SOURCE: 3rd Power LLC

3rd Power LLC

June 18, 2009 09:00 ET

Social Gaming Summit Takes Over San Francisco

Social Networking and Gaming Industries Collide at Second Annual Summit

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2009) - The Social Gaming Summit (, an event showcasing new social gaming technologies and innovations, will hold a one-day conference highlighting the social gaming landscape, game design, emerging business models, and venture capital investment opportunities. The conference is June 23, 2009 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco.

Featured discussions will cover topics including:

--  An overview of the social gaming industry, including key metrics
--  Building social games at scale
--  Monetization infrastructure for social games
--  Customer acquisition and retention for social games developers
--  Building social games outside of social networks

"Based on popular demand we're happy to be producing the second annual Social Gaming Summit in San Francisco," said Charles Edward Hudson, co-founder of the Social Gaming Summit. "Social gaming has turned into a fast-growing, profitable industry and is now one of the dominant activities happening on social networks around the world. This is not only telling about where technology is heading, but also where highly-engaged, mass consumer audiences of all ages will be spending their time for years to come."

"Games have been the killer app on social networks and the iPhone," said Jeremy Liew, Managing Director of Lightspeed Venture Partners. "Leading companies have already reached revenue run rates of over $100 million in just two to three years. As an investor, one doesn't see this sort of disruption and value creation very often. The Social Gaming Summit will bring together the leaders and the innovators in this young, fast-growing industry."

A number of distinguished social gaming gurus are confirmed to participate in various Social Gaming Summit panels including: Jeremy Liew of Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sebastien de Halleux of Playfish, Mark Pincus of Zynga, Michael Arrington of TechCrunch, Jason Oberfest of MySpace, Dan Yue of Playdom, Justin Smith of Inside Social Games, Gareth Davis of Facebook, Erikka Arone of Zong, Andrew Sheppard of hi5, Adam Caplan of Super Rewards, Rob Goldberg of GMG Entertainment, Jia Shen of RockYou, Anu Shukla of Offerpal Media, Renata Dionello of PayPal, Greg Tseng of Tagged, James Currier of WonderHill, David King of (Lil') Green Patch, Joe Chen of Xiaonei (Oak Pacific Interactive), Daniel James of Three Rings, Jim Greer of Kongregate, Siqi Chen of Serious Business and Matt Mihaly of Sparkplay Media.

According to the NPD Group, a provider of consumer and retail market research information, of the 72% of Americans that play video games, 42% play online. Data analysis firm Flowing Data reports that from 2007 to 2008, "just for fun" applications have dominated Facebook with 9,609 applications developed, followed by "sports" and "gaming" with over 2,000 each.

VC Sponsor

Lightspeed Venture Partners
Lightspeed Venture Partners is a leading global venture capital firm with
over $2 billion of committed capital under management.

Platinum Sponsors

Offerpal Media
Offerpal Media is the first "Managed Offer Platform" for social networks
and applications, online games, virtual worlds and mobile developers.

Super Rewards
Super Rewards is the leading virtual currency monetization platform for
websites, games and social network applications.

Zynga is the #1 social gaming company on the web.

Additional Sponsors

daopay provides secure online payments that are charged to the buyer's
phone bill

GlobalCollect is the world's premier provider of local e-payment solutions
for international Customer Not-Present (CNP) businesses.

Social Gold
Social Gold is a virtual economy platform operated by Jambool, Inc. that
enables in-app payments, management of virtual currencies, and virtual
goods merchandising.

Based in Natick, MA and founded in 2005, Vivox is the leading provider of
community-building voice services for online games and virtual worlds.

Media Sponsors

Inside Social Games
Inside Social Games is the first blog dedicated to tracking the convergence
of games and social platforms.

The GigaOm Network of sites provides one of the leading daily online news
reads for the key influencers in the emerging technology market place.

TechCrunch is a leading technology media empire dedicated to obsessively
profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies.

VentureBeat provides news and analysis of technology innovation and the
venture capital that fuels it.

About the Social Gaming Summit

The Social Gaming Summit 2009 is brought to you by 3rd Power LLC, the team behind the Social Gaming Summit 2008, Virtual Goods Summit 2008, the iGames (iPhone Gaming) Summit, and the Virtual Goods Summit 2009. It's our goal to continue putting on great events that bring Internet and social media professionals together to exchange ideas and make new connections.

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