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Austin Game Conference Early Registration Ends In 7 Days On Sept 30th

Austin Game Conference on October 27-28, 2005 to Host 130 Speakers, 70+ sessions in 9 conference tracks.

Austin, Texas - September 23, 2005 - Early registration for the Austin Game Conference ends on September 30th. Austin Game Conference, taking place October 27-28, 2005 in Austin, Texas, is the leading conference for online and next generation game development.

Early registration for professionals prior to September 30th is $145. After September 30th the professional price is $165 and onsite registration is $195. Early registration for students is $95. After September 30th the student price is $115 and onsite registration is $145. Early Registration can be accessed by going to http://www.gameconference.com

Registration grants access to the Khronos Developer University (Oct. 26), the Austin Game Conference (Oct 27-28), the TechPavilion and Career Pavilion (Oct 27-28), the Women's Game Conference (Oct. 26-27), and the Game Writers Conference (Oct. 26-27).

Austin Game Conference highlights include:

- Austin Game Conference's 9 Conference tracks:

Games In Asia (New track -- Oct. 28th only)

Multiplayer Business/Production

Multiplayer Design

Multiplayer Tech and Art

Multiplayer Service & Support

Mobile and Wireless Design and Profits Track

Future of the Development Pipeline

Next Generation Game Development

Khronos Developer University (Oct 26th only)

- Conference Keynotes

Day 1 - John Smedley, President of Sony Online Entertainment

Day 2 - Dr. Richard Bartle, Visiting Professor in Computer Game Design, University of Essex and creator of the MUD.

- IBM to Discuss Details of the Cell Processor

George Dolbier, IBM Senior Executive Architect for Games, will discuss details of the Cell Processor powering the next generation game platforms at the Game Technology Association meeting at AGC.

- Career Pavilion

Companies recruiting include Activision, BioWare Corp., High Voltage Software, THQ, Ensemble Studios, Midway and many others. For everyone at the show looking for a career opportuntiies this is the place to go.

- TechPavilion and Attendee Lounge

The TechPavilion showcases the latest tools, technologies, products and services. Booths and/or private meeting rooms are available. The Attendee Lounge Sponsored by Mythic Entertainment includes comfortable couches and chairs where attendees can relax and network in a casual environment. Free beer on Thursday from 1pm to 5:30pm.

- Microsoft Xbox will hold in-depth presentations covering Xbox 360Live/Marketplace, XNA studio, Windows Vista, DirectX 10

- Khronos Developer University - This one day hands-on work shop on Oct. 26th provides up-to-the-minute training on industry standard APIs for embedded graphics and video processing.

- Official Conference Party sponsored by K2 Networks Inc. - a not to be missed event.

- Sponsors and Exhibitors include:

3Dconnexion, Inc., Academy of Art University, Activision, Alias, Anark Corporation, Animation Farm , Association of shareware professionals, ATI Technologies, Austin Community College, Autodesk, Avid Computer Graphics, Bigworld Pty Ltd., BioWare Corp., BuildForge, Inc., Business Wire, Develop Magazine, Dolby, Emergent Game Technologies, Ensemble Studios, Enzyme Testing Labs, Game instinct , Game Trust, GameDev.net, GamesIndustry.biz, GC Networks/Game Creation Magazine, Ginny's Printing, GoPets, Guildhall at SMU, Havok, Hybrid Graphics Ltd., iBeta, IBM Texas Credit Union, janimation Inc , K2 Networks Inc., Khronos Group, Mary-Margaret.com, Microsoft, Microsoft Casual Games Group, Microsoft Research, Midway, MobyGames.com, Mythic Entertainment, NCSoft, NVIDIA, Omni Interactive Media, Online Game Services, Inc., Power VR (PowerVR), Real Networks/Lifetime, Scaleform Corporation , St. Edwards University, TechExcel, THQ, The OGaming Network, UAT, and Versant Corporation

- Women's Game Conference

The second annual Women's Game Conference (WGC) focuses on women in the computer and video game industry. The conference program will cover women as an essential market for game growth and diversity as a necessary tool for game development. Details at http://www.womensgameconference.com

- Game Writers Conference

The first annual Game Writers Conference (GWC) is dedicated to the art and craft of game writing. Speaker credits include Half-Life 2 (story of the year 2005). Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory. Act of War, Mysts III and IV, Homeworld II, Dungeon Siege II, Deus Ex, God of War, Earth & Beyond, Star Wars Galaxies, ilovebees, Gears of War, Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay and more. Details at http://www.gamewritersconference.com

Registration Information

Early-Bird Registration is open until September 30th and can be accessed by logging on to http://www.gameconference.com Early registration for professionals prior to September 30th is $145. After September 30th the price for professionals is $165 and onsite registration is $195. Conference Registration grants access to the Khronos Developer University (Oct. 26), the Austin Game Conference (Oct 27-28), the TechPavilion (Oct 27-28), the Women's Game Conference (Oct. 26-27), and the Game Writers Conference (Oct. 26-27).

About The Game Initiative

The Game Initiative is a leading producer of conferences and events for professionals in the computer and video game industry. The Initiative is chartered with the growth of the industry through events, public awareness, information and supporting programs and serves the needs of companies and people involved in producing interactive entertainment software and hardware for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers and the Internet. Game Initiative events include the Austin Game Conference, the Mobile Game Conference, the Women's Game Conference, the Game Writers Conference, the Advertising In Games Forum, the Casual Games Conference, Game Technology Association Meetings and the How to Break into the Game Industry national conference series. More information about The Game Initiative can be found at http://www.GameConferences.com

Contact:

Tim Williams

Austin Game Conference

512.289.8687

tw@gameconference.com

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