2009 Game Developers Conference Austin Focuses on Connected Games


    7th Annual Leading Online Game Developer Event Returns with Stronger
Focus and Added Advisory Board Members

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Game Developers Conference(R)
Austin (GDC Austin) returns this September with three days focused on
connected games including online games, virtual worlds, and social networking.
 Now in its 7th consecutive year, GDC Austin will continue as the mecca for
online game developers worldwide to convene and share best practices, new
perspectives, and business opportunities in connected games.  GDC Austin
conference tracks focus on the disciplines of Business and Marketing, Design,
Social Networking and Community, Services, Production and Programming. 
Presented by Think Services, organizers of the industry-leading Game
Developers Conference(R) (GDC), GDC Austin is a four-day event taking place at
the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas September 15-18, 2009.

    The 2009 GDC Austin Advisory Board expands to include international game
communities and perspectives with new members: Thomas Bidaux of ICO Partners,
creator of successful European MMO titles, Dark Age of Camelot, Guild Wars and
City of Heroes, and Min Kim of Nexon, creator of the critically acclaimed
Maple Story. John Blakely of Sony Online Entertainment, Eugene Evans of
EA/Mythic Entertainment, Mike Goslin of Hangout Industries, formerly of Disney
where he developed Pirates of the Caribbean Online, and Sheri Graner Ray of
Schell Games also round out the new lineup.

    "The online gaming space continues to change and expand. GDC Austin
addresses the latest trends and challenges in connected gaming," said event
director Izora de Lillard.  "With an updated advisory board, attendees can
expect the same quality of technical sessions presented in previous years but
also specialized focus in areas like globalization and localization, micro
transactions, security, and social networking success in games."

    GDC Austin will also feature two-day Summits: Game Audio, Game Writers,
Independent Games, and the newly introduced iPhone Summit, on September 15-16,

    Online registration for GDC Austin opens in early June. For more
information on GDC Austin and the advisory board visit www.GDCAustin.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(R), the Game Developers
Conference(R) Austin, the Game Developers Conference(R) Europe, the Game
Developers Conference(R) China, the Game Developers Conference(R) Canada,  GDC
Mobile, the Game Career Seminars, the Independent Games Festival and Summit,
and the Game Developers Choice Awards.  To learn more, visit

    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.

    Contact:   Brian Rubin / Sibel Sunar
               fortyseven communications
               212.391.4707 / 323.658.1200
               brian@fortyseven.com / sibel@fortyseven.com

               Ahmad White
               Think Services Game Group


For further information:

For further information: Brian Rubin, +1-212-391-4707,
brian@fortyseven.com, or Sibel Sunar, +1-323-658-1200, sibel@fortyseven.com,
both of fortyseven communications, for Think Services; or Ahmad White of Think
Services Game Group, +1-415-947-6207, awhite@think-services.com Web Site:
http://www.think-services.com                 http://www.GDCAustin.com      

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