Inaugural Game Developers Conference(R) Canada Opens in Vancouver, British Columbia Today

    Conference Brings Together Canadian Developer Luminaries for Two Days of
Learning and Inspiration

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 12 /CNW/ -- The Think Services Game Group and Reboot
Communications today open the Game Developers Conference(R) Canada (GDC
Canada) at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Center (VCEC).  Building
off the success of the Vancouver International Games Summit, GDC Canada will
be a two day forum for Canadian developers to share best practices for
fostering ingenuity and quality games, and featuring sessions with leaders of
Canada's game development community. Unique to GDC Canada is its focus on
cross-discipline collaboration during the production cycle with tracks
dedicated to: Concept/Preproduction, Production, Finalling and

    Don Mattrick, senior vice president, Interactive Entertainment Business,
Microsoft, will kick-off the inaugural GDC Canada with a keynote address
scheduled for Tuesday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m. PST in room 118 of the VCEC.  The
keynote, "The Evolution of the Canadian Game Industry: A Conversation with Don
Mattrick," will be conducted in an engaging discussion format where Mattrick
will be joined onstage by Victor Lucas, creator, executive producer and
co-host of "The Electric Playground."  Doctors Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk,
co-founders of BioWare, developers of Star Wars(R): Knights of the Old
Republic(TM) and Mass Effect(TM) among many others, will deliver the second
keynote, entitled "Emotionally Engaging Narrative: Gaming's New Frontier" on
Wednesday, May 13 at 9:30 a.m. PST.

    "For years, Canadian developers have won hard fought lessons and
established best practices on how to build better games with better teams,"
said Izora de Lillard, event director at Think Services Game Group. "GDC
Canada is an opportunity for Canadian developers to come together to learn
from one another, form new connections and share ideas to reinvigorate the
game development community."

    GDC Canada features an expo area and networking receptions where
attendees can meet with representatives from Blue Castle, Hansoft, Microsoft,
Next Level Games, Radical, Relic, Super Rewards, and Yummy Interactive, among
others. The complete list of event sponsors and exhibitors is available at

    GDC Canada will also play host to the Future Play Conference @ GDC
Canada, an exploration of groundbreaking ideas alongside some of the world's
most interesting games researchers and developers, and the Game Career
Seminar, designed for developers looking to make a career move within the
industry.  For more information about GDC Canada, please visit

    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 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), Game Developers
Conference(R) Austin, Game Developers Conference(R) Europe, Game Developers
Conference(R) China, GDC Mobile, the Game Career Seminars, the Independent
Games Festival and Summit, and the Game Developers Choice Awards. For more
information, please visit

    Contact:  Teresa Tyndorf / Brian Rubin
              fortyseven communications
              323.658.1200 / 212.391.4707

              Ahmad White
              Think Services Game Group


For further information:

For further information: Teresa Tyndorf, +1-323-658-1200,, or Brian Rubin, +1-212-391-4707,,
both of fortyseven communications; or Ahmad White of Think Services Game
Group, +1-415-947-6207, Web Site:         

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