful anecdotes, entertaining previews, sharp responses, and great fun as these luminaries share their thoughts while celebrating today’s and tomorrow’s games. Among the show‘s many highlights is the Gamehotel Boss Battle: The merciless multi-round contest will put the star guests’ creative power to a final test, bringing magician’s skills into play, as well as transport visitors to a time-traveling journey, courtesy of an exceptional music-making device.

The conversation continues as the talk show segues into a rooftop party, wrapping up the soirée in style. Gamehotel producer Tina Cassani says:„A world-class lineup celebrating games and discussing fresh trends, all at a spectacular venue - the Gamehotel Boss Suite is the perfect warm-up to a great trade fair week.“

Gamehotel Boss Suite is owned and produced by TNC Network. Xbox 360 is the main sponsor of this event.


Talk-Show Extravaganza&Rooftop Party

Featuring Luminaries from the International Game Industry

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 / Invitation required

Time: 7.00 PM: Check-in and Skyline Barbecue

8.30 PM, Talk-Show Extravaganza and Rooftop Party

Venue: Top Floor Microsoft RO, Holzmarkt 2a / Rheinauhafen, 50676 Cologne

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Since its spectacular Paris debut, the international event series Gamehotel has transposed the latest trends in interactive entertainment into vibrant shows and inspiring congresses. Packed with ideas, style, and a whole lotof fun, it features the world‘s leading game designers and interactive entertainment visionaries. The acclaimed series was launched in 2003, and has since taken place in Paris, California (GDC) and Zurich. In 2007, Gamehotel launched the spin-off Gamehotel Think Tank. In collaboration with partners from the industry and the media, it analyzes critical trends and business opportunities at the hot spots of interactive entertainment, media, marketing, and communication. In August 2009, a new event series, the Gamehotel Boss Suite, will premiere at gamescom Cologne.

The lineup of previous Gamehotel events and spin-offs includes some of the most influential creative figures in the business: British game developer legend Peter Molyneux; Japanese music game masters Tetsuya Mizuguchi, and Keiichi Yano; Assassin‘s Creed producer Jade Raymond; Crysis developer Cevat Yerli; Guitar Hero and RockBand creator Alex Rigopulos; French visionary David Cage; Sims and Spore developer Will Wright; or LittleBigPlanet creator Mark Healey. Over 50 game industry leaders have appeared on the show.


Gamehotel is owned and produced by TNC Network, a digital media consultancy specializing in interactive entertainment and emerging communication technologies. TNC Network has earned an international reputation with its trend-setting event formats, cross-media productions, congresses and innovation workshops, and consulting activities developed for clients in business, media and research. It was founded in Paris in 1995 by interactive entertainment experts, event and media producers, Tina Cassani and Bruno Beusch.

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