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The Nordic Games Industry gathers in Malmö

For the third year in a row, the Nordic games industry is gathering in Malmö, Sweden. On the 19-20 September, the Nordic Game 2006 conference will open for an expected 600 participants. With 70 seminars and workshops this is by far the largest event of its kind in the Nordic Region.

Digital Entertainment is here to stay, not least in the Nordic Region, where the industry is expanding on all levels. Hit franchises like the Swedish Battlefield and the Danish developed Hitman confirm that the Nordic game developers are among the best in the world; at the same time, a wide range of up-and-coming game companies are establishing themselves throughout the region. Combined with a strong tradition for research and education, gaming is fast becoming a cornerstone of the Nordic creative industries.

The representatives from the entire Nordic games industry will be gathering for Nordic Game 2006, setting focus on one of the most exciting growth areas in the entertainment business. The conference will pack 70 seminars and workshops over two days, led by an impressive list of speakers and debaters from both the global gaming scene and the Nordic industry. Four simultaneous programs will delve in-depth into key topics within games research, development, technology, trade, art and public interest.

Several internationally renown names are among the scheduled speakers:

* Julian Dibbell, contributing editor to Wired magazine and author of the upcoming book exploring virtual worlds, Play Money
* Ben Sawyer, CEO of Digitalmill and expert in 'serious games' - games developed for non-entertainment sectors such as education and health
* Patrice Chazerand, general secretary of the Interactive Software Federation Europe, responsible for the rating system PEGI
* John Dennis and Martyn Brown, lead developers from Team 17, the company behind the world famous Worms series

The speakers' list is growing daily; the latest announcements and program additions can be found on the official Nordic Game 2006 website www.nordicgame.com

Nordic Game 2006 will be held in Malmö, Sweden, at the Malmö Exhibition & Convention Centre on the 19-20 September. Pre-register now!

Background
Nordic Game 2006 conference is organised by the Nordic Game Program, a part of the Nordic cultural cooperation and funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. One of the Program's primary goals is to support the Nordic games industry through events, infrastructural activities and development funding. During 2006, the Nordic Council of Ministers, through the Nordic Game Program, will make 2 million Danish crowns available for development support.

Press contact:
Email: press@nordicgameprogram.org

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