IGDA Women in Games and Women in Games International Co-Host VIP Event

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Thursday, November 6, 2008---Austin, TX--- IGDA Women in Games today announces their VIP mixer and featured panel session at America’s Video Game Expo (VGXPO), November 21-23. Committed to supporting women in games, IGDA Women in Games is a sub-organization of the International Game Developers Association.

IGDA Women in Games and Women in Games International are co-hosting a special VIP industry mixer at VGXPO in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 22. Entitled“Attack of the 5 Foot Women,” the game industry VIP mixer will be the entertaining wrap-up to a full day of executive panels and workshops at the East Coast Games Summit, the industry-focused program for VGXPO.

Free-flowing food, drink and door prizes will be offered to select East Coast Games Summit attendees, speakers, sponsors and VIP’s at the swanky Solefood Lounge, located at Loew’s, 1200 Market Street. Scheduled from 5 pm to 8, the mixer is free to attend and game industry not attending VGXPO are also welcome, with advance RSVP. Mixer sponsors include Mary-Margaret Network, Big Fish Games, 2K Boston, Tencent Boston, TFPSoft , Fusion Creative Studios and 78friends.com.

The“Attack of the 5 Foot Women” mixer kicks off with the WIGI Celebrity Ebay Auction, a collection of over a hundred video games and game-related merchandise items -- much of it signed by industry leaders -- being auctioned to raise funds for Women in Games International. Visit www.womeningamesinternational.org to see the complete auction item list. Just in time for the holidays, you can begin your bidding online for unique game gifts on Saturday, November 22.

On Sunday, November 23, IGDA Women in Games is presenting a featured panel at the East Coast Games Summit. Fiona Cherbak, Chairperson of IGDA Women in Games, will moderate the panel billed as“What’s Next?: Women in Games.” Comprised of esteemed industry experts, this session will take a close look at what women have accomplished in games and what happens next for female professionals and players alike. The panelist line-up includes Gano Haine, Principal, The ONAG Group; Amber Dalton, PMS Clan Leader; Kim Callery, Game Design Program Chair, IADT-Detroit; and Jill Duffy, Editor-in-Chief, GameCareerGuide.com and Senior Contributing Editor, Game Developer. More info at www.igda.org/women.

“I believe it is very important to support the mission of IGDA Women In Games, and to support women in technology in general,” stated Ed Fleming, founder and Executive Director of VGXPO.“I am proud that VGXPO and the East Coast Games Summit are playing host to the VIP mixer and the‘women in games’ panel. These events provide a new venue for IGDA and WIGI and are a great addition to the VGXPO experience.”

Held at the beautiful new Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia, this year’s VGXPO game consumer show and industry conference promises to be even bigger and more impressive than the last. With a $800,000 in marketing campaign, NBC Universal is providing VGXPO with significant advertising support, including 800 TV commercials, live feeds and a Today Show appearance, and additional value added content including TV and Sci Fi Channel previews and celebrity guests

Some of the feature presentations lined up for VGXPO Game Summit include keynotes from recognized game industry representatives; an executive workshop on Agile project management in game development presented by GameRecruiter; a pitch session for aspiring game developers to present their original game ideas to game development experts, education and diversity panels, and a‘state of the games industry’ roundtable with industry insiders.

Speakers include representatives from Electronic Arts, Sony Computer Entertainment of America, Nexon, Ubisoft, Viximo, Zeitgeist Games, Acclaim Entertainment, Obsidian Entertainment, International Game Developers Association (IGDA), Entertainment Software Association (ESA), Full Sail, SMU Guild Hall, Devry University, Savannah College of Art and Design and the Vancouver Film School. More info is available at www.vgxpo.com.

For more details regarding IGDA Women in Games Special Interest Group, contact women@igda.org, or contact Morgan Ogburn, ThemePark Studios, 512/916-9633 or morgan@themeparkstudios.com, for more information.

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