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SEATTLE, Washington, May 19, 2008 - Nearly a week of high-powered networking and knowledge exchange occurred at the online interactive entertainment-focused 2008 ION Game Conference in Seattle, starting from the early check-in reception on May 12th continuing through the closing keynote on May 15th.
2008 ION Game Conference Facts:
• Over 500 attendees from around the world attended ION, an increase of about 50% from 2007.
• Over 270 companies from game development, content delivery networks, middleware and other companies were in attendance.
• 19 countries were represented at the 2008 ION Game Conference
• Nearly 70 lectures, mini-lectures, panels and roundtables
• Over 110 speakers covering Community, Business/Legal, Programming/Technical, Research/Education, Design, Globalization topics.
• ION in 2008 has been supported by 25 sponsors and 8 partners
ION keynote addresses were delivered by Won Il Sue, Vice President of Neowiz; John Smedley, President of Sony Online Entertainment; Yat Siu, Founder and CEO, Outblaze and Sanrio Digital and Alex St. John, CEO of Wild Tangent. Networking opportunities were numerous and well-attended, including an early check-in champagne reception, the official ION reception at the Seattle Aquarium, and speed dating-style breakfasts over all three days.
"This year's ION was a huge step forward for Evergreen Events and for the many returning and new attendees who participated," proclaimed Peter Freese, Director of the 2008 ION Game Conference. "We delivered three days filled with content, networking, amazing food. We're already anxious to start planning an amazing experience for 2009 ION attendees."
The ION Game Conference is an annual Seattle-based game industry event designed for an experienced international attendee audience or those whostrive to network and learn about new online game development and business trends. Visit the official website at http://www.ionconference.com for the latest news and information about the 2008 ION Game Conference. For more information about the global and diversified advisory board supporting the ION Game Conference, visit http://www.ionconference.com/advisors.php.
To keep informed about the latest news about ION and the online game industry, sent straight to your e-mail Inbox, sign up for the free ION Connection newsletter at http://www.ionconference.com/signup.html. To network and share news with fellow members of the online game development community, join up with the ION Network here: http://ionnetwork.ning.com.
ION is Powered By:
2008 ION GAME CONFERENCE SPONSORS: 24 Seven, Aria, Big Fish Games, BigWorld, Convergys, Dolby, Eidos, enterpriseSeattle, GNi, Goodwin Procter, Humanity Online, iovation, Kelley Drye, MindArk, Omni Interactive Audio, Parature, PlaySpan, PLAYXPERT, PowerUp Games, Scott G. Warner, Solid State Networks, Sony Online Entertainment, Terremark, Testronic Laboratories, and Vivox.
2008 ION GAME CONFERENCE PARTNERS: Association of Virtual Worlds, China GC Networks, DFC Intelligence, MPOGD, Pearl Research, Stratics, Themis Group, and Thisisgame.
About Evergreen Events
Evergreen Events, Inc., ( http://www.evergreenevents.org), is an independent Seattle area-based producer of conferences and events for the interactive entertainment industry. Evergreen Events is dedicated to the enrichment of both established and aspiring professionals through innovative first-class events offering exceptional content that is compelling, educational, and cogent. Our directors and advisors bring over a century of collective successful experience and involvement in the game industry.
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