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2013 Title Sponsor

Connect a Million Minds

Time Warner Cable's (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. Using its media assets, TWC creates awareness of the issue and inspires students to develop the STEM skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. Program highlights include: original PSAs that challenge public perceptions of STEM; a unique website, www.connectamillionminds.com, where parents and community members can pledge to connect young people with the wonders of science; “The Connectory”, a one-of-a-kind online resource that makes it simple and easy for parents and students to find informal science and technology learning opportunities in their communities; grants to support non-profit organizations that bring stimulating, high-quality and affordable after-school STEM learning to students; TWC employees, over 47,000 strong, who volunteer their time at community events like science fairs and robotics competitions, and share their passion for engineering and technology with students at CAMM career days. TWC’s national CAMM partners are CSAS (Coalition for Science After School) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Local TWC markets are activating CAMM across the country with community-specific programs and partnerships.

2013 Official Wire Service

GameBizWire

GamesBizWire, a wholly owned subsidiary of ClearImage, was created to help interactive entertainment companies publicize news about their products and services to publications across North America and Europe.

Similar to Business Wire and PR Newswire, GamesBizWire is a cost-effective way for game companies to send their updates (news releases, trailers, screenshots, demos, etc.) directly to hundreds of gaming and entertainment publications and online sites. GamesBizWire guarantees exposure to industry editors, analysts, writers, editorial directors and freelancers. We help independent developers, publishers, tool providers and professional service providers in the video game industry gain additional exposure for their messages.

To learn more about GamesBizWire's cost-effective solutions for promoting your company, please visit our services page.

2013 Exclusive Online Tournament Provider

FraggedNation.com

Fraggednation.com is an online gaming ladder and tournament site which supports XBOX, PS3, Wii, and PC. They have a community feel and are completely devoted to ensure that the online gaming community has a place to play that is fair, fun, and unique. This is obvious by their motto: "A community of Gamers. For Gamers - By Gamers. At FraggedNation the leagues are all yours; we just do the paperwork."


2013 Official Gaming PC

Alienware

Alienware is a United States computer hardware subsidiary of Dell, Inc.It mainly assembles third party components into desktops and laptops with custom enclosures. Alienware also offers for sale re-badged computer peripherals, such as headsets, computer mic, monitors and keyboards. Their hardware has a distinctive "sci-fi" style, typically including decorative lighting. Alienware was founded in 1996 by Nelson Gonzalez and Alex Aguila.

2013 Official Streaming Service

TwitchTV

Twitch is the leading video platform and community for gamers with more than 23 million visitors per month. We want to connect gamers around the world by allowing them to broadcast, watch, and chat from everywhere they play.

Your Favorite Games Broadcast all the games! There’s a universe of gaming video waiting to be discovered on Twitch. Whether you’re into retro favorites, strategic eSports titles, fist-person shooters, or massively multiplayer pasta cooking dating simulators, if you love playing it, you’ll find it on Twitch.

The Best Players Twitch is home to the most dedicated and highly skilled gamers on the planet. They shatter world records. They cruise through the newest titles. They make headlines with world-first accomplishments, and they make it all look easy. Discover why they’re the best at what they do on Twitch.

The Biggest Events Twitch features the best gaming events, period. We have it all: large-scale gaming competitions that pack stadiums, community marathons that raise millions of dollars for charity, and video game industry events where the future of gaming is forged. And that’s just the beginning.

The Coolest Shows Twitch is where you’ll find the best online video shows in the gaming world. From behemoths like Joystiq, Gamespot, and Destructoid, to insiders like LiveonThree, ManvsGame, and Day9, this is where you’ll find the vanguard of live gaming entertainment. For additional information, please visit Twitch.TV


2013 Official Cleaning Product

Dust Off

Manufactured by Falcon Safety Products Inc., a world leader in compressed-gas technology, Dust-Off offers the most comprehensive line of dust removing and preventive maintenance products for consumer electronics and home or office equipment. Dust-Off compressed-gas dusters are one of the most versatile cleaning accessories available to consumers today and have long been a staple for the care and maintenance of computers and other electronic equipment. For additional information, please visit Dust Off

2013 Official Monitor

BenQ

Welcome to BenQ Corporation – a leading innovator of digital lifestyle devices dedicated to Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life. BenQ is a world-renowned pioneer in today’s digital convergence era, set apart by a unique philosophy of “Enjoyment Matters”. This spirit infuses every industry-first technology and every award-winning product we engineer. It underlies our product development, business model, partnerships, and corporate culture. It inspires our dedicated employees and directs us in global citizenry.

"Enjoyment Matters” as our very existence is devoted to elevating life to a higher level of freedom, productivity, simplicity, and enjoyment. We believe with our continuous effort to build towards a better future, things will certainly be Lookin’ Great!

2013 Offical Headset

Plantronics

GameCom is the gaming sub-brand of Plantronics, offially trademarked as Plantronics GameCom. Though Plantronics produced gaming headsets as far back as 1999, it wasn't until 2004 that the GameCom brand was created to encompass their gaming headset family. In 2002, Plantronics started on the path to GameCom by partnering withMicrosoft to create the first headset to be released in conjunction with Xbox Communicator to enable voice communication with Xbox Live. Since then, GameCom has released headsets compatible with both console and PC gaming platforms, hosted gaming tournaments, and sponsored professional gaming teams.


2013 Official Partners

Harmonix

“Harmonix has a long legacy of producing not only popular, but also award-winning games centered around music. Most recently, the studio has completed work on Dance Central and Rock Band 3, leading innovations in the music gaming category. With this love and passion for music, fused with the same passion for gaming, Harmonix continues to live and grow in Cambridge, MA expanding the Rock Band franchise, developing new titles and searching for new and unique ways to bring the joy of music to the world.”

For additional information, please visit www.harmonixmusic.com


Epic Games

Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, NC and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its “Unreal” series, including “Unreal Tournament 3” for PC, PLAYSTATION®3 and Xbox 360®. Epic’s “Gears of War” won over 30 Game of the Year awards, and the sales of "Gears of War" and “Gears of War 2” have eclipsed 11 million units.

Epic's Unreal Engine 3 is the three-time consecutive winner of Game Developer magazine’s Best Engine Front Line Award, was the 2008 Hall of Fame inductee and won Best Engine again in 2009. Unreal Engine 3 has also been recognized as the number one game engine by Develop magazine. Additional information about Epic can be obtained through the Epic Games Web site at www.epicgames.com.


