The first ever China Game Outsourcing Conference (CGOC) is to held during this year's ChinaJoy expo in Shanghai.
CGOC will include forums and business match meetings aimed at providing game companies both in China and abroad with a platform for communication on outsourcing.
According to market research conducted by Niko Partner, 60 per cent of game developers worldwide outsource parts of their business. Screen Digest has predicted that outsourcing will account for 40 per cent of global development costs in 2010, a percentage that would be worth in the region of $2.5bn.
The value of that business to Shanghai has far exceeded that of other Chinese cities, with outsourced production providers such as Virtuos and Mineloader flourishing. Meanwhile, companies such as Activision, Eidos, EA and Epic have all set up business branches in Shanghai.
According to Han Zhihai, ChinaJoy's secretary-general, the event will promote vigorous development of game outsourcing in China.
The ChinaJoy expo annually attracts visitor numbers of over 100,000, including gamers, around 500 media outlets and over 10,000 local and international trade visitors. It will take place this year from July 29-August 1.