Major sponsors and speakers announced for Games Invest 2011 at the Eurogamer Expo

Friday 12th August 2011: Eurogamer and GamesIndustry.biz today announced that SEGA, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, NESTA and GAMESbrief have joined the growing list of investors, sponsors and speakers at the Games Invest 2011 event on Thursday 22nd September at the Eurogamer Expo.

Games Invest, which was a sell-out event last year, is an opportunity for small-to-medium-sized games and tech companies to discover more about games investment, and also have an opportunity to network and pitch informally and formally to investors, angels, publishers, platform-holders and other games financiers.

Every ticket purchase for Games Invest 2011 includes a morning of sessions presented by key investors and games businesses, a networking lunch, full access to the Eurogamer Expo and GamesIndustry.biz Career Fair plus an application form for games companies to apply for formal pitch meetings with games investors.

Confirmed Games Invest 2011 investors, sponsors and speakers now include:

SCEE XDev - Platform-holder Sony’s External Development Studio Europe

SEGA - Games publisher and huge supporter of UK development

NESTA - the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts

GAMESbrief - a games blog written by respected industry commentator and

advisor Nicholas Lovell

London Venture Partners - a European venture capital fund established by

Phil Harrison, David Lau-Kee, David Gardner and Paul Heydon

More investors, sponsors and speakers will be announced in the next few weeks.

Investors have full access to every investment meeting application form before the event and, if the application is successful, will use this information to arrange formal half-hour afternoon meetings with games companies in private meeting rooms on Thursday 22 September. Last year’s event featured eight investors and more than 30 private meetings between games companies and investors - with many more expected for Games Invest 2011.

“Games Invest is a great opportunity for London Venture Partners to meet with games and technology companies seeking investment,” commented Phil Harrison, General Partner of London Venture Partners. “ Both investors and games companies benefit from the informal networking and structured meeting schedule.”

I found Games Invest in 2010 showed us the kind of event that games companies like doublesix need,” said James Brooksby, Studio Head of doublesix Games after attending last year’s event.

" We felt the real value of Games Invest was the opportunity to meet a host of quality, very early stage small businesses," added Jonathan Newth, founding partner at Tenshi Ventures. " In fact, we eventually made an investment offer to one of the companies we met at the event."

Tickets for the event are strictly limited, and last year’s Games Invest sold out weeks in advance. If you’d like to book your place for Games Invest 2011 for £99 (plus booking fee), check out the latest event schedule and find out more about the process for applying for games investor meetings, visit http://gamesinvest2011.eventbrite.com and follow @gibiz on Twitter for updates and information.

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