Red Storm Entertainment

Red Storm Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ubi Soft Entertainment, specializing in CD-ROM games, console games, and related merchandise.

Their objective is to become the market leader for entertainment products that satisfy the appetites of  "hardcore" game players, while also appealing to the broader community of  "casual" game fans attracted to realistic and intelligent games. With games like Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, the company quickly became recognized as an innovative creator of titles that break the mold by combining popular genres to provide a totally immersive gaming experience. Many of Red Storm's games feature stunning 3-D graphics, seamless combinations of action and strategic gameplay, as well as thrilling new types of play for on-line gamers.

Armed with a proven formula for success, Red Storm Entertainment is excited about the future of gaming. Our goal is to produce top-quality, innovative games for PC and the next-gen systems while continuing the collaboration with Ubisoft to bring our franchise titles to all viable platforms.


EA Games

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EATM, EA SPORTSTM, EA MobileTM and POGOTM. In fiscal 2009, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at info.ea.com


ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek is the premier retailer for the global geek community. A wholly‐owned subsidiary of Geeknet, Inc., ThinkGeek was founded in 1999 to serve the distinct needs and interests of technology professionals and enthusiasts. Today, ThinkGeek has grown to become the first choice for innovative and imaginative gifts that appeal to the geek in everyone. For more information, please visit thinkgeek.com or call 1-888-GEEKSTUFF.

Geeknet, Inc. is the online network for the global geek community. Our sites include SourceForge, Slashdot, ThinkGeek, Ohloh and freshmeat. We serve an audience of more than 40 million users* each month and provide the tech obsessed with content, culture, connections, commerce, and all the things that geeks crave. For additional information, please visit www.thinkgeek.com


What is NCG?

National Championship Gaming is here to bring competitive video gaming tournaments to all areas of our nation. So far we have tournament headquarters located from Hawaii to the Carolinas. Our goal is to be in every state of the United States by the end of 2010. We are well on our way to meeting this goal. NCG, National Championship Gaming is a Tournament Gaming & Media Company hosting & supporting amateur and pro gaming tournaments throughout the USA. For partnership information visit NCGpro.org. Amateur and pro gamers visit NCGpro.com and 4v4pro.com.

If you know of a well established LAN Center in the U.S.

email us
the name and the city they are located to and we will contact them.


Sensory Gaming

Sensory Gaming has been a dream of ours for a little over a year now with it becoming a reality at the start of last month. We host Starcraft II Wings of Liberty and League of Legends online Tournaments using the website z33k.com who is also one of our partners. In just a month Sensory Gaming has held six Starcraft II double elimination tournaments ranging from Bronze-Silver, Bronze-Gold, and Gold-Diamond. Our biggest tournament was the Gold-Diamond tournament which had a 50$ prize pool (25$ for 1st, 15$ for 2nd, and 10$ for 3rd). Usually we average 35 viewers all night and most of our tournaments last over 5 hours. In a month we have gained 70 followers and received 51 likes on our Facebook page. As we continue to grow so does our fanbase allowing us to bring better tournaments and support to our partners and the community.


Hasbro

From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers with well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. Visit www.hasbro.comfor more info.


World Beyblade Organization

The World Beyblade Organization are the unofficial sanctioning body for the battling spinning top hobby Beyblade by Takara-Tomy. We offer a comprehensive ranking system allowing you to battle other Bladers for BeyPoints, a detailed Beyblade encyclopedia in the form of the Beywiki, and the world's largest and most active Beyblade discussion forums!Please visit www.WorldBeyblade.org for more info.


Tier Zero Games

We are a Board Game, Card Game and Collectibles Hobby Shop. Our primary focus is Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon Card Games & Cardfight!! Vanguard. We also house monthly BayBlade Tournaments . We are an ADVANCED WPN Location for MTG!! We hold 2 FNM events each week, our early bird Free Event at 5:30 PM and our main event at 7:30 PM. Our events are numerous and we welcome players of all ages, new and experienced - we LOVE to help you learn the game of your choice. We have MTG Sanctioned Drafts on Thursdays and Sundays, 2 Sanctioned Friday Night Magic events, MTG League on Saturday, Pokemon League on Sunday as well as Cossy Ranked Yu-Gi-Oh events on Saturday evenings. Cardfight!! Vanguard is on Saturday's at 2:30 PM. Come visit us in downtown Goldsboro! Like us on Facebook for more info.


Beyblade Geeks

The Beyblade Geeks are dedicated into customizing and showing everyone the BEY SPIRIT! Triplet Brothers and University students: Brendan, Steven, William and sometimes special guests hang around with free time dedicated to Beyblade knowledge and battles! Visit us on Facebook for more info.


Kickin Kiwi

Kickin Kiwi is located in Memorial Commons! (Behind Sbux). We serve eight different flavors daily and switch out new flavors throughout the week. Finish off your cup with with any of our 42 toppings, weigh, pay, and enjoy! Kickin Kiwi is a self serve frozen yogurt shop offering premium frozen yogurt and a variety of toppings. The best part? You're in charge! So twirl it, top it, weight it, pay it!


2013 Media Partners

Playnews

Playnews is the first independent news agency to entirely focus on the games industry. Our core purpose is to deliver efficiently a fast, comprehensive and reliable news stream in order to offer key intelligence data to institutions, companies, associations and every subject involved in this flourishing market. Visit playnews for more information.


2012 Title Sponsor

Connect a Million Minds

Time Warner Cable's (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. Using its media assets, TWC creates awareness of the issue and inspires students to develop the STEM skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. Program highlights include: original PSAs that challenge public perceptions of STEM; a unique website, www.connectamillionminds.com, where parents and community members can pledge to connect young people with the wonders of science; “The Connectory”, a one-of-a-kind online resource that makes it simple and easy for parents and students to find informal science and technology learning opportunities in their communities; grants to support non-profit organizations that bring stimulating, high-quality and affordable after-school STEM learning to students; TWC employees, over 47,000 strong, who volunteer their time at community events like science fairs and robotics competitions, and share their passion for engineering and technology with students at CAMM career days. TWC’s national CAMM partners are CSAS (Coalition for Science After School) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Local TWC markets are activating CAMM across the country with community-specific programs and partnerships.

