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Break Into the Video Game Industry on September 8

Conference and resume workshop for students and professionals (August 13, 2004)

The Game Initiative today announced the "How To Break Into Video Game Industry: Conference and Resume Workshop" will take place September 8, 2004 in Austin, Texas the day before the Austin Game Conference and the Women's Game Conference. The Breakin conference is designed for students and professionals eager to get a job in the computer and video game industry.

The event is open to artists, programmers, designers and others looking to get into the business. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with industry insiders, including top recruiter, hiring managers from local game companies as well as network and meet with industry veterans.

"The comprehensive program will provide an overview of the industry, identify technology trends and requirements as well as the qualifications and skill-sets that are in demand," said Christopher Sherman, Game Initiative Executive Director. "This is the perfect timing, the day prior to the Austin Game Conference where Activision, Midway and others will be actively recruiting for talent."

Students will learn how to build an early professional road map to a career in the game industry. Professionals looking to move into the business from other industries will learn how their experience and transferable skills can gain rapid entry into this industry. The event will also provide a great opportunity for local companies to meet potential new talent.

How To Break Into Video Game Industry - Agenda

8:30am - 9:00am  Registration and Networking
9:00am - 9:45am  Industry Overview
10:00am - 10:45am  Getting in at the Ground Floor
11:00am - 12:00pm  Applying Transferable Skill Sets
12:00pm - 1:30pm  Networking
1:30pm - 3:00pm  Resume Workshop

The cost is $45 in advance or $60 at the door. The event takes place at the MCC Building located in North Austin. Registration is available online at

How To Break Into Video Game Industry attendees will:

- Find out what employers are looking for now and in the future
- Learn how the game development pipeline works
- Receive an overview of the industry and where it's headed
- Understand the core competencies required in art, programming and design
- Meet and network with professionals in the industry
- Participate in a resume workshop designed to gain them critical interviews with hiring managers.

About The Game Initiative
The Game Initiative is a leading producer of conferences and events for professionals in the computer and video game industry. The Initiative is chartered with the growth of the industry through events, public awareness, information and supporting programs and serves the needs of companies and people involved in producing interactive entertainment software and hardware for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers and the Internet. Game Initiative events include the Austin Game Conference, the Mobile Game Conference, the Women's Game Conference and the How to Break into the Game Industry national conference series. More information about the Game Initiative can be found at


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