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TIGA To Launch Game Developers Conference In Europe

Conference to take place alongside European Games Network. (May 28, 2004)

TIGA, The Independent Games Developers' Association, today confirmed that it will launch a major new European developer conference to run alongside the European Games Network. The European Developers' Forum: The Interactive Entertainment Conference will take place at Excel, London running from September 1st 3rd 2004.

The new three-day conference has support from the TIGA membership, its Board, key developers from across Europe as well as tools and technology providers. A steering committee is being convened at present by the TIGA board and a dedicated team of conference professionals with direct and high level experience of the global development sector will be announced over the next several days.

The conference has been created by TIGA in order to provide the development community in Europe with a professional outlook and a far-reaching programme of content. TIGA will announce the programme in mid-June following ratification by the event's steering committee which will convene over the next two weeks to sign off on the inaugural event's content.

The European Developers' Forum will be two days of wide ranging conference and a third day dedicated to mobile entertainment.

Ian Baverstock, TIGA Chairman and CEO of games developer Kuju, said: "We see this event as being about the people involved in game development in Europe, about the technology and about business developments in the global games development sector."

Fred Hasson, CEO of TIGA, said: "This is great news for the European development community. We need to ensure that the community has a professionally executed event that deals directly with the key issues of the moment. The European Developers' Forum will do exactly that; it is an event supported by the major development companies and talent in Europe and is programmed by the community for the community.

He added: "The UK is the centre of game development in Europe. It is therefore appropriate that a professional event for this community acts as an umbrella for everyone in the development community throughout Europe. We will of course be working closely with our partners in Europe and the US to ensure we really deliver the right mix to our audience, this means leveraging our relationships globally. "

The Steering Committee for the European Developers' Forum will include:
Chris van der Kuyl - VIS and BAM!
Hermen Hulst Guerrilla Games
Harald Riegler Sproing
Ian Baverstock Kuju
Jason Kingsley Rebellion
Mark Hewitt Elixir
Further names will be announced shortly.

The TIGA Board currently consists of:
Mark Hewitt - Elixir Studios
David Bailey - Black Cactus
Gary Liddon - Climax Group
Philip Oliver - Blitz Games
Jeremy Heath-Smith - Circle Studios
Ian Baverstock Kuju (Chairman)
Jason Kingsley Rebellion
John Chasey - IOMO
Steve Hutchings - Lionhead
Rob Henderson - Smoking Gun
Jon Weinbren Imaginary
Fred Hasson TIGA (CEO)

The European Developers' Forum takes place along side the European Games Network (EGN). TIGA also has an exclusive agreement with the three-day event which will see TIGA create The TIGA International Content Market, a developers' exchange with an ambitious programme of activity creating a dedicated forum for business for developers. TIGA will be working closely with both ELSPA and EGN event organiser, London EventCo, to create, promote and manage the International Content Market

The International Content Market will be a TIGA event within EGN. It will be hosted on the main floor of EGN and will consist of an ambitious mix of open plan meeting areas and low cost closed presentation rooms, private meeting rooms and demo areas. The programme will also benefit from the EGN Meeting Planner, an online meetings diary open to all VIP delegates and exhibitors to manage and plan their time at the event.

European Games Network runs Wednesday 1st Friday 3rd September 2004 at ExCeL London. It takes place alongside Game Stars Live, the consumer games show that runs Wednesday 1st Sunday 5th September 2004.

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About TIGA
TIGA (The Independent Game developers Association) is the trade association which represents the business and commercial interests of the UK's Independent game developers i.e. those that are not controlled by publishers and whose principal business is the development of games. Launched in March 2001, by DTI Minister TIGA has more than 90 member companies that collectively represent expertise from right across the industry. TIGA works to raise the bargaining power of the UK developer community promoting communication between developers and publishers and those that provide services to them: TIGA aims to benefit its members' businesses and creative interests by encouraging a better climate for investment in games, best business practice, dialogue and favourable terms with publishers and by lobbying for government support to the industry.

ELSPA (The Entertainment & Leisure Software Publishers Association) was founded in 1989 to establish a specific and collective identity for the computer and video games industry. Membership includes almost all companies concerned with the publishing and distribution of interactive leisure software in the UK. ELSPA's activities include: Official Chart and Industry Reports, Anti-Piracy UK and EU, PR and Communication, Events. More information on all these activities can be found at

About London EventCo
London EventCo is the in-house exhibition organising company at ExCeL, created to launch major consumer and trade shows at London's prestigious new venue in the heart of the Docklands. An entrepreneurial company, committed to launch and growth, it is run by a highly creative and innovative team with extensive experience in the consumer and trade exhibitions industry.

About ExCeL
ExCeL is London's largest events, exhibitions and conference venue, located on a 100-acre site alongside Royal Victoria Dock in London's Docklands, between Canary Wharf and London City airport. It was designed and developed specifically for the events industry and launched in November 2000. Shows already held or to be staged at ExCeL include: World Travel Market, The London International Boat Show, Max Power London, ExCel Power Boat Grand Prix, London International Dive Show, Toy Fair, The Property Investor Show, London Expo, Careers & Jobs Live. Professional Nails & Beauty, The London International Wine & Spirits Fair, IFE-International Food & Drink Exhibition, Salon International, Bathrooms & Kitchens Expo, Clima Expo 2003.Public transport links to ExCeL are now very well established with Canary Wharf and the City just minutes away on the Docklands Light Railway and Jubilee Line, with a short 30-minute trip to the West End. There is easy access to the M25, M11, A406, A13 and ExCeL offers car parking facilities for over 4,000 cars. London City airport is just five minutes away, offering over 200 flights a day and providing access to domestic cities and 27 European destinations. By early Spring 2004, ExCeL will have 14 stylish bars, cafes and restaurants and a Night Club on site as well as a total of 1500 hotel rooms at 8 hotels within five minutes of the venue. For more information on ExCeL, what's on and how to get to ExCeL, please visit


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