Osborne Clarke becomes main sponsor of the ESCONF

Berlin, May 22, 2009– The ESCONF welcomes the internationally renowned law firm Osborne Clarke as the new main sponsor for this year’s conference. In addition to their financial support for the sixth ESCONF taking place from May 26th to 27th Osborne Clarke will also contribute to the topic of the event; Nicolas Gabrysch, partner of Osborne Clarke in the Cologne office, is going to lead the workshop“eSport teams and the optimal legal form– GoAhead uG or GmbH”. Participants of the ESCONF will gain an overview over the most relevant legal forms and will be informed about the right decisions and concomitant financial investments.

“Having such a renowned law firm on our side is great. It furthermore shows the commitment of Osborne Clarke to this young industry. For the participants it will definitely be a great opportunity to get important know-how on establishing a business in eSports”, says Frank Sliwka, Vice President European Business Development at Think Servies Game Group Germany.

“Osborne Clarke has been contributing to the ESCONF with speeches and workshops since the second conference. Given the plenty of positive experience it was only a matter of course for us to extend our involvement and add financial support to this event also”, explains Konstantin Ewald, partner of the law firm Osborne Clarke.

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

About Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke is an international law firm, which is acting the the sectors of Tax- and Employment Law, Technology and Media Law as well as in the Interactive Entertainment sector and Building Law, Patent- and Public Procurement Law as well as Property Law.

More than 500 lawyers with offices across 16 major European cities and the USA are working for Osborne Clarke. In Germany Osborne Clarke is represented in Cologne and Munich with more than 60 lawyers. Further information: www.osborneclarke.com

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 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. 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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