SOE Rebrands Annual Fan Event 'SOE LIVE'

March 26, 2012 -

Sony Online Entertainment has changed the name of its annual fan event to SOE LIVE. The freshly rebranded fan event is scheduled to take place at Bally's in Las Vegas, October 18-21, 2012. The annual SOE-sponsored event will allow the company to offer broader support for all of its various titles including DC Universe Online, EverQuest, EverQuest II, Free Realms, Magic: The Gathering - Tactics, PlanetSide 2, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.

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Entertainment Industry Discusses Copyright Issues at Association of American Publishers Meeting

March 14, 2012 -

At the Association of American Publishers annual meeting this morning, leaders from the MPAA, RIAA, AAP, Business Software Alliance and other groups got together to talk about what went wrong in their fight for SOPA and PIPA, and what the industry can do to get their points across in the future.

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Wizard101 Creators to Keynote Digital Kids Conference

March 14, 2012 -

Wizard101 creators Todd Coleman and Josef Hall of KingsIsle Entertainment will be the keynote speakers at the sixth annual Digital Kids Conference, a two-day event that purports to provide companies with "the critical information they need to reach digital kids and connected youth through online and mobile technologies." Speakers from the NFL, Spin Master, Cartoon Network, Ubisoft, SOE, Cookie Jar, and many others will also deliver talks April 25-26, 2012 in Los Angeles.

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GamesBeat 2012 Speakers So Far

March 2, 2012 -

GamesBeat's Dean Takahashi has revealed some of the speakers participating in the fourth annual GamesBeat event in July.

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iam8bit’s leetUP Details

February 28, 2012 -

iam8bit's inaugural leetUP event is only days away, so organizers thought it might be a great time to reveal some of the "experiential zones" they have been hinting at for the last month. The leetUp will be hosted by Kevin Pereira (host of G4's Attack of the Show), with live podcasts featuring  Kevin Smith, Chris Hardwick, Doug Benson, Felicia Day, Greg Fitzsimmons, Jimmy Pardo, Alex Albrecht, Epic Meal Time and Ask A Ninja also taking place. There will also be stage performances by VJ Mike Relm and DJ R-Rated.

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PAX East Organizers Sign Ten Year Deal to Remain in Boston

February 15, 2012 -

PAX East will keep Boston as its home until 2023, thanks to a new deal with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. Organizers will also donate $325,000 ($25,00 annually) to Becker College's Massachusetts Digital Games Institute. PAX East has been hosted in Boston since its launch two years ago.

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Blizzard, Epic and Insomniac Give Survival Talk at D.I.C.E.

January 27, 2012 -

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) announced more speakers taking part in the 2012 D.I.C.E. Summit, which will kick off February 8 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas and run until February 10. The latest speaker list reveals a special panel starring members from Epic, Insomniac and Blizzard. Mike Capps of Epic Games, Ted Price of Insomniac Games, and Frank Pearce of Blizzard will take part in a session to discuss "what it takes to survive for 20+ years in the game industry while maintaining growth and original content." 

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D.I.C.E. Summit Organizers Reveal New Speakers for 2012 Conference

January 19, 2012 -

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) announced three debates to take place at the 2012 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit. The event will be held at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, February 8-10, 2012, and feature a line-up of industry leaders, decision makers and visionaries. Kicking off the conference on February 8 (prior to the Keynote Opener) will be the three "Hot Topics" sessions co-moderated by Adam Sessler, host of G4’s X-Play and Perrin Kaplan, Zebra Partners.

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Bethesda's Todd Howard to Keynote the 2012 D.I.C.E. Summit

January 12, 2012 -

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) announced today that Todd Howard, Game Director and Executive Producer at Bethesda Game Studios, will be its opening keynote speaker at the 2012 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate and Entertain) Summit at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas on Wednesday, February 8. Howard will discuss game development and the player experience, in the keynote session titled "Why We Create, Why We Play."

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Law of the Game Invades Game::Business::Law 2012

December 30, 2011 -

Mark Methenitis of the Law of the Game Blog updated the site with news that he will be hosting a panel at Game::Business::Law 2012 called "Paying and Playing." The panel will take place on the afternoon of the second day (January 25). Details on the panel are forthcoming. You can read about all of the panels and discussions that will take place at the annual event here.

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GOG to Cut Games Prices by 50 Percent for Holidays

December 7, 2011 -

The folks over at Good Old Games (GOG.com) are getting into the holiday spirit, offering discounts of up to 50 percent on almost all their games beginning on Monday.

