Connection Events and Virtuos Academy Announce Master Class Training Sessions in China

Shanghai, China, August 22, 2011 – Connection Events and Virtuos Academy have announced a new partnership to bring Connection Events’ Master Classes professional training sessions to China. The first round of training sessions will be held in Shanghai on August 28-29, 2011.

“China has already emerged as one of the largest and most important regions in the world for the digital entertainment industry, and we are excited to offer sessions led by some of the world’s leading experts in their fields,” said Pierre Carde, CEO of Connection Events.

“The Shanghai Master Classes will provide an excellent opportunity for the rapidly developing Chinese talent base to improve their skills by learning from the best in the business,” said Virtuos Ltd. CEO Gilles Langourieux. “Virtuos Academy is proud to partner with Connection Events, and to host experts who bring experiences from Pixar, Blizzard, Insomniac Games and SCEE.”

The first round of Shanghai Master Classes will include:

  • Lighting Techniques for Movies and Animation

Wen-Chin Hsu, Lighting Technical Director at Pixar Animation Studios

  • Special Effects Pipelines and Visual Techniques

Slim Ghariani, World of Warcraft FX Technical Artist at Blizzard Entertainment

  • Multi-Core and Multi-Threading Design Optimization Patterns

Mike Acton, Engine Director at Insomniac Games

  • How to Write Fast Code for Consoles

Tony Albrecht, Former SCEE Technical Consultant

The Shanghai Master Classes will last 7 hours a day for 2 days for an audience of no more than 20 attendees, and will be translated in Chinese. This limit of people per class means that the experience is highly engaging, and enables attendees to ask detailed questions and build their practical knowledge directly with the Master.

Digital entertainment professionals who are interested in attending the event are invited to visit for more information.

About Game Connection Master Classes:

Connection Events is a service provider based in France. It specializes in designing services geared towards gaming professionals, from online and in person solutions for business meetings to expert-led training sessions and online resources. It is the organizer of one of the leading business events in the video game industry: Game Connection. For any additional questions, please contact Giulia Palmieri, at

About Virtuos Academy

Virtuos Academy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Virtuos Ltd, and is the first internationally owned and managed game training center to be officially licensed by the Shanghai government. It offers higher education to those who would like to pursue studies and careers in the videogame industry and it covers all game development stages. For more information, please refer to: For any additional questions, please contact Orion Richardson at


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