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Austin Game Conference

Posted Jul 05, 2006 by Jon Wood

Austin Game Conference

The Austin Game Conference has released an up-to-date list of the people who will be speaking at the conference. A few of the names of note for MMORPG fans include: Raph Koster, John Smedley, Sanya (Thomas) Weathers and Sean Dahlberg. will be making their way down to Texas for the conference, stay tuned to between the 6th and 8th of Spetember:


Austin, Texas, July 5, 2006 - The Game Initiative, the leading producer of conferences for professionals in the computer and video game industry, today announced keynotes and speakers for this year's Austin Game Conference (AGC) taking place September 6-7-8, 2006 in Austin, Texas. Headline speakers include: Rob Pardo, Blizzard Entertainment's Vice President of Game Design and lead designer for World of Warcraft; Michael Dell, Chairman of the Board, Dell, Inc.; and Vernor Vinge, Hugo Award Winning Science-Fiction Author. Austin Game Conference is the definitive worldwide conference for online game development, including massively multiplayer online games, casual games, online PC and console games.

Over three days 2,400 attendees from 20 countries will participate in concentrated discourse on the worldwide online game market, which is forecasted to grow from $3.4 billion in 2005 to over $13 billion in 2011. Attendees will network with colleagues, learn from industry leaders, stay informed about the latest tools, technologies and techniques and get business done in a relaxed atmosphere. The speaker roster, available at , includes 100 industry leading individuals participating in seven detailed conference tracks.

"We are extremely pleased to have so many visionaries and industry leaders join us at the fourth annual Austin Game Conference," said Game Initiative Executive Director Christopher Sherman. "With this year's theme of "Brave New Worlds" the Austin Game Conference hosts industry influencers, including game developers, technologists and business professionals from around the world. Austin is one of the top 5 cities in the United States for video game development with more than 60 video game development companies in the local area."

Headliners and Keynotes

Blizzard Entertainment's Vice President of Game Design Rob Pardo will deliver the conference opening keynote address on Wednesday, September 7, 2006 at 10am. Rob is the lead designer for the hugely successful World of Warcraft and he also supervises the progress of Blizzard's PC and console titles in development.

Michael Dell, Chairman of the Board of Dell, Inc., will speak with conference attendees in a special fireside chat in the Austin Game Conference Technology Pavilion on Thursday, September 7, 2006 at 4:45pm. Dell founded Dell, Inc. in 1984 with $1,000. In 1992, Mr. Dell became the youngest CEO ever to earn a ranking on the Fortune 500.

Hugo Award Winning Science-Fiction Author Vernor Vinge will deliver the Friday, September 8th keynote address at 9:30am entitled "Inside Out". Vernor is best known for his science-fiction stories, which include "True Names", "A Fire Upon the Deep", and "A Deepness in the Sky".

Conference Program

Conference tracks include: Games in Asia; Multiplayer Business/Production; Multiplayer Design; Multiplayer Tech/Art; Multiplayer Service and Support; Future of the Development Pipeline and Next Generation Game Development. Conference agenda and early registration is now open at .

In addition to the Austin Game Conference, The Game Initiative is hosting three conferences concurrently: Game Writers Conference (Sept 6-7) at , Game Audio Conference (Sept. 6-7) at and Casual Games Conference (Sept. 6-7-8) at . Registration to AGC grants full access to all 4 events. All events take place at the Austin Convention Center.

Early Registration Now Open - Save 40 Percent Before July 21st

The fourth annual Austin Game Conference is affordably priced, with online registration for professionals just $295 until July 21, 2006, a discount of 40 percent off the onsite registration price of $495. Student registration is $250 until July 21st. Conference details and registration information are available at

Speakers for the three day program include:

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