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Level Up 2008

Five companies selected to show off games for free this November in Lyon.

LYON, France – September 23, 2008– Connection Event is thrilled to announce the five Level Up program 2008 winning companies who will get to showcase their games, services and skills for free at Game Connection Europe in Lyon on November 5-7.

The five companies selected are:

DrinkBox Studios Inc. (Canada)

About a Blob is a game about an innocent little creature that grows and grows until it eats the whole world.

IKS Games (Poland)

IKS Games creates community based, cross-platform, multiplayer games and solutions. It's known for innovations, marketing approach and great design services.

MusiGames LTDA (Brazil)

VJ Nights is a rhythm game that enables you to play and mix the best music clips or any video from sites like YouTube.

Reality Twist GmbH (Germany)

Evil Island is the first kite boarding game ever standing out due to innovative gameplay dynamics through highly-realistic kite-control, physics and AI driven environment.

Artifex Mundi (Poland)

DWARFS Wii is an arcade-adventure game telling the story of seven unusual, skilled dwarfs who stand against villains.

Following the success of the Level Up Program last year, the organizers of Game Connection, the unique speed dating event for business-focussed game makers, launched the second edition of the Level Up program to help new developers and service providers get in the limelight of the game business.

"Brazilian developers always told us that Game Connection was the best place for them to do business. When we founded MusiGames in 2007, the first event that came to our mind was the Lyon edition! We applied for the Level Up and were extremely happy to be selected. We will be able to reach the best players in the industry, allowing us to find good partners for our games and innovative audio technologies.", says Americo Amorim, CEO of MusiGames.

The five selected companies will get a one-of-a-kind opportunity to exhibit for free (a value of € 3,500) and present their games and/or services to the greatest buyers in the industry including 1C, 2K Games/Take 2 Interactive, Activision, Atari, Codemasters, D3P, Electronic Arts, Disney Interactive Studios, Konami, Microsoft, Midway Games, Namco Bandai, Nintendo, SCEE, SEGA, THQ and Ubisoft at the next Game Connection Europe. This year, the winners will get a closed meeting room just like the other exhibitors.

Dozens of new companies from all over the world including Asia, Europe, North and South America applied to the Level Up program this year. The winners were selected based on the quality and the innovative aspect of the games and services submitted.

For more information about the Level Up program or Game Connection, visit


Connection Events is the organizer of Game Connection, the leading business event in the video game industry, taking place in Lyon (France) and San Francisco (California, USA) during the Game Developers Conference. Game Connection provides several different services all geared toward the same goals: matchmaking among outsourcing companies, tools providers, developers, publishers and distributors, network building and enhancement, and examination of projects and companies. Connection Events is also the co-organizer of the French editions of the Game Developers Conference. The last editions took place in Paris on June 23-24 2008 and in Lyon on December 3-4 2007.

For further information, please contact:

- Sophie Therrien, Communication and Marketing Manager, at: +33 4 72 44 44 22 or by email: stherrien[@]

- Eric Lacroix, Sales Manager, at: +33 4 72 44 44 27 or by email: elacroix[@]

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