GamePro Video Series Puts Spotlight on Aspiring Bay Area Game Developers

SAN FRANCISCO – JUNE 5, 2007 – IDG Entertainment (IDGE), a leading interactive entertainment-information provider, announced today GamePro.com is conducting open auditions to find the next undiscovered game programmer or designer for its newest dramatic video series called America's Next Top Modder.

Scheduled to air on the IDG Entertainment Online Network in August, the series will chronicle the challenges faced by 14 aspiring game programmers and designers as they compete for thousands of dollars in prizes, a profile in GamePro magazine and the inside track for a shot at a development job at a major Bay Area game design studio.

"The Bay Area is home to some of the most creative development talent in the country," said George Jones, editorial director for IDG Entertainment. "Our goal is to draw attention to these hidden gems and give them a chance to shine on the national stage, and who knows, perhaps they will go on to create games that take the electronic entertainment industry to a new level of innovation."

Working in partnership with The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, a leader in career-oriented education in the fields of design, media arts, and fashion, open auditions will be from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at The Art Institute, located at 1170 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Filming of the series will be conducted June 18-23 at various locations around San Francisco. For complete details please go to http://www.gamepro.com/topmodder/ .

About IDG Entertainment:

For over 18 years, IDG Entertainment (IDGE) has led the industry by providing a portfolio of highly read multiplatform gaming magazines and websites. Print products include GamePro magazine, Code Vault magazine, and the IDG Entertainment Industry White Paper e-newsletter. The IDG Entertainment Online Network, with nearly 9 million unique visitors per month (comScore WW, 04/07), includes Games.net, GamePro.com, GameProFamily.com, GamerHelp.com, GameDownloads.com, BlogFaction.com, Modojo.com, GameRevolution.com and MegaGames.com. The portfolio provides synergy between print and digital properties, reaching over 12.7 million consumers monthly.

About The Art Institute of California — San Francisco:

The Art Institute of California — San Francisco is one of The Art Institutes ( www.artinstitutes.edu/sanfrancisco ), a system of 35 locations throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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