GamesMarkt becomes official media partner of the ESCONF

International eSports Conference (ESCONF)

Cologne, May 26th - 27th 2009

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Berlin, April 17, 2009. The ESCONF (International eSports Conference), taking place on May 26th and 27th in Cologne at Electronic Arts, will this year again be supported by GamesMarkt, the leading business magazine for decision makers in the games industry. GamesMarkt is the official media partner for the ESCONF on B2B communication and will report on selected issues, topics and backgrounds of the ESCONF in both their print and online issues.

„We are definitely happy to have GamesMarkt as our media partner. Last year the cooperation proceeded smoothly and successfully for both parties. Thus we are glad to be working together with GamesMarkt this year again“, emphazises Carsten Kohlenbeck, Project Manager GDC Europe and eSports at Think Services Game Group Germany and responsible for the ESCONF.

“Given the extended program, that now involves politicians, teachers, parents, high-school and university students for the first time, the ESCONF comes up to the significance of eSports in Germany even better. Counting on the expertise and experience of the GDC host Think Services guarantees a substantiated event with plenty of newsworthy topics”, says Harald Hesse, Editor-in-Chief at GamesMarkt.

Further information and the registration for the ESCONF are to be found on the website www.esconf.com

About GamesMarkt

GamesMarkt is the business magazine for decision makers and the people behind the games industry and

provides an comprehensive insight into the market: By exclusive studies, prognoses, background stories, analyses, portraits and interviews. GamesMarkt is the intermediary between the industry, politics, media and science. Once a year GamesMarkt awards LARA in 17 different categories– the German Games Award. LARA rewards games, concepts and formats of special quality as well as personalities with outstanding merits on the entertainment industry. Further information: www.gamesmarkt.de and www.lara-award.de

About the International eSports Conference (ESCONF)

The„International eSports Conference“ takes place in 2009 for the sixth time and is the world’s most important business and networking platform for eSport and gaming communities. This young industry presents itself in speeches, workshops, meetings, business initiations (eSports Connection) and networking events and informs and discusses current and important topics of the eSport market. Whereas speeches address high-school and university students, teachers, parents, politicians and the media, workshops are provided for eSportsmen and their managements. In private meetings, eSport organizations discuss current developments, trends and problems. eSports Connection is an exclusive speed dating event for external businesses along with companies from the eSports industry. Further information: www.esconf.com

About the Think Services Game Group

A core provider of essential information to the professional game industry, the Think Services Game Group offers market-defining content, and drives community through its award winning lineup of print, online, event and research products and services. These include Game Developer Magazine, Game Developer Research, the Webby Award-winning Gamasutra.com, GameCareerGuide.com, WorldsInMotion.biz, GameSetWatch.com, GamesOnDeck.com, SeriousGamesSource.com, the Game Developers Conference®, the Game Developers Conference® Austin, the Game Developers Conference® Europe, the Game Developers Conference® China, GDC Mobile, the Game Career Seminars, the Independent Games Festival and Summit, and the Game Developers Choice Awards. To learn more, visit www.tsgamegroup.com

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 Gamasutra.com, 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 market capitalization of more than $1.6 billion. To learn more, visit www.think-services.com.


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