In a note to readers, the site also detailed how people can get a free copy of The Witcher and Empire Earth: Gold Edition.

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Word With Friends Mega Event Sponsored by Ford

November 14, 2011 -

Ford is sponsoring what it calls the "largest Words with Friends" game ever to promote its all-new Ford Escape. The public gaming event will take place tomorrow at 11:00pm - Wednesday at 12:00am at Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave or on the company's Facebook page via a livestream.

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Pirate Party Excluded from Gamex

November 7, 2011 -

Sweden's Pirate Party had hoped to attend this year's Gamex game convention and had already laid the ground work to be there, but it looks like the political group was officially uninvited by organizers. Gamex is one of Sweden's biggest gaming events featuring exhibitions from all the big names in gaming including Activision, Electronic Arts, Microsoft and Nintendo. The event took place over the weekend.

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NYAS Event Explores 'The Anthropology of Online Worlds'

October 17, 2011 -

The New York Academy of Sciences' Science and the City will host a special game-related event on November 9 called "The Anthropology of Online Worlds." Anthropologist Thomas Malaby and game designer Lee Guzofski will discuss how humanity shapes virtual worlds. Thomas M. Malaby is from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and Lee T. Guzofski is from MMO maker G2G Enterprises.

The whole idea behind this special event is to dissect how humanity shapes virtual worlds through relationships, functional economies, complex societies, and rich cultures.

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Kill Screen and Capcom Present Fright Club

October 6, 2011 -

Video game publication Kill Screen and game publisher Capcom have teamed up for some Halloween hijinks called "Fright Club." The event is a celebration of Capcom's popular zombie games, but offers a strong line-up of indie music groups for attendees to enjoy.

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Tokyo Game Show Attendance Figures

September 19, 2011 -

The Tokyo Game Show is over and organizers have released the final attendance numbers, among other information. According to organizers, a total of 222,668 people attended the event during its four day run, up from last year's number of 207,000 attendees.

A new single day attendance record was set as well on September 17 when 86,251 showed up to take part on the festivities of the opening day. Sunday attendance was down slightly to 83,744 people, compared to last year.

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Call for Speakers: Develop and Evolve Events

September 6, 2011 -

Tandem Events, organizers of the UK game industry trade shows Develop and Evolve, has put out a call for speakers for two 2011 conferences later this year. Speaker submissions are now open for Develop in Liverpool on November 24 and Evolve in London on December 1. The deadline for submitting a talk for either event is October 4, 2011.

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Diablo Co-Creator Headlines Unite 11

August 23, 2011 -

David Brevik, the current Gazillion Entertainment COO and founder of both Blizzard North and Flagship Studios, will deliver a keynote address at Unity Technologies' Unite 11 conference. Brevik is best known as the co-creator and lead programmer for Diablo and Diablo II. His keynote address, "To Hell and Back Again: How the Video Game Industry Has Changed Since Diablo," will cover the emergence of social games, digital distribution, the free-to-play business models, and what the future holds for the industry.

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Game::Business::Law 2012 Registration Opens

August 10, 2011 -

Organizers of the 4th annual Game::Business::Law Summit passed along a note to let everyone know that registration for its 2012 event is now open. The next event dedicated to discussing the intersection of the video game industry and legal issues takes place January 25 – January 26, 2012. The event will be held at Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law and is hosted by The Guildhall at SMU, SMU’s Dedman School of Law and The Center for American and International Law.

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Gamification Summit to Offer Gamification Design Certificate

August 9, 2011 -

The Gamification Summit announces the world’s first program offering a Gamification Design Certificate. This certificate will be offered at the conference September 15-16 in New York City. Attendees will have the opportunity to jump into interactive workshops featuring new curriculum designed by summit chair and industry expert Gabe Zichermann, in consultation with various industry partners.

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No London Games Festival in 2011

August 9, 2011 -

UK video game industry trade group UKIE announced this week that the London Games Festival has been cancelled this year. This is the first time in six years that the annual event has not run. The group said that the event will return in 2012 to coincide with the Olympics. Further, UKIE promises major collaboration with other groups - such as TIGA - on next year's event to make sure that it happens.

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Report: MineCon Event in November

August 3, 2011 -

If you are one of those poor souls that is hopelessly addicted to all things Minecraft, then you'll be glad to know that Markus Persson will launch the full and final release version of the game at a special event dubbed MineCon. the event will take place at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas this November.

Minecraft Developer Markus Persson (aka Notch) will be on hand to officially release the game at the event. Persson mentioned the idea of a special conference back in May. The event is scheduled for November 18.

