The first GC Asia Conference (GCAC) will open its doors next week in Singapore, September 6-7, 2007.

Taking place alongside Games Convention Asia at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Center (6-9 September), the conference will host game industry leaders and facilitate dialogue between international developers and publishers.

Focussing on mobile and online games, outsourcing, and business development, GCAC presents a unique networking forum for developers and publishers from the Asia-Pacific region, North America, and Europe. The organisers have announced a top-notch line-up of over 60 renowned speakers, addressing key industry topics in over 50 sessions.

Susan Gold, chairwoman of the IGDA Education SIG, is set to hold a lecture entitled “Entering the Video Game Industry” at this year's inaugural GC Asia Conference.

Susan Gold is an artist, teacher, and activist with a specialisation in digital art, new media and video games. Her lecture will focus on preparing individuals to land and maintain a job within the extremely competitive and popular game industry. This includes putting together a resume and a portfolio, as well as advice on how to survive the interview process and establish networks.

As an educator, Professor Gold has helped to shape a niche programme in Entertainment Technology. Professor Gold also sits on the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Curriculum Committee for Computer Graphics and the IEEE WG16.3 Committee on Theoretical Foundation of Entertainment Computing. Her artwork and writing have been featured in numerous galleries and museums and she has received several grants and awards for her work.

Bob Bates, one of the directors of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), is known as the author behind he story of Unreal Tournament II, and Eric the Unready. He will give a speech surrounding the topic of pitching game design ideas and creativity issues. Alexander Fernández, CEO of Streamline Studios, will lecture on outsourcing for the Xbox, and PCs.

The worldwide Executive of Music and Audio for Electronic Arts, Steve Schnur, speaks at the conference on issues related to sound design and licensing. Peter Paul Gadi (Philippines), CTO at Anino Mobile and one of its founding partners, will explain how to establish a mobile game development process.

Also speaking at GCAC is Chris Natsuume (Singapore), lead producer of Far Cry, and founder of Boomzap Entertainment. Additional representatives from the Asia-Pacific region, Charles Speyer (Vietnam) and Brett Bibby (Malaysia), will host lectures as well.

The Leipzig Fair, organiser of GC (Games Convention) - Europe's biggest show in the industry - has granted Singaporean organiser Conference & Exhibition Management Services the right to use the Games Convention brand. For two days, GCAC will host leading international publishers and game developers from the Asia-Pacific region, North America, and Europe. Under the motto "Opportunities to the World," developers from Asia-Pacific will have the chance to meet international publishers and speak about their business. The conference programme is divided into four tracks, business development, business opportunities, financing/VC, and outsourcing.

The GCAC programme includes speakers from 20 countries, among them Allan Simonsen (Technical Director, Boomzap/IGDA, Singapore), Christopher Thompson (Vice President/GM Asia, Electronic Arts) Chris Natsumme (CEO, Boomzap, Singapore), Joonmo Kwon (CEO, Nexon Corp/Nexon Mobile, South Korea), Peter Paul Gadi (Anino Mobile, Philippines), Che-Yuan Wang (Disney, China), Bob Wallace (Strategic Alternatives, USA), and Keith Liu (Nokia, Singapore).

Games Convention Asia will also witness the signing of the first-ever Memorandum of Intent between the national game associations of 12 countries in Asia-Pacific.

The 12 nations that are signing the MOI are:

1. Singapore
2. Malaysia
3. Thailand
4. Philippines
5. Vietnam
6. Australia
7. New Zealand
8. Japan
9. China
10. Korea
11. Taiwan
12. Hong Kong

The presidents of the national game associations from these countries will be in Singapore to attend the signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Intent. All the 12 countries have thriving games industries at varying states of development.

The MOI will seek to promote greater understanding between the various national game associations, and the games industry in each country.

It will also pave the way towards closer networking and collaboration between the game associations and the member companies they represent. On the cards are proposed trade missions and partnerships.

The regional neighbours of Singapore including Australia, Germany, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Korea, China and Thailand have all confirmed their participation in the GCA 2007 Business Centre. Each country is setting up a pavilion that will feature between 8 to 10 companies each. These companies will showcase their latest and hottest games, and related products and services.
GCAC is supported by GC Developers Conference, Europe's leading conference for game developers. GCDC 2007 in Leipzig, Germany, attracted over 900 attendees from more than 35 countries. GC Asia and GCA are organised by Leipziger Messe International and Conference and Exhibition Management Services.

Official website: gc-asia.sg.