061220 Nordic Game at GC Lyon 06The 5-8 December was a busy time for the 15 Nordic developers who participated in GC Lyon as a part of the Nordic Game delegation. From early morning until late afternoon, the Nordic developers’ calendars were fully booked with meetings with interested buyers from all around the globe. And as if that wasn’t enough, two of the evenings and nights were used for networking, a little party-going and the chance to see beautiful Lyon by night as well.
On 4 December, the day before the doors were opened for GC Lyon, the Serious Games Summit was held. Lead by serious games guru Ben Sawyer, a roster of experts from the industry discussed how serious games can play an even more significant part of the business, and which strategies should be used to make the phenomenon grow.
Early next morning it was time for the start of GC. Exhibiting developers were ready in their meeting rooms from 9.00 AM, and Lyon’s conference center Les Palais de Congres wasn’t empty until late in the evening. From there, attending buyers, Nordic exhibitors and their guests gathered for a special Nordic Game cocktail mingle on a charming boat on the banks of the river Rhöne. The next day the Lyon conference center was again buzzing with activity from dusk ‘til dawn. Some delegates decided to end this day a little earlier though, as the night was reserved for the big official party of GC Lyon. Held at the Lyon City Hall, the arrangers from Lyon Game converted the magnificent halls of Hotel de Ville to a 16th. century gala, complete with waiters and and entertainers in period dress, as well as lots of wonderful Lyonnais food and wine. A very nice and festive ending to a well arranged event!
The Nordic developers who participated in Nordic Game at GC Lyon 2006 were:
Anyfun Games, Bugbear, Nitro, Farmind, Frozenbyte, Housemarque, Lapland Studio, Resolution Interactive, Universomo (all Finland), Coldwood, Mobilico, Peligroso and RedLynx (Sweden), Skalden Studio of Norway and Guppyworks from Danmark.
Read more about the event at the organiser's website: www.game-connection.com
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