2012 Official Headset

VIBRAS

Track Scan is a leading provider of audio technology for sports and electronic gaming. Track Scans new line of gaming and personal audio products-VIBRAS- includes the VIBRAS Five.One Surround Sound Headset System the only headset to earn Microsoft's authorization as "Licensed for Xbox 360". The VIBRAS Five.One headset features 10 speakers (five in each ear), enabling the player to feel inside the game. There is also a USB version available for PC gaming, movies,music and VOIP. Track Scan was founded in 1993 & is privately owned and based in Mooresville, NC with offices in Taiwan and China. For additional information, please visit www.track-scan.com/2/vibras.html

2012 Official Cleaning Product

Dust Off

Manufactured by Falcon Safety Products Inc., a world leader in compressed-gas technology, Dust-Off offers the most comprehensive line of dust removing and preventive maintenance products for consumer electronics and home or office equipment. Dust-Off compressed-gas dusters are one of the most versatile cleaning accessories available to consumers today and have long been a staple for the care and maintenance of computers and other electronic equipment. For additional information, please visit www.falconsafety.com/dustOff/

2012 Official Energy Drink Sponsor

Monster

At Monster we are all about the things you care about. What kid dreams about landing a 9 to 5 job? We all dreamed about being pro athletes, musicians and living the life. We know it takes encouragement and support to make that dream a reality, so we created the Monster Army to back the next generation pros, the future Ricky Carmichael, Jeremy McGrath, Dave Mirra, Danny Kass and Rob Dyrdek’s.In short, at Monster all our guys walk the walk in action sports, punk rock music, partying, hangin’ with the girls, and living life on the edge. Monster is way more than an energy drink. Led by our athletes, musicians, employees, distributors and fans, Monster is...A lifestyle in a can.For more information on Monster, visit www.Monsterenergy.com.

2012 Official Wire Service

GameBizWire

GamesBizWire, a wholly owned subsidiary of ClearImage, was created to help interactive entertainment companies publicize news about their products and services to publications across North America and Europe.

Similar to Business Wire and PR Newswire, GamesBizWire is a cost-effective way for game companies to send their updates (news releases, trailers, screenshots, demos, etc.) directly to hundreds of gaming and entertainment publications and online sites. GamesBizWire guarantees exposure to industry editors, analysts, writers, editorial directors and freelancers. We help independent developers, publishers, tool providers and professional service providers in the video game industry gain additional exposure for their messages.

To learn more about GamesBizWire's cost-effective solutions for promoting your company, please visit our services page.

2012 Event Partners

SuperCon2K

The SuperCon 2K Series is the place to be for all gamers to explorer all the aspects of the gaming industry and beyond. The SuperCon 2K Series travels to multiple locations across the nation, providing a home for gamers to meet other gamers, make new friends, play casual games, learn about the gaming industry reach to a variety of genre’s which includes anime, sci-fi and participate in tournament games to win the title of the most proven player in the nation. For the casual gamer there are multiple game set-ups, free giveaways, opportunities to meet local or national talent involved in the video game industry or related industries and of course to participate in fun casual games. You also have the ability to participate in a variety of workshop and panels that relate to gaming, anime, sci-fi and more.

For the hardcore gamer there are tournament events in the most popular video games out today. In addition, national rankings are awarded to each competitor at every SuperCon 2K Series event. Players who compete in multiple SuperCon 2K Series of events will have the opportunity to be crowned the National Champion of the Series. This is the champion who has proven their ability among the nation’s best players around the nation. Each event, both online and offline is refereed by experienced staff so when you win here it is real.

For all gamers, the SuperCon 2K Series is typically held in conjunction with other large conferences that have some tie-in or cross-over into the video game industry. So you will find additional fun with the anime conventions, comic conventions, car conventions and more. Don’t miss the opportunity, the fun, the memories, the networking, the prizes, the education, the bragging rights, and/or the chance to be named the most proven player in the nation! For additional information, please visit www.supercon2k.com


NVGA

The National Video Game Association (N.V.G.A) is the premier service and provider for building and supporting gaming communities and gaming events. For additional information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/NationalVideoGameAssociation


Harmonix

“Harmonix has a long legacy of producing not only popular, but also award-winning games centered around music. Most recently, the studio has completed work on Dance Central and Rock Band 3, leading innovations in the music gaming category. With this love and passion for music, fused with the same passion for gaming, Harmonix continues to live and grow in Cambridge, MA expanding the Rock Band franchise, developing new titles and searching for new and unique ways to bring the joy of music to the world.”

For additional information, please visit www.harmonixmusic.com


ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek is the premier retailer for the global geek community. A wholly‐owned subsidiary of Geeknet, Inc., ThinkGeek was founded in 1999 to serve the distinct needs and interests of technology professionals and enthusiasts. Today, ThinkGeek has grown to become the first choice for innovative and imaginative gifts that appeal to the geek in everyone. For more information, please visit thinkgeek.com or call 1-888-GEEKSTUFF.

Geeknet, Inc. is the online network for the global geek community. Our sites include SourceForge, Slashdot, ThinkGeek, Ohloh and freshmeat. We serve an audience of more than 40 million users* each month and provide the tech obsessed with content, culture, connections, commerce, and all the things that geeks crave. For additional information, please visit www.thinkgeek.com


PMS Clan

PMS Clan, also known as Pandora's Mighty Soldiers is the world's largest multi-platform online female gaming group, launched in 2002, with active game divisions on Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, and PC platforms. Unlike many gaming clans, the main focus of the PMS clan is not just to play our best; our mission is to provide a fun, positive, and competitive online gaming experience to other female gamers in an effort to recruit and retain females in the online gaming environment. H2O Clan was launched as the male only counterpart clan of PMS in 2004, in the attempt to recognize males that have supported females in gaming and provide an active and competitive clan and community for them. H2O members typically try to raise the industry's awareness of female consumers, and support and compete alongside PMS members at events or competitions. PMS|H2O Clan boasts over 2000 members, across various platforms and games. PMS|H2O also has an active international divisions based all around the world. Our clan differs from other gaming clans in that it does not discriminate between gamers based on skill or even location as many do - any gamer can join the respective male and female divisions - They are only screened for attitude and dedication. Our top players have competed alongside the best PRO players in the industry, and we have placed top 8 at World events like CPL, WSVG, and CGS.



