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Run on the first GDC Europe in Cologne

Berlin, August 13

Berlin,— August 13, 2009— Even before its premier the Games Developers® Conference Europe (GDC Europe) can boast with impressive numbers. Over 1.600 participants have yet registered for Europe’s most important games developers conference given the outstanding program of the GDC Europe: Over 130 speakers and more than 40 exhibiting companies from more than 35 nations turn this event to Europe’s developers highlight addressing developers, managers and producers from all over the world.

The media, too, feels confident that the GDC Europe kicks off as one of the most important events this year. More than 240 media representatives have yet been accredited for the developers conference in the Cologne Congress Centrum East on the fairgrounds in Cologne from August 17 to 19, further accreditation requests are under way.

Five keynotes from European key companies such as Quantic Dream, Remedy, CCP, Gameforge or Crytek mark the highlights for the participants. Further speakers represent companies with names as illustrious as Bioware, Blitz Games, Capcom, Exozet, Foundation 9, Microsoft, Replay Studios, Streamline Studios, Ubisoft, Zootfly and Zynga– in a nutshell, the industry’s world elite.

In an effort to guarantee this standard of high quality, numerous companies from the industry are supporting the GDC Europe this year. Industry leaders like Crytek, Autodesk, Bigpoint, Intel or Gameforge help creating an appropriate framework. In the showroom area, open on August 17 and 18, companies such as Enzyme Labs, Firelight, Crytek, Hansoft, Intel or Xtend present their latest products and developments. Communication areas provide room for professional talk or exchange on new business opportunities.

“Thanks to its numerous first-class speakers and the vast interest of the industry, the GDC Europe can yet be considered as a success story”, says Frank Sliwka, Vice President European Business Development of the host Think Services.“The combination of Kölnmesse and the new gamescom provides us a setting that perfectly fits to the concept of the conference. Given this, the most important days of the entire European games industry take place in North Rhine-Westphalia in August– and the best thing is: The whole world is watching!”

The GDC Europe takes place in the Congress Centrum East Koelnmesse from August 17 to 19. With more than 1.600 participants from 46 countries the GDC Europe is Europe’s most important games developers conference.

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

PRESS RELATIONS:

Simon Wondracek, Gerriet Ohls, Europe

+49 (0)251 7481123

sw@fragster.de, go@fragster.de

Ben Veechai, North America

+1-415-947-6280

bveechai@think-services.com

CONTACT GDC EUROPE:

Frank Sliwka, VP European Business Development

+49 (0)171 1288898

fsliwka@think-services.com


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