Cologne— Aug. 17, 2009— Think Services’ Game Developers Conference® Europe (GDC Europe) commences today at the Cologne Congress East Center in Cologne, Germany through Wednesday, August 19. GDC Europe is the largest professionals-only game industry event in Europe providing a platform for game makers to share best practices, give inspiration and make new connections while celebrating advancements of interactive entertainment. The three day event hosts a robust lineup of keynotes addresses, lectures, panels, roundtable discussions and sessions, emphasizing timely content and topics in business, game design, production, programming and visual arts.

Presented in conjunction with gamescom, the leading game industry European event for consumers, publishers, and trade professionals, GDC Europe features more than 130 speakers from around the world, 40 exhibitors and more than 150 media representatives.

“We are extremely excited and proud to open the GDC Europe doors here in Cologne and host a premier international event that caters to the European game development community,” said Frank Sliwka, Vice President European Business Development of Think Services Game Group.“We have a terrific keynote line-up made up of industry leaders from all over the continent and a remarkable roster of speakers to address current and future issues faced by game creators both in Europe and around the world.”

GDC Europe will feature keynote addresses by Matias Myllyrinne of Max Payne and Alan Wake developer Remedy, Hilmar Pétursson of EVE Online developer CCP, Cevat Yerli of FarCry and Crysis developer Crytek, Klaas Kersting of German online game leader Gameforge and David Cage of Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream

For a complete list of GDC Europe event information including keynotes and speaker line-up, visit:

About the Think Services Game Group

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About Think Services, a division of United Business Media

Think Services connects specialized communities worldwide using educational events, consulting, training, certification, membership, and innovative media. Providing comprehensive opportunities for people to learn from, network with, and inspire each other, Think Services builds strong brands and works within communities to foster a unique affinity with its products and services. The division's flagship products include the Game Developers Conference, the Webby Award-winning, Game Developer magazine, the International Customer Management Institute (ICMI), and HDI. Think Services is a subsidiary of United Business Media, a global media and marketing services company with a marketcapitalization of more than $1.6 billion. To learn more, visit

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