2012 Media Partners

Computer Power User

Computer Power User Magazine is a monthly print publication aimed at people who know that technology rocks. The kind of person who gets his kicks upgrading graphics cards and smashing benchmarks. The type of person who reinstalls Windows at 2 a.m. on a Saturday because his system keeps crashing while he's ripping MP3s. Or the person who repartitions his drive to create a dual-boot system and installs Linux so he can learn more about how the OS works.

It's for people who enjoy wireless gadgets, fast Internet connections, and the latest next-gen computer games. People who like honest reviews, useful tips, and refreshing commentary from world-class computing experts. People who would rather check out the next exhibit at E3 in person than rely on the latest drivel from some PR flack.

To learn more about CPU and to subscribe, click here.


Geek Calendar

Our goal is to provide a community for people interested in attending geek related conventions. In order to deliver an amazing experience, we provide a definitive and easy to search list of comic book, anime, gaming, film, sci-fi, horror and collectible conventions. We want Geekcal.com to be your website of choice to find, discuss and share your event experiences.

We work daily combing the Internet and talking with our contacts to gather and keep our convention listings current. Between user contributed and staff entered events we believe we have the most up to date event lists across multiple geek genres. Not only that, we allow our users to post event reviews, pictures, video, create groups, post on our forum and share amazing amounts of information with like minded people.

Join the geek convention community at www.geekcal.com.


2011 Title Sponsor

Connect a Million Minds

Time Warner Cable's (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. Using its media assets, TWC creates awareness of the issue and inspires students to develop the STEM skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. Program highlights include: original PSAs that challenge public perceptions of STEM; a unique website, www.connectamillionminds.com, where parents and community members can pledge to connect young people with the wonders of science; “The Connectory”, a one-of-a-kind online resource that makes it simple and easy for parents and students to find informal science and technology learning opportunities in their communities; grants to support non-profit organizations that bring stimulating, high-quality and affordable after-school STEM learning to students; TWC employees, over 47,000 strong, who volunteer their time at community events like science fairs and robotics competitions, and share their passion for engineering and technology with students at CAMM career days. TWC’s national CAMM partners are CSAS (Coalition for Science After School) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Local TWC markets are activating CAMM across the country with community-specific programs and partnerships.

2011 Official Cleaning Product

Dust Off

Manufactured by Falcon Safety Products Inc., a world leader in compressed-gas technology, Dust-Off offers the most comprehensive line of dust removing and preventive maintenance products for consumer electronics and home or office equipment. Dust-Off compressed-gas dusters are one of the most versatile cleaning accessories available to consumers today and have long been a staple for the care and maintenance of computers and other electronic equipment. For additional information, please visit www.falconsafety.com/dustOff/


2011 Official Headset

VIBRAS

Track Scan is a leading provider of audio technology for sports and electronic gaming. Track Scans new line of gaming and personal audio products-VIBRAS- includes the VIBRAS Five.One Surround Sound Headset System the only headset to earn Microsoft's authorization as "Licensed for Xbox 360". The VIBRAS Five.One headset features 10 speakers (five in each ear), enabling the player to feel inside the game. There is also a USB version available for PC gaming, movies,music and VOIP. Track Scan was founded in 1993 & is privately owned and based in Mooresville, NC with offices in Taiwan and China. For additional information, please visit www.track-scan.com/2/vibras.html


2011 Official Lanyard Insert Sponsor

Gathering of Gamers

The Gathering of Gamers (GoG) was an idea that was conceived while playing video games! This unique and growing Worldwide Video Game Community is a place where people of all ages, locations, and levels of interest in video games, come to share photos, videos, stories, strategies, cheats, and anything else you want, with other friendly gamers around the world! Whether it’s connecting with current friends, making new ones, or checking out video game event highlights…GatheringofGamers.com is a place where you can build and display all the aspects of gaming that you enjoy for FREE. The possibilities and power of this unique Video Game Community are endless and we truly hope you can you can embrace and enjoy the tools (and toys) we have built for you. Sign up today and you’ll soon be enjoying a fully customizable gamer profile that allows you to upload your own photos and videos, share your video game reviews and stories, access gaming resources from around the globe, get information on local and online video game tournaments, trade video games, listen to our community driven podcast, and share your gaming world with ours!For more information on Gathering of Gamers, visit www.Gatheringofgamers.com.


2011 Auditorium Sponsor

Best Buy

With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, China and Mexico, Best Buy is a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services with a commitment to growth and innovation. The Best Buy family of brands and partnerships collectively generates more than $45 billion in annual revenue and includes brands such as Best Buy, Audiovisions, The Carphone Warehouse, Future Shop, Geek Squad, Jiangsu Five Star,Magnolia Audio Video, Napster, Pacific Sales, The Phone House, and Speakeasy. Approximately 155,000 employees apply their talents to help bring the benefits of these brands to life for customers through retail locations, multiple call centers and Web sites, in-home solutions, product delivery and activities in its communities. Community partnership is central to the way business is done at Best Buy. In fiscal 2009, Best Buy donated a combined $33.4 million to improve the vitality of the communities where its employees and customers live and work. For more information about Best Buy, visit www.bestbuy.com.


2011 Official Energy Drink Sponsor

Monster

At Monster we are all about the things you care about. What kid dreams about landing a 9 to 5 job? We all dreamed about being pro athletes, musicians and living the life. We know it takes encouragement and support to make that dream a reality, so we created the Monster Army to back the next generation pros, the future Ricky Carmichael, Jeremy McGrath, Dave Mirra, Danny Kass and Rob Dyrdek’s.In short, at Monster all our guys walk the walk in action sports, punk rock music, partying, hangin’ with the girls, and living life on the edge. Monster is way more than an energy drink. Led by our athletes, musicians, employees, distributors and fans, Monster is...A lifestyle in a can.For more information on Monster, visit www.Monsterenergy.com.


2011 Official Wire Service

GameBizWire

GamesBizWire, a wholly owned subsidiary of ClearImage, was created to help interactive entertainment companies publicize news about their products and services to publications across North America and Europe.

Similar to Business Wire and PR Newswire, GamesBizWire is a cost-effective way for game companies to send their updates (news releases, trailers, screenshots, demos, etc.) directly to hundreds of gaming and entertainment publications and online sites. GamesBizWire guarantees exposure to industry editors, analysts, writers, editorial directors and freelancers. We help independent developers, publishers, tool providers and professional service providers in the video game industry gain additional exposure for their messages.

