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“The Game Developers Conference® Online (GDC Online) is the premier game developer event focusing on online and connected gaming including virtual worlds, social games, casual games, and MMOs.”

“Conference tracks focus on business and marketing, design, social networking and community, services, production, and programming and cover emerging topics including micro-transactions, the casualization of MMOs, and new distribution models.”

This is one of the most important cluster community events in Austin for the gaming industry. One of last year’s keynote speakers was the President, Sony Online Entertainment, John Smedley.

The next conference takes place October 5-8, 2010.

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In order for any cluster to grow it must have some government support, in particular because clusters help foster economic growth.

Texas governor Rick Perry is a strong supporter of this type of economic development and partnered up with Skillpoint Alliance to create the “GameOn!” event, hosted in the city of Austin on Wednesday, April 7, from 9 a.m.

“The video gaming industry portrays a work ethic, business model and openness to new ideas that can help grow and expand the state’s economy, and have a significant impact on how students are taught in Texas classrooms,” Gov. Perry said. “This symposium will help educators and business leaders alike find ways to ensure that young Texans get the resources and training they need to pursue jobs in the exciting digital media and video game development industries.”

Click here for more on SkillPoint Alliance and the GameOn! conference

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