Jun 22, 2011
The inaugural GameTech Conference was held in Sydney on 21 and 22 June 2011 and was supported by both the iGEA and the GDAA. The Gametech conference brought together a diverse group of businesses that make up the interactive entertainment industry for a 2 day conference which focused on content, distribution, technology, regulation, and the market outlook.
Game-Tech was officially opened by the Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, Brendan O’connor. The Minister discussed the National Classification Scheme Review, the introduction of an R18+ classification for computer games and growth of the computer game industry in his speech to the Gametech Conference. To see a transcript of the speech, click here
Ron Curry, CEO of the iGEA was Chairman for Day One and challenged us to redefine the term ‘gamer’ as they are no longer a minority group. Mark Serrells of Kotaku wrote an interesting piece on his thoughts of being labelled a gamer as well.
Overall, it was a really interesting couple of days and it showed just how much the video games industry has come of age and become the pinnacle of consumer entertainment.