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10/31/2005 - Date Set for GameFest Spokane

GameFest Spokane will zoom over the Terabyte Triangle’s broadband infrastructure on April 14 and 15, 2006. This “all ages” event will marry massively multiplayer online games (MMOG) with downtown Spokane’s high speed, broadband infrastructure. The ‘wired’ Spokane Convention Center will be the primary venue for the event, but there are also plans to use VPnet to connect to educational institutions around the area.

Using a model reminiscent of Bloomsday, GameFest Spokane will create an event that invites new, casual, and elite online gamers to compete against one another in the medium of digital entertainment. A Massively Multiplayer Online Game is one in which there is a persistent world online. Your own character develops over time, and while you control your own destiny, you share the world with any number of other players. The most popular MMOG, Final Fantasy XI, had more than 650,000 paying subscribers in June 2005.

The two day event will feature multiple MMOGs including Uru created by Spokane-based Cyan Worlds, Inc. GamerZunion, a Spokane-based company, will supply a new portal to help ease network considerations. GameFest will feature competitive games designed with multiple proficiency tiers, enabling gamers of all capabilities to compete against each other for recognition and prizes.

Computer game publishers, hardware manufacturers, and consumer electronics companies will demonstrate their latest innovations. Experts from the MMOG community will share their observations, thoughts, and ideas. According to Nate Brantingham of gamerZunion, “GameFest is a perfect opportunity for us at gamerZunion to form relationships with both other companies interested in this space and customers. We have long been supporters of Spokane and the many high-tech benefits Spokane has to offer. What a perfect way to highlight the technology achievements of our area and have a ton of fun at the same time.”

GameFest Spokane 2006 event organizers are looking for interested partners for sponsorship and exhibition opportunities. Anyone interested should contact Robin Toth, Director, Funding and Community Projects, Spokane Area Economic Development Council, 801 W Riverside, Suite 302, Spokane, WA 99201. Telephone (509) 742-9388. As details become available, they will be posted at http://gamefestspokane.net/.

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