SHANGHAI, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Think Services' Game Developers Conference® China commences today at the Shanghai International Convention Center. The event explores the thriving eastern game development scene with a diverse lineup of more than 60 speakers and more than 50 sessions. The event brings into sharp focus the challenges of game development across borders, tackling subjects as diverse as outsourcing production, emergent free-to-play business models and bringing games over from Western to Eastern markets and vice versa. GDC China 2009, runs until Tuesday, October 13th.
On Monday, October 12 the esteemed game designer, programmer, screenwriter and creator of Prince of Persia, Jordan Mechner, will be keynoting the event with his address entitled, "Prince of Persia: 20 Years From Game to Film," which chronicles Mechner's 20-year work translating Prince of Persia from the Apple II to next-gen consoles to the big screen. Tuesday, October 13 sees the opening keynote from Min Kim, vice president of Nexon America, a leading developer of massively multiplayer online titles and pioneer of the free-to-play business model. Kim's keynote, "A Fantastic Westward Journey" chronicles the role that microtransactions have played as the evolutionary catalyst for the North American games market.
This year, GDC China will also play host to the Independent Games Festival China (IGF China), to recognize the best independent game developers in the Asian-Pacific area. As part of IGF China, the Independent Games Summit will take place during the event, along with the IGF Awards Ceremony, which rewards the best indie game developers with cash prizes for the most innovative and inspirational independent titles. The conference will also feature the Mobile Summit, to address the thriving and successful mobile game development market.
"It is truly a great accomplishment that GDC China is opening its doors to local developers today," said Meggan Scavio, GDC China event director. "The entire team is proud of the strong content we have secured, the support of the Ministry of Culture, and the launch of the first Independent Games Festival China."
For more information on the entire 2009 Game Developers Conference® China session lineup, please visit www.gdcchina.com.
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