ARTICLES | January 2nd, 2008
OGDC Renamed to the ION Game Conference for 2008

With the start of a fresh new year, Evergreen Events announces the new ION Game Conference identity for the game industry conference formerly known as OGDC. Empowered with a new name, logo and website, the identity and schedule for ION is not only on track but infused with an even stronger focus. The ION Game Conference will take place at the well-appointed Seattle Waterfront Marriott Hotel in the picturesque waterfront district, from May 13 to May 15, 2008. The ION Game Conference will feature a broad array of expert-level lectures and panels, networking events and an expo area exhibiting cutting-edge technology and games for 2008 and beyond.

The new ION Game Conference identity and logo reinforces the global reach of a game industry event that remains focused on top-quality networking and online game development. Last year, the conference drew nearly 20% of attendees outside the United States, such as from Korea, Germany, Japan and Australia.

At Evergreen Events, we wanted a new identity that represented what we offer with our conference: unsurpassed networking opportunities and unique sessions and panels you cannot find anywhere else, among hundreds of like-minded online game industry veterans from around the world, declared Peter Freese, Conference Director for the ION Game Conference. ‘ION’ best symbolizes these qualities.

The tagline for ION 2008 remains redefining online, which couples perfectly with the newly reinforced international feel of this conference. Redefining what online gaming is, means the business is more than massively multiplayer online games. Social networking, virtual worlds, multiple platforms beyond the PC are a significant and growing part of the more inclusive online gaming world. With some analyst’s predictions estimating continued worldwide growth over the next several years to USD 10 billion in overall revenue in online gaming, knowing the best way to approach markets and game development is critical for the success of any interactive entertainment company. These challenging questions are a core focus for the ION Game Conference.

The current deadlines for ION remain on schedule. The call for speakers, open since late November, will close on January 21st. For more details about how to submit a speaking topic and suggested topics, visit http://www.ionconference.com/submissions.html. Last year, speakers discussed vital and exceptional topics to the business and development of online games such as Automating Online Game Balance, The Chinese Game Market: Latest Developments and Trends, and Secrets and Challenges of Localizing and Monetizing Different IP: Real World Cases. Speakers included such game industry luminaries as:

Erik Bethke – Founder & CEO, GoPets Ltd.
Tony Park – Vice President, The9
Brett Close – President & CEO, 38 Studios
Alan Crosby – Director, Global Community Relations Sony Online Entertainment
Mike Goslin – Vice President, Virtual Reality Studio Disney Online

Early registration, with discounted attendee rates, will open January 28th. Compared to most other game industry events, attendee pricing for the ION Game Conference will be aggressively positioned without compromising the event’s superlative reputation for overall high quality, superlative content and first-rate attendees.

A wide variety of attractive, price-conscious sponsorships are currently being offered for the ION Game Conference. For more details about sponsorships, visit http://www.ionconference.com/sponsorship.html. Previous sponsors have included IBM, Cryptic Studios, GoPets, Ltd., Comcast, Silicon Mechanics and many other companies.

The ION Game Conference is an annual game industry event designed for an international attendee audience, for those who strive to network and learn about new online game development and business trends, at the highest level. Visit the official website http://www.ionconference.com for the latest news and information about the ION Game Conference. To review the global and diversified advisory board supporting the ION Game Conference, click this link here: http://www.ionconference.com/advisors.html. To keep informed about the latest news about ION and the online game industry, sent straight to your e-mail inbox, sign up for the ION Connection newsletter here: http://www.ionconference.com/signup.html.

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