GDC Goes to Canada: Game Developers Conference Partners With Reboot Communications to Bring GDC Canada to 2009 Vancouver Digital Week

    GDC Canada to Serve Key Region Known for Interactive Entertainment with
    Global Perspectives on Cross-Discipline Content

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ -- Think Services Game Group has entered
into a partnership with Reboot Communications to present Game Developers
Conference (GDC) Canada in association with New Media BC's Vancouver Digital
Week in May 2009.  In response to Canada's increasingly important role in the
international game development landscape, the GDC has committed to bringing a
world-class conference focused on fostering critical information exchange,
creating connections and stimulating creativity. Building on the success of
the Vancouver International Game Summit, GDC Canada will feature global
perspectives on cross-discipline and cross-platform content, with an eye to
serving the increasingly significant Canadian games business sector.
    "GDC's strength is in its ability to translate its core values to provide
both global and local relevance," Kathy Schoback, Executive Vice President of
Global Events, Think Services, said.  "We are incredibly excited to partner
with Reboot and New Media BC on GDC Canada, which will serve the regional
development community with conference content designed to engender learning,
networking and inspiration."
    The first Vancouver Game Summit, dedicated to bringing the Canadian
sector international perspectives on developing games for the new generation
of consoles, took place in 2007.  For the last two years, the Summit has
served an audience of programmers, artists, game designers, producers, and
studio leads.  GDC Canada will retain the focus of serving developers, and
promises to bring GDC-quality conference content through top-tier speakers
offering fresh viewpoints.
    "We are proud to have served the Canadian game development community over
the last few years," Greg Spievak, CEO of Reboot Communications, said.
"Bringing the deep connections and expertise of the GDC to the community will
take the developer event to the next level, and together we will serve this
major game development region with the focus and resources it deserves."
    Vancouver Digital Week, organized by New Media BC, is an immersive week
of innovative programming and partnership opportunities for the digital media
industry that features top minds from around the globe.  Participants gain
access to international business match-making, 'big picture' conference
sessions on the latest trends and markets in digital media, high-level
seminars for creators, designers, and producers, and vibrant networking
    "Bringing the globally respected GDC brand to the Vancouver digital media
community will help to enhance business relations and learning quality for our
region's developers," noted Kenton Low, President of New Media BC.  "Vancouver
Digital Week will be even more compelling with the addition of GDC Canada."
    More information on Canada GDC will be available soon.  In the meantime,
please visit for more information.
    About Think Services
    Think Services connects specialized communities worldwide using
innovative media, educational events, consulting, training and certification.
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, HDI (formerly the Help Desk Institute), and Dr.
Dobb's Journal.  Think Services is a subsidiary of United Business Media
(, a global provider of news distribution
and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than
$2.5 billion.   To learn more, visit
    About United Business Media Limited
    United Business Media Limited is a leading global business media company.
We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events,
online, in print, and with the information they need to do business
successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from
doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from
farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,500 staff in more than 30
countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities,
helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and
    For more information, go to
    About Reboot Communications
    Reboot Communications Ltd. is a Canadian company based in British
Columbia, that specializes in organizing and implementing national and
international conferences focused on information technology, public safety,
privacy and security, health, electronic gaming and counterterrorism. Over the
past twelve years, Reboot has provided a full spectrum of conference
management services to the private and public sector, including: marketing and
communications, logistics, agenda development, sponsorship sales, research and
intergovernmental expertise.  For more information please visit:
    About New Media BC
    New Media BC is British Columbia's not-for-profit digital media industry
association representing over 1,100 digital media companies employing 16,000+
individuals working in sectors including interactive games, visual effects,
interactive marketing & design, eLearning, animation, Web 2.0 and mobile
content.  New Media BC helps these businesses to grow via professional
development, networking and advocacy programs. For more information, please

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For further information: Sibel Sunar of fortyseven communications,
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