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GDC Goes to Canada: Game Developers Conference Partners With Reboot Communications to Bring GDC Canada to 2009 Vancouver Digital Week

GDC Canada to Serve Key Region Known for Interactive Entertainment with Global Perspectives on Cross-Discipline Content

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Think Services Game Group has entered into a partnership with Reboot Communications to present Game Developers Conference (GDC) Canada in association with New Media BC's Vancouver Digital Week in May 2009. In response to Canada's increasingly important role in the international game development landscape, the GDC has committed to bringing a world-class conference focused on fostering critical information exchange, creating connections and stimulating creativity. Building on the success of the Vancouver International Game Summit, GDC Canada will feature global perspectives on cross-discipline and cross-platform content, with an eye to serving the increasingly significant Canadian games business sector.

"GDC's strength is in its ability to translate its core values to provide both global and local relevance," Kathy Schoback, Executive Vice President of Global Events, Think Services, said. "We are incredibly excited to partner with Reboot and New Media BC on GDC Canada, which will serve the regional development community with conference content designed to engender learning, networking and inspiration."

The first Vancouver Game Summit, dedicated to bringing the Canadian sector international perspectives on developing games for the new generation of consoles, took place in 2007. For the last two years, the Summit has served an audience of programmers, artists, game designers, producers, and studio leads. GDC Canada will retain the focus of serving developers, and promises to bring GDC-quality conference content through top-tier speakers offering fresh viewpoints.

"We are proud to have served the Canadian game development community over the last few years," Greg Spievak, CEO of Reboot Communications, said. "Bringing the deep connections and expertise of the GDC to the community will take the developer event to the next level, and together we will serve this major game development region with the focus and resources it deserves."

Vancouver Digital Week, organized by New Media BC, is an immersive week of innovative programming and partnership opportunities for the digital media industry that features top minds from around the globe. Participants gain access to international business match-making, 'big picture' conference sessions on the latest trends and markets in digital media, high-level seminars for creators, designers, and producers, and vibrant networking parties.

"Bringing the globally respected GDC brand to the Vancouver digital media community will help to enhance business relations and learning quality for our region's developers," noted Kenton Low, President of New Media BC. "Vancouver Digital Week will be even more compelling with the addition of GDC Canada."

More information on Canada GDC will be available soon. In the meantime, please visit http://www.gdc-canada.com for more information.

About Think Services

Think Services connects specialized communities worldwide using innovative media, educational events, consulting, training and certification. 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, HDI (formerly the Help Desk Institute), and Dr. Dobb's Journal. Think Services is a subsidiary of United Business Media (http://www.unitedbusinessmedia.com/), a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion. To learn more, visit http://www.think-services.com.

About United Business Media Limited

United Business Media Limited is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print, and with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

For more information, go to http://www.unitedbusinessmedia.com

About Reboot Communications

Reboot Communications Ltd. is a Canadian company based in British Columbia, that specializes in organizing and implementing national and international conferences focused on information technology, public safety, privacy and security, health, electronic gaming and counterterrorism. Over the past twelve years, Reboot has provided a full spectrum of conference management services to the private and public sector, including: marketing and communications, logistics, agenda development, sponsorship sales, research and intergovernmental expertise. For more information please visit: http://www.rebootconference.com/

About New Media BC

New Media BC is British Columbia's not-for-profit digital media industry association representing over 1,100 digital media companies employing 16,000+ individuals working in sectors including interactive games, visual effects, interactive marketing & design, eLearning, animation, Web 2.0 and mobile content. New Media BC helps these businesses to grow via professional development, networking and advocacy programs. For more information, please visit http://www.newmediabc.com.

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