To learn more about GamesBizWire's cost-effective solutions for promoting your company, please visit our services page.


2011 Official Hotel

Hampton Inn

Our promise to you includes a clean, comfortable hotel room. In fact, we have 111 of them! If you're traveling with your family, you may opt for a room with two beds. Or, if you're here by yourself on business, why not book a room with a plush, king-sized bed so you can stretch out and relax?

Wonderful 42" Plasma TV in Lobby, Award Winning hotel with Outstanding Customer Service, Beautiful Two-Room Whirlpool Suites, and Meeting Facilities Accommodating up to 50 Guests. For additional information, please visit www.hamptoninn.com


2011 Exclusive Online Tournament Provider

FraggedNation.com

Fraggednation.com is an online gaming ladder and tournament site which supports XBOX, PS3, Wii, and PC. They have a community feel and are completely devoted to ensure that the online gaming community has a place to play that is fair, fun, and unique. This is obvious by their motto: "A community of Gamers. For Gamers - By Gamers. At FraggedNation the leagues are all yours; we just do the paperwork."


2011 Event Partners

Harmonix

“Harmonix has a long legacy of producing not only popular, but also award-winning games centered around music. Most recently, the studio has completed work on Dance Central and Rock Band 3, leading innovations in the music gaming category. With this love and passion for music, fused with the same passion for gaming, Harmonix continues to live and grow in Cambridge, MA expanding the Rock Band franchise, developing new titles and searching for new and unique ways to bring the joy of music to the world.”

For additional information, please visit www.harmonixmusic.com


ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek is the premier retailer for the global geek community. A wholly‐owned subsidiary of Geeknet, Inc., ThinkGeek was founded in 1999 to serve the distinct needs and interests of technology professionals and enthusiasts. Today, ThinkGeek has grown to become the first choice for innovative and imaginative gifts that appeal to the geek in everyone. For more information, please visit thinkgeek.com or call 1-888-GEEKSTUFF.

Geeknet, Inc. is the online network for the global geek community. Our sites include SourceForge, Slashdot, ThinkGeek, Ohloh and freshmeat. We serve an audience of more than 40 million users* each month and provide the tech obsessed with content, culture, connections, commerce, and all the things that geeks crave. For additional information, please visit www.thinkgeek.com


Epic Games

Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, NC and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its “Unreal” series, including “Unreal Tournament 3” for PC, PLAYSTATION®3 and Xbox 360®. Epic’s “Gears of War” won over 30 Game of the Year awards, and the sales of "Gears of War" and “Gears of War 2” have eclipsed 11 million units.

Epic's Unreal Engine 3 is the three-time consecutive winner of Game Developer magazine’s Best Engine Front Line Award, was the 2008 Hall of Fame inductee and won Best Engine again in 2009. Unreal Engine 3 has also been recognized as the number one game engine by Develop magazine. Additional information about Epic can be obtained through the Epic Games Web site at www.epicgames.com.


Mochi Media

Mochi Media is the world's largest browser-based games network, with more than 140 million monthly active users and 15,000 games on nearly 40,000 publisher websites. Mochi Media's game development products and services enable developers to track usage analytics, distribute their games to thousands of websites, and monetize global gameplays via micro-transactions and in-game advertising. The company is headquartered in downtown San Francisco and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shanda Games Limited (NASDAQ: GAME).

For additional information, please visit www.mochimedia.com


Velocity Micro

Velocity Micro is the premier high-performance computer provider in North America. Based in Richmond, VA, Velocity Micro meets the specific needs of consumers and businesses with an extensive range of custom-designed, custom-built, award-winning gaming systems, enthusiast PCs, notebooks, professional workstations, servers, and small business solutions.


InnoGames


With more than 50 million users, InnoGames is one of the worldwide leading developers and publishers of online games. All of their online games are free to play without restrictions and time limits. Players have the option to purchase premium accounts that offer additional advantages in the games. Tribal Wars, The West and Grepolis are their most successful titles.

For additional information, please visit www.innogames.de/en


High Voltage

Based in the vibrant Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, High Voltage Software has been the leading independent game development studio in the Midwest for over 17 years. Looking forward, High Voltage Software is moving on to further success under our guiding principle: High Voltage is serious about fun!

For additional information, please visit www.high-voltage.com


2011 Media Partners

Computer Power User

Computer Power User Magazine is a monthly print publication aimed at people who know that technology rocks. The kind of person who gets his kicks upgrading graphics cards and smashing benchmarks. The type of person who reinstalls Windows at 2 a.m. on a Saturday because his system keeps crashing while he's ripping MP3s. Or the person who repartitions his drive to create a dual-boot system and installs Linux so he can learn more about how the OS works.

It's for people who enjoy wireless gadgets, fast Internet connections, and the latest next-gen computer games. People who like honest reviews, useful tips, and refreshing commentary from world-class computing experts. People who would rather check out the next exhibit at E3 in person than rely on the latest drivel from some PR flack.

To learn more about CPU and to subscribe, click here.


Geek Calendar

Our goal is to provide a community for people interested in attending geek related conventions. In order to deliver an amazing experience, we provide a definitive and easy to search list of comic book, anime, gaming, film, sci-fi, horror and collectible conventions. We want Geekcal.com to be your website of choice to find, discuss and share your event experiences.

We work daily combing the Internet and talking with our contacts to gather and keep our convention listings current. Between user contributed and staff entered events we believe we have the most up to date event lists across multiple geek genres. Not only that, we allow our users to post event reviews, pictures, video, create groups, post on our forum and share amazing amounts of information with like minded people.

Join the geek convention community at www.geekcal.com.


Events For Gamers

Events For Gamers is a website the entire community can visit to learn more about game industry events of their interest. Whether you are an event coordinator, game developer, media/press, or simply a fan excited to learn more about an upcoming event, Events For Gamers has all the key event information in one convenient place!

For additional information, please visit www.eventsforgamers.com


2old2play

2old2play.com is a community of gamers over the age of 25 who want an online experience away from the younger generation of screaming teens!

Their mission is to provide older gamers with a platform to meet up, form clans, and play online with peers of their own age groups.

For additional information, please visit www.2old2play.com





GameDev.net

GameDev.net is the leading online destination for game developers of all levels. Established in 1999, with origins tracing back to 1996, GameDev.net now reaches an audience of over 350,000 game developers from all over the world. We have been recommended in books, magazines, and even television as the best place on the Internet to learn about and keep up with the world of game development.

