Think Services’ Game Developers Conference (R) China (GDC China) has secured formal support from two key government agencies aligned with the China game industry. The Economic and Informatization Commission within the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Administration Bureau of Culture, Radio, Film and TV within the China Ministry of Culture confirmed in letters earlier this month that they fully endorse GDC China. Both Shanghai-based agencies urged relevant industry associations, organizations, and professionals to fully support the organization of GDC China, to be held in Shanghai, October 11-13. They also indicated that GDC China is critical in driving the success of the development of the Chinese software and information technology industry by facilitating international cooperation within the game industry.
Building on the success of the 2007 event, the second GDC China will serve as a global extension of the universally respected GDC, held in San Francisco, California each spring, which attracts the most successful and renowned development and industry leaders to each of its events. GDC China 2009 continues in its mission to advance the state of China’s game industry by featuring top-quality, unbiased content and incorporating the GDC’s global development community perspective. Supported by an advisory board that includes representatives from Shanda, Epic Games China, 9you and DJL International, and endorsed by key government agencies associated with the industry, GDC China will once again bring the GDC’s authoritative content and global reach to the region.
“With the explicit endorsement of key industry agencies like these, GDC China continues to ramp up its plans to offer another quality event to the burgeoning Chinese games industry,” said Meggan Scavio, Event Director. “We are excited to return to China in October to present a conference featuring top speakers and the most innovative game development techniques both from China and beyond.”
GDC China will serve as the last global event in 2009 for the GDC’s global event calendar which includes the main GDC in San Francisco in March, GDC Canada in Vancouver in May, GDC Europe in Cologne, Germany in August, and GDC Austin in Austin, Texas in September. The GDC and GDC China are not affiliated with any other event operators in China.