Seattle, WA - February 5, 2008 - When the established qualities of the online game business and development-focused ION Game Conference are brought up, "exclusive," "excellent presentation," "top-notch attendees," and "superior networking" are frequently mentioned. While every positive quality of the 2008 ION Conference will be amplified from 2007, networking is being given a new and stronger emphasis in 2008.
Evergreen Events, the ground-breaking agency behind the ION Conference, is therefore pleased to announce the ION Nexus. The ION Nexus is a set of executive meeting rooms that can be reserved by companies or individuals at the official conference hotel, the Seattle Marriott Waterfront hotel. The Nexus is designed for international and high-level attendees to meet and discuss business in privacy and comfort. Each meeting room features a spacious 300 square feet of space, buffet lunch service, features conference table chairs and seating for eight, and high-speed Internet access. Now, when a publisher from Germany wants to meet a game developer from South Korea, for example, ION Nexus participants can be assured of having every advantage needed to make the best possible impression upon their guests.
Attendees who want to kick off their days with new contacts in the online game industry can opt-in for a networking breakfast held each morning before the general conference schedule begins. Participants will be served a sumptuous buffet breakfast and be seated at a series of tables with several industry colleagues, and will be called upon by a master of ceremonies to change seats at regular intervals to keep the faces fresh, the conversation exciting and their list of new friends in the business growing.
Jay Moore, game industry veteran and Founder / "Head of Special Ops" for the Strategery Group, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the entire three days of the ION 2008 Conference networking breakfasts.
Jay was previously Dir. of Business Development, Marketing Director & Evangelist for Garage Games, an online tool dev and game publisher. He joined GG in '02 when they were 5 guys crammed into a one-room office. When he left, they were a team of 30+. While at GG, he launched IndieGamesCon, oversaw the online publishing of independent games, and worked to establish Torque as the game engine platform of choice for independent game developers.
"As online games, social networks and virtual worlds collide it is immensely important that we take the opportunity to network within our own community of developers. The most lasting impact of any great conference is the personal connections you can make with like minded collaborators," Jay Moore said, on the topic of conference networking.
The 2008 ION Game Conference is now open for early online registration. The discounted rate available to early online registrants will only be available until March 17, 2008. Potential attendees are encouraged to register early, since the ION Conference will have a limited capacity and may sell out. The Seattle Marriott Waterfront hotel, the site for the 2008 ION Conference and all official event activities, is offering a special discounted rate for attendees, of $209 for single or double occupancy. The rate is available until April 14, 2008.
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, visit http://www.ionconference.com/advisors.php. 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 free ION Connection newsletter at http://www.ionconference.com/signup.html.
ION is Powered By:
2008 ION GAME CONFERENCE SPONSORS: BigWorld, Dolby, Enterprise Seattle, Omni Interactive, Parature, PLAYXPERT, PowerUp Games, Sony Online Entertainment and Vivox.
2008 ION GAME CONFERENCE PARTNERS: China GC Networks, MPOGD, Pearl Research and Themis Group
Quotes about Previous ION Conference Networking Opportunities:
"Great conference overall. Great networking experience (I've had more e-mail exchanges with attendees than for just about any previous conference — interesting folks with interesting things to talk about!)," said Jim Dunstan, Partner, Garvey Schubert Barer.
"(ION) was the classiest, best-run game industry event I've been to this year. Not only were the facilities top notch, but the lectures and panels were packed with great speakers and the networking opportunities were excellent. (ION) could be become the must-attend event for the online game industry," said Alexander Macris, President & CEO of Themis Group, Inc.
"I came for the lectures. I only attended a few because of the incredible networking (at ION)," said Chris Breckenridge, CTO of BrainStem Games.
"The opportunities for substantive networking were much better at (ION) as well, (than at big corporate conferences)," said Yvette Waters, Writer-Designer.
About Evergreen Events
Evergreen Events, Inc.,, is a Seattle area-based producer of conferences and events for the interactive entertainment industry. Evergreen Events is dedicated to the enrichment of both established and aspiring professionals through innovative first-class events offering exceptional content that is compelling, educational, and cogent. Our directors and advisors bring over a century of collective successful experience and involvement in the game industry.