GameDev.net features over 1500 articles, hundreds of book and product reviews, industry event coverage, active community forums, daily industry news, job listings, and much, much more. Get all the latest info on the devopler community at www.gamedev.net.


 

2010 Platinum Sponsor and Exclusive Media Partner

Escapist Magazine

Founded in 2005, The Escapist is a leading video gaming destination offering video game enthusiasts high-quality, innovative and exclusive content with a considered approach to its audience. The mouthpiece of the gaming generation, The Escapist aims to capture and celebrate the contemporary video gaming lifestyle and the diverse global video game culture by way of in-depth features, thought provoking articles and relevant columns authored by leading video game authorities, as well as cutting-edge video shorts, engaging forums and robust social media elements that incorporate the video gaming experience. Honored with both a Webby Award and People's Voice Award in 2008, The Escapist is responsible for the web's most viewed video game review series, Zero Punctuation, in addition to introducing the first-of-its-kind Internet Film Festival for Gamers and the March Mayhem game developer competition. The Escapist is part of Themis Group, Inc.'s online media arm Themis Media, and currently generates over 25 million page views each month. For additional information, please visit www.escapistmagazine.com


Hospitality Room Sponsor and Official Internet Provider

Time Warner Cable Inc.

Time Warner Cable Inc. is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S. and an industry leader in developing and launching innovative video, data and voice services. They deliver services to customers over technologically-advanced, well-clustered cable systems that pass approximately 26 million homes.

Time Warner Cable was the first or among the first cable operators to offer high speed data service, IP-based telephony service and a range of advanced digital video services, such as VOD, high definition television and set-top boxes equipped with DVRs.


Seminar Room and Volunteer T-Shirt Sponsor

Applied Software

Headquartered in Atlanta with a sales, service and training center in Charlotte, North Carolina, Applied Software is the largest Autodesk reseller in the region and the authorized Autodesk Education Reseller for North Carolina and Georgia. The company provides consulting, implementation, customization and training services, as well as mentoring and project management to architects, engineers and facility managers in the commercial, government and educational sectors of the A/E/C industry. A leader in the emerging field of Building Information Modeling (BIM), Applied Software is recognized as an Autodesk Premier Solutions Provider in the Building Solutions and one of only three Autodesk Premier Solutions Providers in the Education Solutions Division. Applied Software is an Authorized Autodesk Training Center employing a team of architects, engineers and designers with real-world experience to assist and educate its customers in the use of Autodesk solutions. This year, Applied Software’s trainers were awarded Top Instructor in the Americas and top Revit Instructional Team in North America. More information about Applied Software is located at www.asti.com. 


Official Wire Service

GameBizWire

GamesBizWire, a wholly owned subsidiary of ClearImage, was created to help interactive entertainment companies publicize news about their products and services to publications across North America and Europe.

Similar to Business Wire and PR Newswire, GamesBizWire is a cost-effective way for game companies to send their updates (news releases, trailers, screenshots, demos, etc.) directly to hundreds of gaming and entertainment publications and online sites. GamesBizWire guarantees exposure to industry editors, analysts, writers, editorial directors and freelancers. We help independent developers, publishers, tool providers and professional service providers in the video game industry gain additional exposure for their messages.

To learn more about GamesBizWire's cost-effective solutions for promoting your company, please visit our services page.


Auditorium Sponsor

Best Buy

With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, China and Mexico, Best Buy is a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services with a commitment to growth and innovation. The Best Buy family of brands and partnerships collectively generates more than $45 billion in annual revenue and includes brands such as Best Buy, Audiovisions, The Carphone Warehouse, Future Shop, Geek Squad, Jiangsu Five Star,Magnolia Audio Video, Napster, Pacific Sales, The Phone House, and Speakeasy. Approximately 155,000 employees apply their talents to help bring the benefits of these brands to life for customers through retail locations, multiple call centers and Web sites, in-home solutions, product delivery and activities in its communities. Community partnership is central to the way business is done at Best Buy. In fiscal 2009, Best Buy donated a combined $33.4 million to improve the vitality of the communities where its employees and customers live and work. For more information about Best Buy, visit www.bestbuy.com.


Staff T-Shirt Sponsor

Havok

Havok™, an Intel® company, was founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1998, and is the premier provider of interactive software and services for digital media creators in the games and movie industries. Havok works in partnership with the world’s best-known game developers, including Microsoft®, Nintendo® and Sony®. Havok’s cross-platform, professionally supported technology is available for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PSP®, Wii™, and PC Games for Windows®. Havok’s combination of superior technology and dedication to delivering for its customers has led to the company’s technologies being used in nearly 250 of the world’s best-known game titles, including Assassin’s Creed®, Bioshock and Halo® 3. Havok products have also been used to drive special effects in movies such as Quantum of Solace, Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix™, and The Matrix. Havok has offices in Dublin, San Francisco, San Antonio, Calcutta, Munich, and Tokyo. For more information on Havok, visit www.havok.com.


Official Energy Drink Sponsor

Monster

At Monster we are all about the things you care about. What kid dreams about landing a 9 to 5 job? We all dreamed about being pro athletes, musicians and living the life. We know it takes encouragement and support to make that dream a reality, so we created the Monster Army to back the next generation pros, the future Ricky Carmichael, Jeremy McGrath, Dave Mirra, Danny Kass and Rob Dyrdek’s.In short, at Monster all our guys walk the walk in action sports, punk rock music, partying, hangin’ with the girls, and living life on the edge. Monster is way more than an energy drink. Led by our athletes, musicians, employees, distributors and fans, Monster is...A lifestyle in a can.For more information on Monster, visit www.Monsterenergy.com.


Official Video Card Sponsor

PNY Technologies

Established in 1985, PNY Technologies®, Inc. celebrates 25 years of excellence as a global leader in flash memory cards, USB flash drives, solid state drives, computer memory upgrade modules, as well as consumer and professional graphics cards. Originally a company that bought and sold memory chips, PNY has since evolved and expanded into a memory and graphics technology company and a leading designer, manufacturer, and supplier of computer peripherals, with products assembled in the USA. PNY GeForce® graphics cards provide improved graphics performance and capabilities over standard PC graphics, resulting in sharper, crisper images & photos, for an ultra-realistic gaming and visualization experience with more fluid frame transitions and a premium Windows® 7 experience. PNY’s Photography-Videography, Mobility, 3D Gaming-Visualization and Business solutions are widely available from major retail, e-tail and wholesale outlets internationally. Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, PNY maintains facilities in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information on PNY, visit www.PNY.com.