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PAX DEV Speakers, Sessions Detailed

July 29, 2011 -

PAX Prime organizers today revealed the various panels and discussions planned for PAX Dev on Wednesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 25 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Some of the speakers and panelists taking part in PAX DEV include John Scott Tynes of Microsoft, Mike Selinker of Lone Shark Games, Daniel James of Three Rings, Chris Hecker of Spy Party, and many others.

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Call of Duty XP Tickets on Sale

July 22, 2011 -

Tickets are on sale for Activision's first annual event dedicated to Call of Duty, Call of Duty XP, at www.callofduty.com/xp. The event will take place September 2 - 3 in Los Angeles. Call of Duty XP tickets are now on sale. Tickets are $150 and are valid for both days of the event. In addition, buying a ticket gives you admission to all events and activities with the exception of food and drink. Naturally you'll have to pay for your own travel to and from the event. You can buy up to two tickets, the proceeds of which will go to the Call of Duty Endowment, a non-profit organization that helps returning veterans find employment, establish careers and transition back to civilian life. You must be 18 years old or older to attend.

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QuakeCon Forums Hacked

July 14, 2011 -

id Software revealed that its QuakeCon forums have been hacked and warned users that they may want to change their login information to avoid any hassles:

"In recent days, a hacker carried out an unlawful intrusion of the old forums.quakecon.org site, compromising usernames and passwords," the company said on the QuakeCon website.

"While we have taken appropriate steps to protect the new forums from attack, we recommend anyone using their old credentials on another site to change their passwords immediately."

"We regret any inconvenience this may have caused, and suggest you migrate to the new forums - which will be live shortly - to discuss QuakeCon 2011."

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Trip Hawkins: We Don't Own the Land We are Tilling

July 14, 2011 -

Electronic Arts founder and Digital Chocolate CEO Trip Hawkins has accused Nintendo of presiding over what he calls a "feudal dark age" in the industry in which developers "don't own the land that they are tilling." He has a point, but Nintendo certainly isn't the only platform holder guilty of that.. At GamesBeat in San Francisco today, Hawkins talked at length about the power of platform holders and how they often limit creativity in comparison to open platforms.

"Look at the world wide web and how many great companies have been built on that open platform," he said. "Nintendo is a great, amazing company, but how many companies have been built on the back of Nintendo's platform in the past 25 years?"

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Game Education Summit Postponed

July 1, 2011 -

Organizers of the Game Education Summit announced that the annual event dedicated to best teaching practices for game development education has been postponed to coincide with the Serious Play Conference. The summit, which was meant to take place last week in Redmond, Washington, was rescheduled to August 24th and 25th. The venue - the Digipen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Washington - remains the same.

The good news is that attendees can take advantage of both conferences for the same cost of admission, according to the organizers.

Speakers scheduled for the summit include Tom Higgins from unity, Steve Reid from Ubisoft's Red Storm studio, and David Della-Rocca from Autodesk. More information on the summit is available here.

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Westwood College Hosting Gathering of Video Game Legends June 25

June 24, 2011 -

The third annual Gathering of Video Game Legends and the fifth annual 2D Game Development Awards will take place June 25 (tomorrow) at the Anaheim Campus of Westwood College (1551 S. Douglass Road, Anaheim, California). Every year the college brings together the interactive entertainment industry’s most accomplished video game professionals to share their experiences on getting started in the business. Attendees get to interact with these legends, play video games, attend workshops, enjoy keynote speeches and learn about a career in the video game industry.

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Edinburgh Interactive Speakers, Sessions Detailed

June 23, 2011 -

Edinburgh Interactive is set for August 11 and 12 in Edinburgh, Scotland (The Radisson Blu Hotel), and organizers say there are four reasons why those in the region won't want to miss it this year.

Sean Dromgoole, CEO of Some Research and Edward Williams from BMO Capital Markets will discuss their different points of view on recent developments in the games industry in the area of social gaming. The event will also host two Gamification sessions. The first is "Gamification: Building Games - the Mechanics, Rewards and Influences," and will feature a presentation from Kam Star, Chief Play Officer at Playgen, along with James Allsopp, Playgen’s Games Designer and in-house Psychology expert.

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Video Games Live E3 Line-Up Revealed

May 30, 2011 -

Video Games Live will hold its 200th show during E3 in Los Angeles in early June. To celebrate this milestone organizers saying they are "pulling out all the stops" with some special performances from some of history's most popular games.

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