The Georgia Game Developers Association (GGDA) recently announced plans for the Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo (SIEGE). Scheduled for Oct. 5 – 7, 2007, at Atlanta’s Crowne Plaza Perimeter, SIEGE focuses on the fast-growing game design industry in the South.
“Computer and video games sell from $10 to $13 billion a year in the United States, and the South is becoming a more important part of this industry,” said Clinton Lowe, chairman of the GGDA and CEO of C. Allen Lowe and Associates. “More and more schools offer game design programs, and graduates of these programs are finding work here, instead of having to leave for California.”
To target the influence of surrounding schools, the convention is including a student fair for high school students and others looking for colleges.
Additionally, the convention also includes a number of special events, including game design tournaments, game playing tournaments, and a job fair party.
SIEGE’s speakers include leading figures from a wide spectrum of the industry, including leading artists, programmers, designers, writers, teachers and business executives. Other speakers include government figures, experts on computer game violence and social issues, and more.
The event has attracted a variety of sponsors, including Georgia’s Film, Video and Music office, universities, colleges, and game design companies. Sessions include classes on the latest software, game design techniques, business issues, starting a new company, and more.
For more information, visit the SIEGE website