Association of Virtual Worlds Partners With Evergreen Events and ION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEATTLE, WA, March 19, 2008– Evergreen Events, the agency behind the first-class ION Game Conference, is delighted to announce a partnership with the pioneering industry organization for online virtual worlds, the Association of Virtual Worlds. The Association for Virtual Worlds is an 800 member-strong-and-growing online network of executives, vendors, partners, producers, and users from the virtual worlds community.

This partnership incorporates co-promotion and support in effectively addressing virtual worlds challenges and opportunities through online and real-world channels. The Association of Virtual Worlds is officially partnered for the 2008 ION Game Conference. As a partner, members of the Association of Virtual Worlds will receive an exclusive $75 discount to attend the 2008 ION Game Conference.

"Virtual worlds are an important and growing part of the online game development community. I feel this partnership gives peers new avenues within online games, virtual worlds and social networking to connect with each other. The ION Game Conference is a real world venue for what the Association of Virtual Worlds does online. There's a lot possibilities within this partnership to explore," said Cynthia Freese, CEO of Evergreen Events and Executive Director of the ION Game Conference.

"It is a pleasure to be so closely linked to ION as it is my belief that virtual worlds and games are part of the exciting future of the Internet," stated Edita Kaye, Founder of the Association for Virtual Worlds.

"I am thrilled that the Association is partnering with the ION Game Conference. As the Association seeks to establish itself as an important forum in the industry and for outreach, working together with leaders like Cynthia Freese and her team is critical. We look forward to a great event in May," added Dave Elchoness, Executive Director of the Association of Virtual Worlds.

"As a developer and advisory board member for the Association of Virtual Worlds I am extremely excited with the partnership with Evergreen Events and the ION Game Conference," said David E. Wisotzky, President/CEO of Xivio LLC. "With ION's focus on 'redefining online' and Cynthia, Edita and Dave's vision, this partnership will surely help take virtual worlds to the next level. This partnership will definitely forge business relationships that will last."

For more information about the Association of Virtual Worlds, please visit http://www.associationofvirtualworlds.com.

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ION is Powered By:

2008 ION GAME CONFERENCE SPONSORS: BigWorld, Dolby, Enterprise Seattle, Goodwin Procter, Kelley Drye, Omni Interactive Audio, Parature, PlaySpan, PLAYXPERT, PowerUp Games, Solid State Networks, Sony Online Entertainment and Vivox.

2008 ION GAME CONFERENCE PARTNERS: Association of Virtual Worlds, China GC Networks, MPOGD, Pearl Research and Themis Group

About the Association of Virtual Worlds

The Association of Virtual Worlds believes that virtual worlds represent a major information and technological revolution in how we work, play and live. The Association mission is to serve those companies and individuals who are dedicated to the advancement of this multi-billion dollar global industry and reach out to those who have not yet found virtual worlds.

About Evergreen Events

Evergreen Events, Inc., ( http://www.evergreenevents.org), is a 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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Dave Elchoness

Executive Director

Association of Virtual Worlds

E-mail: dave@AssociationofVirtualWorlds.com


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