Official Lanyard Insert Sponsor

Gathering of Gamers

The Gathering of Gamers (GoG) was an idea that was conceived while playing video games! This unique and growing Worldwide Video Game Community is a place where people of all ages, locations, and levels of interest in video games, come to share photos, videos, stories, strategies, cheats, and anything else you want, with other friendly gamers around the world! Whether it’s connecting with current friends, making new ones, or checking out video game event highlights…GatheringofGamers.com is a place where you can build and display all the aspects of gaming that you enjoy for FREE. The possibilities and power of this unique Video Game Community are endless and we truly hope you can you can embrace and enjoy the tools (and toys) we have built for you. Sign up today and you’ll soon be enjoying a fully customizable gamer profile that allows you to upload your own photos and videos, share your video game reviews and stories, access gaming resources from around the globe, get information on local and online video game tournaments, trade video games, listen to our community driven podcast, and share your gaming world with ours!For more information on Gathering of Gamers, visit www.Gatheringofgamers.com.


Attendee Bag Sponsor

Chick-Fil-A

Back in 1946, an enterprising young Georgia restaurateur named Truett Cathy started serving food in a tiny restaurant called the Dwarf Grill in Hapeville, Georgia, south of downtown Atlanta. In 1963, he conceived what he determined was a simple idea: make and market a mouth-watering chicken sandwich. And, oh, how that little idea has taken off.

Truett opened his first Chick-fil-A Restaurant in 1967 at Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta. That’s where he served his perfected Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich, intentionally creating it from the finest quality ingredients, including whole breast of chicken and lower-fat peanut oil. From its modest beginnings in the tiny south Atlanta eatery more than 60 years ago, Chick-fil-A® has grown into a beloved American icon, now serving a variety of fresh, tasty meals and menu items still made from delicious quality ingredients.

For 40 years, our company has benefited from annual revenue growth, typically in double digits. According to both Chick-fil-A® insiders and business experts who have watched Chick-fil-A grow, the company has tapped into “loyalty effect economics,” making exceptionally loyal followers of customers, corporate employees and franchised Operators in a way that other companies envy.

Chick-Fil-A has steadily grown to become the second largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States. with more than 1,430 locations in 38 states and Washington D.C. Chick-Fil-A is still privately held and family owned. For additional information, please visit www.chick-fil-a.com


Official Headset

VIBRAS

Track Scan is a leading provider of audio technology for sports and electronic gaming. Track Scans new line of gaming and personal audio products-VIBRAS- includes the VIBRAS Five.One Surround Sound Headset System the only headset to earn Microsoft's authorization as "Licensed for Xbox 360". The VIBRAS Five.One headset features 10 speakers (five in each ear), enabling the player to feel inside the game. There is also a USB version available for PC gaming, movies,music and VOIP. Track Scan was founded in 1993 & is privately owned and based in Mooresville, NC with offices in Taiwan and China. For additional information, please visit www.track-scan.com/2/vibras.html


Official Transit and Storage Case

Cases2Go

After more than a quarter-century, Cases2Go has evolved from modest beginnings to become a thriving, full-spectrum, full-service reusable container company. We now offer our customers a complete assortment of luggage, transit cases, stationary enclosures and rackmount solutions. Change is driven by our customers, and Cases2Go is driven by the challenge of identifying and implementing solutions and as Cases2Go continues to grow, one constant will always remain: our commitment to enhanced service and quality products. We are more than a company; we are people with imaginative vision and passion for our products, our industry and above all, our customers. For additional information, please visit www.cases2go.com


Official Hotel

Hampton Inn

Our promise to you includes a clean, comfortable hotel room. In fact, we have 111 of them! If you're traveling with your family, you may opt for a room with two beds. Or, if you're here by yourself on business, why not book a room with a plush, king-sized bed so you can stretch out and relax?

Wonderful 42" Plasma TV in Lobby, Award Winning hotel with Outstanding Customer Service, Beautiful Two-Room Whirlpool Suites, and Meeting Facilities Accommodating up to 50 Guests. For additional information, please visit www.hamptoninn.com


Official Cleaning Product

Dust Off

Manufactured by Falcon Safety Products Inc., a world leader in compressed-gas technology, Dust-Off offers the most comprehensive line of dust removing and preventive maintenance products for consumer electronics and home or office equipment. Dust-Off compressed-gas dusters are one of the most versatile cleaning accessories available to consumers today and have long been a staple for the care and maintenance of computers and other electronic equipment. For additional information, please visit www.falconsafety.com/dustOff/


Event Partners

ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek is the premier retailer for the global geek community. A wholly‐owned subsidiary of Geeknet, Inc., ThinkGeek was founded in 1999 to serve the distinct needs and interests of technology professionals and enthusiasts. Today, ThinkGeek has grown to become the first choice for innovative and imaginative gifts that appeal to the geek in everyone. For more information, please visit thinkgeek.com or call 1-888-GEEKSTUFF.

Geeknet, Inc. is the online network for the global geek community. Our sites include SourceForge, Slashdot, ThinkGeek, Ohloh and freshmeat. We serve an audience of more than 40 million users* each month and provide the tech obsessed with content, culture, connections, commerce, and all the things that geeks crave. For additional information, please visit www.thinkgeek.com


Game Pax

Game Pax creates backpack to protect, organize, and transport consoles like Xbox 360 or PS3 Slim, four controllers, power and cable components, several games, and personal items. The bag was designed with functionality being the utmost priority.

There was a void in the market for a bag as funstional and well designed, thus the Game Pax label was born. Game Pax offers a service called "Tag Your Bag" which puts the gamer tag on each item, making it unique to the individual. Get your very own here today!


Nyko

Founded in 1995, Nyko is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Nyko Technologies® develops, manufactures and markets innovative peripherals to enhance the digital lifestyle. The company's mission is to deliver products that solve problems and improve user experience for work and play. Nyko specializes in interactive entertainment, computing, consumer electronics, portable audio, as well as online and wireless technologies.

The company has distribution through major U.S. and Canadian retailers, along with distributors worldwide. Head to the Offical Nyko Homepage to see their latest and greatest products!


