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Sony and Microsoft to open AGC with shared keynote

The Austin Game Conference has announced details of its 2004 event, which takes place this September, revealing that Sony and Microsoft are to share the stage to present a keynote address on massively multiplayer console gaming.

The Austin Game Conference has announced details of its 2004 event, which takes place this September, revealing that Sony and Microsoft are to share the stage to present a keynote address on massively multiplayer console gaming.

The event, organised by the Austin Game Initiative, runs on September 9th and 10th at the Austin Convention Centre, and this year focuses on next-generation technologies and business strategy for emerging products and platforms.

Sony and Microsoft will take to the stage together at the start of the conference, with an opening keynote titled "Massively Multiplayer Console Is Coming" which will be presented by Sony Computer Entertainment's online technology director Glen Van Datta and Microsoft Xbox director of platform strategy Scott Henson.

Over the course of the following two days the conference schedule includes a total of 48 sessions, presented by a host of key industry companies including Sony, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Disney, Ubisoft and massively multiplayer experts such as NCSoft and Mythic.

"With more than 850 people at last year's event, the Austin Game Conference has earned the reputation as the definitive conference for multiplayer game development," said Austin Game Initiative executive director Chris Sherman. "We look forward to a larger event this year."

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