Crytek's Avni Yerli Joins the Game Developers Conference Europe Advisory Board

    BERLIN, May 22 /CNW/ -- The Game Developers Conference(R) Europe today
welcomed a new member, Avni Yerli, managing director of Crytek GmbH, to its
advisory board. With Yerli, the advisory board gains the expertise of another
well-known and highly experienced game developer. In 1999, Yerli co-founded
Crytek GmbH, which today is the largest independent game development company
in Germany with approximately 470 employees in six countries.


    Released in March 2004, Far Cry was the first game developed by Crytek
and became an enormously successful title which sold 2.6 million copies. Its
successor, the equally successful title Crysis, was released in November 2007
and followed by Crysis Warhead in September 2008. Crytek's proprietary
CryENGINE game development solution is regarded as one of the leading
technologies in the world, winning various awards.

    "I am flattered to have joined the GDC Europe advisory board and am
looking forward to working with a talented group of advisors," said Avni
Yerli, Managing Director of Crytek. "Together with their strong opinions and
vision, I am confident that the advisory board can create a conference that
will hit the industry's nerve."

    "It is great to welcome Avni Yerli on board of GDC Europe," said Frank
Sliwka, Vice President European Business Development of Think Services. "He is
definitely one of the leading personalities in the European games industry and
I am sure that his knowledge can elevate the conference to a whole new level."

    GDC Europe will be held in conjunction with gamescom, the leading game
industry European event for consumers, publishers, and trade professionals.
GDC Europe takes place August 17-19 at the Cologne Congress East Center in
Cologne, Germany, and will host more than 80 sessions addressing the needs and
opportunities for developers and business professionals throughout Europe
today. Learn more about GDC Europe at

    About Crytek GmbH
    Crytek GmbH ("Crytek") is one of the world's leading independent
development studios for interactive entertainment with its headquarters in
Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and additional studios in Kiev (Ukraine), Budapest
(Hungary), Sofia (Bulgaria), Seoul (South Korea) and Nottingham (UK).

    Crytek is dedicated to creating exceptionally high quality video games
for the PC and next-generation consoles, powered by their proprietary cutting
edge 3D-Game-Technology CryENGINE(R).

    Since its foundation in 1999, Crytek created the multi-award winning PC
titles Far Cry(R), Crysis, awarded best PC Game of E3 2007 and Best Technology
at the 2008 Game Developers Choice Awards and Crysis Warhead(R), awarded Best
Graphics Technology at IGN Best of 2008 Awards.

    Crytek, Crysis, Crysis Warhead and CryENGINE are registered trademarks or
trademarks of Crytek GmbH in the USA, Germany and/or other countries.

    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,,,,,, 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, 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

                      Simon Wondracek, Gerriet Ohls, Europe
                      +49 (0)251 7481123

                      Ben Veechai, North America

                      Frank Sliwka, VP European Business Development
                      +49 (0)171 1288898


For further information:

For further information: Media, Europe, Simon Wondracek,,
or Gerriet Ohls,, +49 (0)251 7481123, both for Think Services
Game Group; North America, Ben Veechai of Think Services Game Group,
+1-415-947-6280,; or GDC Europe Contact, Frank
Sliwka, VP European Business Development of Think Services Game Group, +49
(0)171 1288898,  Web Site:       

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