Aksys Games

Headquartered in Torrance, California, Aksys Games was founded by Akibo Shieh and a small group of talented videogame professionals as a localization company specializing in Japanese‐to‐English translation of games and anime. Some of the company’s clientele included well‐known game publishers Namco Bandai, XSEED, and Atlus USA. On July 14, 2006, Aksys Games became a full‐fledged videogame publisher with the announcement of Eagle Eye Golf for the PlayStation®2, and is now committed to publishing unique, high‐quality interactive entertainment on all current and future platforms for Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony.

Though Aksys Games has seen success with titles such as Hooked: Real Motion Fishing, Princess on Ice, and Family Table Tennis, the company is best known for its library of fighting games, including Guilty Gear and Battle Fantasia. The company's latest entry, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, is its best‐selling title to date, earning numerous awards from gaming journalists and becoming GameStop’s best‐selling title the month of its release. Keep up with the latest from Aksys Games!


Epic Games

Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, NC and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its “Unreal” series, including “Unreal Tournament 3” for PC, PLAYSTATION®3 and Xbox 360®. Epic’s “Gears of War” won over 30 Game of the Year awards, and the sales of "Gears of War" and “Gears of War 2” have eclipsed 11 million units.

Epic's Unreal Engine 3 is the three-time consecutive winner of Game Developer magazine’s Best Engine Front Line Award, was the 2008 Hall of Fame inductee and won Best Engine again in 2009. Unreal Engine 3 has also been recognized as the number one game engine by Develop magazine. Additional information about Epic can be obtained through the Epic Games Web site at www.epicgames.com.


Team 17

Team17 are an independent, BAFTA nominated developer-publisher and were formed in 1990. Based in Yorkshire, UK, Team17 have a highly talented studio of 80+ professional developers responsible for a wide range of successful titles over a diverse range of platforms.

Team17 are now self-publishing on all digital console & PC platforms. Key properties include WORMS™ and ALIEN BREED™ as well as exciting new intellectual properties in development. Become a Fan of Team 17 on Facebook! Visit their official page here.


Computer Power User

 

Computer Power User Magazine is a monthly print publication aimed at people who know that technology rocks. The kind of person who gets his kicks upgrading graphics cards and smashing benchmarks. The type of person who reinstalls Windows at 2 a.m. on a Saturday because his system keeps crashing while he's ripping MP3s. Or the person who repartitions his drive to create a dual-boot system and installs Linux so he can learn more about how the OS works.

It's for people who enjoy wireless gadgets, fast Internet connections, and the latest next-gen computer games. People who like honest reviews, useful tips, and refreshing commentary from world-class computing experts. People who would rather check out the next exhibit at E3 in person than rely on the latest drivel from some PR flack.

To learn more about CPU and to subscribe, click here.


GameDev.net

GameDev.net is the leading online destination for game developers of all levels. Established in 1999, with origins tracing back to 1996, GameDev.net now reaches an audience of over 350,000 game developers from all over the world. We have been recommended in books, magazines, and even television as the best place on the Internet to learn about and keep up with the world of game development.

GameDev.net features over 1500 articles, hundreds of book and product reviews, industry event coverage, active community forums, daily industry news, job listings, and much, much more. Get all the latest info on the devopler community at www.gamedev.net.


CRI Middleware, Inc.

 

CRI's mission is to develop, sell ,and support high-quality middleware for the entertainment industry.

CRI Middleware Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of CRI Middleware Co., Ltd. CRI Middleware Co., Ltd. is the number one Japanese game middleware company, providing industry-leading middleware tools and technologies to game developers and publishers. CRI Middleware, Inc., is located in San Francisco, California; CRI Middleware Co., Ltd., is based in Tokyo, Japan.


Valve

 

Valve is an entertainment software and technology company founded in 1996 and based in Bellevue, Washington. The company’s debut title, Half-Life®, has won over 50 Game of the Year Awards and was named "Best PC Game Ever" in the November 1999, October 2001, and April 2005 issues of PC Gamer, the world's best-selling PC games magazine.

Valve's portfolio of entertainment titles also includes Half-Life® 2, Counter-Strike®, Day of Defeat®, Team Fortress®, and Portal™. This portfolio of titles accounts for over 20 million retail units sold worldwide, and Valve games account for over 80% of the PC online action market.

In addition to producing best selling entertainment titles, Valve is a developer of leading-edge technologies including the Source® game engine and Steam®, a leading platform for digital content with over 10 million registered users.

Today, Valve is composed of just over 160 of the industry's best artists, programmers, and writers. In the company's 12-year history, it has risen from "unlikely new entry" to industry leader, producing a string of best selling and critically acclaimed PC products and technologies.


J!NX

J!NX is a lifestyle clothing brand that is heavily influenced by video games and geek culture.

J!NX has been doing this clothing thing since 1999. What started in a 10' x 10' bedroom has now grown to a veritable force to be reckoned with (so don't even think about reckoning). They are expecting an invite to begin attending the United Nations meetings, but so far, they haven't heard anything yet. Check out their latest designs at J!NX.


LavaMind

LavaMind is a leading developer of games & entertainment. Our strategy & business simulation games have been downloaded millions of times and are being used in schools around the world.

LavaMind's newest and most creative game yet, Gazillionaire is the award-winning simulation game. Explore new worlds, build your business, and make a fortune. Gazillionaire is full of memorable characters and exotic places to visit. You'll run your own company, manage a feisty crew, and, if you're clever enough, make billions of kubars! Find all their whole collection of games here.


GamerTees

GamerTees is an up and coming clothing brand that caters to the gaming community.

The company was founded by a true gamer who really couldn't find any relevant gaming t-shirts to wear. GamerTees, designed by avid gamers, captures the PC / console gaming lifestyle onto heavyweight, quality t-shirts. They can be worn while playing in the virtual world as well as living in the real one. Keep checking their offical website because there are many more designs ready for release!


2009 Sponsors
2009 Sponsors BFG Tech FSP Group Chick-fil-A Cobalt Flux Coca-Cola CPU Magazine Hampton Inn Time Warner Cable U.S. Cellular digitalrecruiter.com vitaminwater

2008 Sponsors
2008 Sponsors Cobalt Flux Hampton Inn BFG Technologies Intel FSP Group Bawls Energy Drink The Escapist Computer Power User Magazine Time Warner Cable Icarus Studios Ameriprise Financial Underground Gaming Series

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