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GEORGIA GAME MAKERS FIND NEW HOME FOR SIEGE

Atlanta, GA– June 8, 2011— The Georgia Game Developers Association (GGDA) today announced a new home for the fifth annual Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo (SIEGE). Scheduled for Oct. 6– 9, 2011, at the Marriot NW Atlanta hotel, SIEGE focuses on the fast-growing game design industry in the South.

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“Continued growth of the computer and video game industry requires new centers of excellence to emerge with talented labor pools,” said Clinton Lowe, president of GGDA and CEO of C. Allen Lowe and Associates.“More than 15 Georgia colleges currently offer video game-related academic programs.?With tax incentives of up to 30% of game project budgets, Georgia is quickly becoming a new center for technology and games.”

Now in its fifth year, SIEGE features leading figures from a wide spectrum of the industry, including artists, programmers, designers, writers, teachers and business executives. Other speakers include government figures, experts on computer game violence, social issues, serious games and more.

The convention also includes a number of special events. Among these are a college fair, game design tournaments, expo hall, networking events, augmented reality games and more.

“SIEGE does an excellent job of attracting a wide variety of attendees,” said Andrew Greenberg, SIEGE director and a partner at Holistic Design, Inc., an Atlanta-based computer game company.“The strong array of presenters and events means that there is a lot for everyone to do. Industry leaders share their insights with fellow professionals, students come looking for schools and employers, companies come looking for employees, and so on.”

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The event has attracted a variety of sponsors, including Georgia’s Department of Economic Development. Conference sessions include classes on the latest software, game design techniques, business issues, starting a new company, and more. More information can be found at www.siegecon.net.?

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Andrew Greenberg, Director? Clinton Lowe, Chairman

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hdiandrew@aol.com? clinton.lowe@ggda.org

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