News Release - July 26, 2011

For Immediate Release:

Kongregate’s Jim Greer To Keynote 2011 GamePlan Summit

To Address How Kongregate Creates a Community and Connects Gamers Online

ENCINO, CA (July 26, 2011) … Jim Greer, Co-Founder and CEO of the online game destination Kongregate, will keynote the 2011 GamePlan Summit, the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) announced today. The Summit will be held September 13-15, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, IL. 

The topic of Greer’s address is “Achieving Community: Connecting Gamers Online.” He will discuss who are the Kongregate community, how Kongregate brings games to life, the future of online gaming, and how it fits in the overall menu of game consumption. He will conclude with “lessons learned.”

“Jim Greer is a visionary in online video gaming and has created one of the most-successful and compelling gaming experiences,” said EMA President & CEO Bo Andersen. “We are looking forward to his discussion of how the video game business will change in the coming years and how retailers can be part of that change.”

GamePlan Summit is the premiere industry-only video game conference designed to provide strategically focused retailer-supplier meetings and effective networking opportunities under one roof. An Executive Forum focusing on the future of the industry has been added to 2011 schedule to enhance the value of the GamePlan Summit. In addition, a special charity event to support the EMA Scholarship Foundation will also be presented. For more information, please visit www.GamePlanSummit.com

As CEO of Kongregate, Greer is responsible for the company's strategic direction. He is the driving force behind its vision of community around games. Jim, a self-described “gaming addict” and a spokesperson for developers and publishers, is a regular contributor to Kongregate’s codebase, and developed many of the site’s customer support and fraud screening tools. Before co-founding Kongregate, Jim was technical director for Pogo at Electronic Arts and led the web and game engineering teams. Jim was also a software engineer at shockwave, and co-founder and product director at game development studio Titanic Entertainment. He has worked in the game industry since 1991, when he went from summer intern to leading the game world design team on Ultima VII: The Black Gate.


About EMA

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) is the not-for-profit international trade association dedicated to advancing the interests of the $35 billion home entertainment industry. EMA-member companies operate approximately 35,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and 45,000 around the world that sell and/or rent DVDs, computer and console video games, and digitally distributed versions of these products. Membership comprises the full spectrum of retailers (from single-store specialists to multi-line mass merchants, and both brick and mortar and online stores), distributors, the home video divisions of major and independent motion picture studios, video game publishers, and other related businesses that constitute and support the home entertainment industry. EMA was established in April 2006 through the merger of the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) and the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA).


About Kongregate

Kongregate is a leading browser-based game site with over 13 million monthly unique visitors who spend more than 23 million hours playing per month. As part of the GameStop Corporation network, the site features a unique community and social platform including achievements, profiles, chat, messaging, forums, and levels, which unifies more than 40,000 games into a cohesive and addicting experience. Kongregate shares revenue from advertising and virtual goods directly with over 8,500 developers who have uploaded games to the site. Advertisers include brands like Electronic Arts, Sony Pictures, Sprint, Frito Lay, Axe, Xbox 360, Nokia, and Toyota. While all games on Kongregate are free, the site also features a virtual currency called kreds, which can be used to unlock additional features in some games. Based in San Francisco, CA, the company was founded in 2007 by brother-and-sister team Jim Greer, a game industry veteran, and Emily Greer, an interactive marketing executive. 

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For more information, please contact:

Grace Lee

EMA

818-385-1500 Ext. 244 or glee@entmerch.org

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