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Australian Gametech Conference 2011 planned for June

Live link from Australian Parliament planned as Sydney event confirms speakers

Gametech Conference 2011 is to take place on June 21 and 22 in Sydney - with the event described as the first major business forum for the industry in Australia.

The theme for the event will be to "unleash the power of interactive entertainment," and will involve international keynote speakers, more than 40 interactive sessions, a pre-event workshop, networking events and a technology exhibition space.

Over 40 executive speakers have already been confirmed, including representatives from Sony, Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, Namco Bandai, Google, Hasbro, and GAME Australia.

The event will also feature a live-link welcome from Parliament House by Federal Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O'Connor, who is overseeing ongoing discussions on an 18+ age classification for video games.

Gametech is also supported by IGEA (Interactive Games and Entertainment Association), GDAA (Games Developers Association) and AIMIA (Australian Interactive Media Industry Association)

"With the rapid changes in content creation, engagement and distribution, it's both timely and relevant that we can have a coming together of the diverse business groups which now form the larger interactive gaming industry," said Gametech co-chairman and IGEA CEO Ron Curry.

"Video gaming has fast become a powerful and significant economic sector, with the increased use of gameplay mechanics as a proven business tool for organisations to engage both internal and external stakeholders, it's time that this industry had its own annual event." said Dominic Patterson, producer of Gametech.

Further information is available at the official website.