Melbourne will be getting its own games development conference with the Game Connect: Asia Pacific 2009 Conference and Expo coming to the city in December.
Convened by the Game Developers Association of Australia, Game Connect: Asia Pacific is the premier conference, exhibition and networking event for the Asia Pacific games industry. This year it moves to Melbourne after last year being held in Brisbane.
Tom Crago, head of the GDAA, says:
“We are thrilled that this year GCAP returns to Melbourne and will be held in a spectacular new venue. We have every intention of making this the biggest and best game development conference ever held in this region and look forward to welcoming delegates from all around the world to join us in Melbourne this December.
“Last year’s event in Brisbane was a huge success and we are very confident of growing this event further in 2009. Our industry is in the midst of a very dynamic period right now and we feel sure that GCAP 09 will not only have the development community talking, but will lead to the creation of new ideas and collaborations."
The theme of this year's conference is: Create Innovate Thrive. Topics to be discussed by clever development people during GCAP 09 include "core games, online, mobile, casual and serious games, along with new developments in art, technology and design."
Interestingly, Epic Games has already signed on as a sponsor, so maybe there's a hint as to which high-profile international developer may be speaking at the event.
The conference will be held at Melbourne's Crown Promenade Hotel from December 6-8.
For further information about the conference or to register interest as a conference speaker visit www.gameconnectap.com.
Game Connect: Asia Pacific [official site]