The Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival 2006 (EIEF06), which features significant game-related content, has announced that it will again return this August to the Scottish city, and will also feature the return of one of the industry's leading figures with the appointment of Chris Deering, recently retired President of Sony Europe, as EIEF06 Chairman.
The fourth annual Festival, which aims to "celebrate the best of the interactive entertainment industry and creates an environment where the development and publishing community can celebrate the latest creative milestones and look to future innovations", will take place on August 21st and 22nd, 2006.
The EIEF06 program consists of 2 days of conference sessions, named 'The Industry Conference', which will take place at the Royal College of Physicians on August 21st and at the Odeon, Lothian Road on August 22nd, as well as game screenings, offering members of the public a chance to get up close with the creators of some of the leading video games at the Odeon, Lothian Road, on August 22nd. Finally, industry figures gather at the Jam House for the annual Edge Award and networking party on August 21st.
Chris Deering commented of the festival: "Since its inception, the EIEF has listened to its constituents and has grown and evolved with each passing year. EIEF06 is no exception and my intention is to preserve the spirit of the festivals gone by but also add some new elements in order to keep the festival fresh and interesting, not only for those in the industry but also for the gaming enthusiastic public."