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GDC Europe opens lecture submissions for 2012 event

RG.jpgThe UBM TechWeb Game Network, organizers of the industry-leading Game Developers Conference, have announced the call for submissions for this August's GDC Europe conference in Cologne, Germany.

GDC Europe, taking place Monday through Wednesday, August 13-15, 2012 at the Cologne Congress-Centrum Ost, will again provide the essential pan-European perspective of game development and business trends currently happening throughout the continent.

The conference is now in its fourth year, and will once again occur in the same week as the European gamescom trade fair. With this pairing, GDC Europe can offer content to address the development community at a central location in the heart of Europe and reach the critical mass of the European games sector.

This year, the event's call for submissions for lectures includes main conference tracks in Business & Marketing, Game Design, Production, Programming, and Visual Arts. Organizers are looking for leading practitioners to propose lectures and panels with major practical takeaways for today's video game market.

Organizers are also accepting submissions for content for the three GDC Europe Summits: the Social Games Summit, Smartphone & Tablet Games Summit and Independent Games Summit, all of which were introduced in 2011 and will be held concurrently with the main conference.

"GDC Europe offers the pan-European game development community a unique opportunity to come together and dialogue about the local and global changes happening in the industry, from their perspective," said Meggan Scavio, general manager of all Game Developers Conference events.

"As the conference heads into its fourth year, we are pleased to be able to return to Cologne and to continue providing a venue for developers to gain priceless learning experience featuring leading industry tools and techniques."

The call for submissions for both the main conference tracks and the three GDC Europe Summits is now open through April 16, 2012. You can learn more about the submissions process and guidelines on the event's submissions page.

In addition to a marquee lineup of keynote speakers that included Wooga founder and CEO Jens Begemann, co-creator of the legendary Ultima series and founder of social media games developer Portalarium Richard Garriott, and Epic Games president Dr. Michael Capps, GDC Europe 2011 hosted over 2,100 attendees, 170 speakers, 45 exhibitors and more than 300 media representatives.

With a developer-focused Expo Floor area, myriad day and evening networking events, GDC Europe 2012 will continue to offer business and networking opportunities to all attendees. For more information on GDC Europe please visit its official website.