Two Key Government Agencies Endorse Think Services' Game Developers Conference China

Commission within the China Ministry of Industry & Information Technology and Bureau within the China Ministry of Culture Declare Formal Support for the Definitive Event for Chinese Developers

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Think Services' Game Developers Conference (R) China (GDC China) has secured formal support from two key government agencies aligned with the China game industry. The Economic and Informatization Commission within the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Administration Bureau of Culture, Radio, Film and TV within the China Ministry of Culture confirmed in letters earlier this month that they fully endorse GDC China. Both Shanghai-based agencies urged relevant industry associations, organizations, and professionals to fully support the organization of GDC China, to be held in Shanghai, October 11-13. They also indicated that GDC China is critical in driving the success of the development of the Chinese software and information technology industry by facilitating international cooperation within the game industry.

Building on the success of the 2007 event, the second GDC China will serve as a global extension of the universally respected GDC, held in San Francisco, California each spring, which attracts the most successful and renowned development and industry leaders to each of its events. GDC China 2009 continues in its mission to advance the state of China's game industry by featuring top-quality, unbiased content and incorporating the GDC's global development community perspective. Supported by an advisory board that includes representatives from Shanda, Epic Games China, 9you and DJL International, and endorsed by key government agencies associated with the industry, GDC China will once again bring the GDC's authoritative content and global reach to the region.

"With the explicit endorsement of key industry agencies like these, GDC China continues to ramp up its plans to offer another quality event to the burgeoning Chinese games industry," said Meggan Scavio, Event Director. "We are excited to return to China in October to present a conference featuring top speakers and the most innovative game development techniques both from China and beyond."

GDC China will serve as the last global event in 2009 for the GDC's global event calendar which includes the main GDC in San Francisco in March, GDC Canada in Vancouver in May, GDC Europe in Cologne, Germany in August, and GDC Austin in Austin, Texas in September. The GDC and GDC China are not affiliated with any other event operators in China.

For more information, please visit www.China.GDConf.com.

About the Think Services Game Group ( www.tsgamegroup.com)

A core provider of essential information to the professional game industry, the Think Services Game Group offers market-defining content, and drives community through its award winning lineup of print, online, event and research products and services. These include Game Developer Magazine, Game Developer Research, the Webby Award-winning Gamasutra.com, GameCareerGuide.com, WorldsInMotion.biz, GameSetWatch.com, GamesOnDeck.com, SeriousGamesSource.com, the Game Developers Conference(R), the Game Developers Conference(R) Austin, the Game Developers Conference(R) Europe, the Game Developers Conference(R) China, GDC Mobile, the Game Career Seminars, the Independent Games Festival and Summit, and the Game Developers Choice Awards.

About Think Services

Think Services connects specialized communities worldwide using educational events, consulting, training, certification, membership, and innovative media. Providing comprehensive opportunities for people to learn from, network with, and inspire each other, Think Services builds strong brands and works within communities to foster a unique affinity with its products and services. The division's flagship products include the Game Developers Conference, the Webby Award-winning Gamasutra.com, Game Developer magazine, the International Customer Management Institute (ICMI), and HDI. Think Services is a subsidiary of United Business Media, a global media and marketing services company with a market capitalization of more than $1.6 billion. To learn more, visit www.think-services.com.

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