How to Break into the Video Game Industry Conference, Resume Workshop and Job Fair

AUSTIN, Texas, December 11, 2003 - The Game Initiative today announced a new conference designed for students and professionals eager to get a job in the computer and video game industry. “How To Break Into Video Game Industry: Mini-Conference, Resume Workshop and Job Fair” will take place January 31, 2004 in San Francisco. The event is designed for artists, programmers and designers looking to get into the business. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with industry insiders, including top recruiter Mary-Margaret.com, hiring managers from local game companies as well as network and meet with industry veterans. Alias, the world's leading innovator of 3D graphics technology, is lead sponsor of the event.

“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. “The casual nature of this event allows attendees an unprecedented
opportunity to interact with industry veterans, ask questions, gain valuable
contacts and understand the business.”

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 $35 in advance or $45 at the door. The event takes place at the
600 Townsend Building located in the South of Market Area at the corner of 7th
and Townsend Streets in San Francisco. Registration is available online at
http://www.TheGameInitiative.comm

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.

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About The Game Initiativeve

The Game Initiative is chartered with the growth of the computer and video
game industry by serving the needs of companies involved in producing
interactive entertainment software and hardware for video game consoles,
handheld devices, personal computers and the Internet. The Game Initiative was
spun out of the Austin Game Initiative (AGI), an organization focused on
supporting the game development industry in Austin, Texas. Austin is the # 3
location in the U.S. for game development with more than 50 companies making
major contributions to the game industry, including game development,
publishing, tools and middleware and chips and hardware. The AGI produces The
Austin Game Conference which will take place September 9-10, 2004. More
information about the Game Initiative can be found at
http://www.TheGameInitiative.com.

The name The Game Initiative is a trademark of Austin Game Initiative.

For more information: Steve Farrer Heavy Metal Marketing (512) 415-8300 steve@heavymetalmarketing.com


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