Inaugural Game Developers Conference(R) Europe 2009 Hosts Nearly 1,500 Industry Professionals


    COLOGNE, Germany, Aug. 21 /CNW/ -- Think Services' Game Developers
Conference  Europe (GDC Europe) concluded on Wednesday, August 19 with a final
count of nearly 1,500 professionals and aspiring game developers in attendance
at the Cologne Congress East Center in Cologne, Germany.  GDC Europe is the
largest professionals-only game industry event in Europe providing a platform
for game makers from all across the continent and the world to share best
practices, inspire one another and make new connections while sharing and
celebrating advancements in interactive entertainment.  The three day event
featured a full lineup of more than 130 speakers from around the world, over
40 exhibitors and sponsors, and more than 250 media representatives presenting
keynotes addresses, lectures, panels, discussions, and sessions.  GDC Europe
returns to the Cologne, Germany on August 16-18, 2010.

    Keynote speaker Cevat Yerli, CEO of Crytek, kicked off the conference
Monday with a keynote lecture before a packed audience where he discussed the
challenges of creating the gaming world's most graphically-intense gameplay
experiences, and creating the technology for gaming platforms that won't exist
until three years in the future.  Matias Myllyrinne, Managing Director of
Finland's Remedy Entertainment, covered the topic of creating successful new
intellectual property for games during his keynote speech on Monday,
referencing the company's blockbuster shooter franchise, Max Payne and their
hotly-anticipated Alan Wake.

    During his keynote speech on Tuesday, CEO of Icelandic game developer CCP
Hilmar Veigar Petursson, made the unexpected announcement of Dust 514, a
console-based massively multiplayer online first person shooter set within the
world of EVE Online, CCP's landmark massively multiplayer title, which now
boasts an audience of more than 300,000 active users.  Tuesday also saw the
keynote from David Cage, founder and CEO of Quantic Dream, in which Cage
discussed conquering the challenges of expressing mature, emotionally resonant
interactive narratives for games, and how these challenges are being addressed
in his company's upcoming title, Heavy Rain.

    On Wednesday, Klaas Kersting, CEO of Gameforge Productions, discussed the
history of the popular free massively multiplayer title, Gameforge, during his
keynote.  Kersting spoke about the cultural difference between Europe and
Asian game design that make Gameforge stand out as a distinctly European take
on online role playing games.

    "With GDC Europe concluded, we're happy to look back at a truly
successful event that will help guide the European game industry even further
into the spotlight," said Frank Sliwka, Vice President European Business
Development of Think Services Game Group.  "From Sweden to Germany, France to
England, amazing developers from every corner of the continent and throughout
North America and Asia came together to make this conference truly
pan-European as well as global."

    For a more information on GDC Europe, visit:

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    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


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Services Game Group, +1-415-947-6280,; or Brian
Rubin of fortyseven communications, +1-212-391-4707,; or
GDC Europe, Frank Sliwka, Vice President European Business Development of
Think Services Game Group, +49 (0)171 1288898, Web

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