Game Developers Conference(R) Europe 2009 Kicks Off the Largest Pan-Europe Game Professional Gathering

    GDC Europe Offers an Essential Forum for Learning, Inspiring and
    Networking for Creators of Computer, Console, Handheld, Mobile and Online
    Games in Europe

    COLOGNE, Germany, Aug. 17 /CNW/ -- Think Services' Game Developers
Conference  Europe (GDC Europe) commences today at the Cologne Congress East
Center in Cologne, Germany through Wednesday, August 19.  GDC Europe is the
largest professionals-only game industry event in Europe providing a platform
for game makers to share best practices, give inspiration and make new
connections while celebrating advancements of interactive entertainment.  The
three day event hosts a robust lineup of keynotes addresses, lectures, panels,
roundtable discussions and sessions, emphasizing timely content and topics in
business, game design, production, programming and visual arts.

    Presented in conjunction with gamescom, the leading game industry
European event for consumers, publishers, and trade professionals, GDC Europe
features more than 130 speakers from around the world, 40 exhibitors and more
than 150 media representatives.

    "We are extremely excited and proud to open the GDC Europe doors here in
Cologne and host a premier international event that caters to the European
game development community," said Frank Sliwka, Vice President European
Business Development of Think Services Game Group.  "We have a terrific
keynote line-up made up of industry leaders from all over the continent and a
remarkable roster of speakers to address current and future issues faced by
game creators both in Europe and around the world."

    GDC Europe will feature keynote addresses by Matias Myllyrinne of Max
Payne and Alan Wake developer Remedy, Hilmar Petursson of EVE Online developer
CCP, Cevat Yerli of FarCry and Crysis developer Crytek, Klaas Kersting of
German online game leader Gameforge and David Cage of Heavy Rain developer
Quantic Dream

    For a complete list of GDC Europe event information including keynotes
and speaker line-up, visit:

    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,, and other Gamasutra Network websites,
the Game Developers Conference , the Game Developers Conference  Austin, the
Game Developers Conference  Europe, the Game Developers Conference  China, the
Game Developers Conference  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

    MEDIA CONTACT:  Simon Wondracek / Gerriet Ohls, Europe
                    +49 (0)251 7481123

                    Ben Veechai / Brian Rubin
                    Think Services Game Group / fortyseven communications
                    415-947-6280, 212-391-4707

                    Frank Sliwka, Vice President European Business
                    +49 (0)171 1288898

For further information:

For further information: Media, Simon Wondracek,, or
Gerriet Ohls, Europe,, +49 (0)251 7481123, Ben Veechai of Think
Services, +1-415-947-6280,, or Brian Rubin of
fortyseven communications, +1-212-391-4707,, or GDC
Europe, Frank Sliwka, Vice President European Business Development, +49 (0)171
1288898, Web Site:     

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