- Games Convention
The Games Convention (sometimes called the Leipzig Games Convention, and abbreviated as GC) is an annual
video gameevent in Leipzig, Germany, first held in 2002. Besides videogames, the event also covers Infotainment, Hardware and Edutainment. Its concept was created by the Leipziger Messe (Leipzig Fair) in cooperation with Bundesverband für Interaktive Unterhaltungssoftware(German Federal Association for Entertainment Software) amongst others.
With 183,000 visitors, 2,600 journalists and 368 exhibitors from 25 countries in 2006, the Games Convention rivals the
Tokyo Game Showas the biggest games event in the world. By comparison, both the Leipzig and Tokyoshows, where gamers of all ages can visit the show floor, are three times the size of the trade-only 2006 E3 show in Los Angeles. The Business Centre at Leipzig is reserved for professional visitors. In 2008, the Games Convention had a record of 203.000 visitors.
The conference takes place in a sprawling modern complex of exhibition halls in Leipzig, Germany.
To help identify younger visitors, coloured bracelets are handed out to attendees, indicating their age: "12 years and older" (green), "16 years and older" (blue) and "18 years and older" (red). These colours correspond to the age indicators used by the USK, the German version of PEGI or ESRB.
The Leipzig Games Convention was first held in 2002. In 2005 the convention achieved visitor numbers of 134,000, which had risen to 185,000 by 2007.
The Games Convention is usually held in the last week of August. The Games Convention 2007 took place from
August 23to August 26, 2007. It started one day earlier for press members, exhibitors and professionals.
In 2008, the Industry consortium BIU announced not to back a Games Convention in 2009 in Leipzig, preferring a newly to be established convention held in
Cologneunder the name of "GAMESCom". Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft are members of the BIU representing 12 companies. Nevertheless there will be a Games Convention in 2009 supported by the Free State of Saxony and the city of Leipzig.
The 2009 Games Convention will take place from August 19-23.
An Asian edition of the Games Convention was announced for 2007. It was held in Singapore starting September 6, 2007. [http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/infotech/view_article.php?article_id=47145] The current title of the expo is
Games Convention Asia2007.
The Games Convention is facing a rising demand in Asia. [http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2007/02/09/oped/richie.d..nolasco.banilad.cebu.city.html]
International "Games Convention Developers Conference"
The "Games Convention Developers Conference" (GCDC) is the largest game design and development conference in Europe, with 950 attendees in 2008. [http://www.leipziger-messe.de/LeMMon/PRESSE.NSF/messewebeng_gc/CEDF72E7B7422CA7C12571D7004CC4A9?OpenDocument&lang=en&style=gc]
The GCDC is held in a building in the same complex in Leipzig where the GC takes place, typically just before the opening of the main show. During the conference attendees gain ideas and inspiration from the presentation of new tools and methods, and from a variety of sessions discussing both the craft and the business of game design and development. The conference is open to both game professionals, students and press.
As the major European conference, GCDC draws top speakers from all over the world. Presenters in recent years include
Bob Bates, Louis Castle, Don Daglow, Peter Molyneux, Bill Roper, Bruce Shelley, David Perryand Will Wright.
Notable speakers from the GCDC 2007. [ [http://www.beyond3d.com/content/news/359 Beyond 3D speaker list] ]
Julian Eggebrecht, from Factor 5, USA
Peter Molyneux, from Lionhead Studios, UK
Michael Capps, Mark Reinfrom Epic Games, USA
Mark Morris, from Introversion Software, UK
Ken Rolston, from Big Huge Games, USA
Cathy Campos, from Panache, UK
Doug Whatley, from Break Away, USA
Michael Lewis, from Cryptic Studios, USA
George Bainfrom the UK
Christopher Schmitz, from 10Tacle Studios, Germany
Michael Wimmer, from The University of Vienna, Austria
Alexander Fernandez, from Streamline Studios, The Netherlands
Amir Taaki, from Crystal Space, Finland
Jeff Strain, from ArenaNet, USA
Vlad Ihora, from Telia Sonera, Sweden
Barbara Lippe, from Avaloop, Austria
Pamela Kato, from The GamerX, USA
Uwe Nikl, from Level 3, UK
Matt Firor, from Ultra Mega Games, USA
Konstantin Ewald, from Osborne Clark, Germany
John Smedley, from Sony Online Entertainment, USA
Cindy Armstrong, from Webzen, USA
Jennifer MacLean, from Comcast Interactive Media, USA
Chris Mottes, from Deadline Games, Denmark
Jeff Hickman, from EA Mythic, USA
Jeffrey Steefel, from Turbine, Inc., USA
Don Daglow, from Stormfront Studios, USA
Matt Firorfrom the USA
Jason Manley, from Massive Black, USA
Patric Palm, from Hansoft, Sweden
Press day and press conferences
The Games Convention opens for professional visitors, such as developers and members of the press, one day before the event opens to the public. Many developers and publishers hold official press conferences on this day.
Symphonic Game Music Concert
As part of the Games Convention, on the evening of the first day of the Games Convention, a grand
Symphonic Game Music Concertis held in the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Well-known game music composers such as Nobuo Uematsu, Michiru Yamane, Akira Yamaoka, Jason Hayes, Rob Hubbard, Chris Hülsbeckand Yuzo Koshiroare among those who have attended.
* Leipziger Messe
Tokyo Game Show
Penny Arcade Expo
Entertainment for All
* [http://www.gc-germany.de/gcinfo_e.shtml Official website of the Games Convention]
* [http://www.gcdc-germany.com/ Games Convention Developer Conference]
* [http://www.vgmconcerts.com/ Site of the Symphonic Game Music Concerts]
* [http://www.leipziger-messe.de/ Leipziger Messe]
* [http://www.gc-asia.sg/ Games Convention Asia official website]
* [http://www.vimeo.com/1592557 Video] Games Convention 23rd August 2008 in Leipzig, Germany.
* [http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/infotech/view_article.php?article_id=47145 Roads lead to Singapore in September for videogame industry]
* [http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2007/02/09/oped/richie.d..nolasco.banilad.cebu.city.html Suggested CICC events]
* [http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=12620 Gamasutra.com: Games Convention Asia 2007 Details Revealed]
* [http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/94934/from/rss09 Heise.de: Facts about the Games Convention 2007 (german)]
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