May 26, 2011– GameHorizon announces that Epic Games, Inc., the developer of the blockbuster“Gears of War” series of games and the award-winning Unreal Engine 3, has committed to helping expand its initiatives through a headline sponsorship of the organization. Epic will significantly contribute to the GameHorizon project, and as part of this agreement the company will also sponsor the GameHorizon Conference 2011 Speaker Dinner.
In 2010, the GameHorizon collaborative games network evolved?from?a regional?body to?a national network and opened its doors to both?UK games companies and games professionals alike. As a result, the membership has increased by 40 percent and stimulated cross-company collaboration?to new levels.
GameHorizon is now completely funded?privately,?sustained by membership, private contracts and sponsorship from the games and technology sectors.
“We are pleased to have the support of Epic Games and already our members have seen solid?benefits from this partnership, with?Vice President Mark Rein recently flying over from the US to keynote our Go Go Games mobile industry?event,” said Carri Cunliffe, head of GameHorizon.
“We strongly believe in the UK development community,” said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games.“Participating in events such as Go Go Games and GameHorizon is a good way for us to show it. Our new European Territory Manager, Mike Gamble, is a trusted industry vet dedicated to helping developers achieve success with our technology and we have more events planned for the UK later this year.”
Darren Jobling GameHorizon Chairman said,“This major industry player brings kudos to the network and exposes members to a wealth of knowledge, new technology and contacts.”
Epic Games will present at the industry's leading executive-level GameHorizon Conference, which will take place in Newcastle June 28-29. More information and registration details are available on the official conference website www.gamehorizonconference.com.
About Epic Games
Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, NC and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its“Unreal” series, including“Unreal Tournament 3” for PC, PlayStation?3 and Xbox 360?. Epic’s "Gears of War" franchise has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide and won more than 50 Game of the Year awards. Epic's Unreal Engine 3 is the five-time winner of and Hall of Fame inductee for Game Developer magazine’s Best Engine Front Line Award. Unreal Engine 3 has also held the Develop Industry Excellence Award in its category for the past three years. Additional information about Epic can be obtained at www.epicgames.com.
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GameHorizon– www.gamehorizon.net is the leading business network for UK-based games companies– developers, publishers, middleware firms and other service providers.
Based in North East England, GameHorizon facilitate collaboration, improve knowledge and increase local and international trade for UK-based games companies, with the ultimate aim of strengthening the position of the UK’s games industry on the global scale.