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Nintendo Backs Edinburgh Interactive Festival

Posted by Damien McFerran

2009 event shaping up to be one of the highlights of the year

Nintendo has confirmed that it will be the supporting this year’s Edinburgh Interactive Festival, which takes place in the UK (Scotland, to be exact) in August.

The event is part of the Edinburgh Festival, which is the biggest gathering of its kind in the world.

Here’s the press release for you to digest with your hungry, hungry eyes:

The Edinburgh Interactive Festival today confirmed that Nintendo has become a partner of this year’s event. Taking place in the heart of Edinburgh between 10th and 16th August 2009, with the Conference running on 13th and 14th, Edinburgh Interactive combines industry and public facing events, including conference, screenings, free game play and Protoplay, the University of Abertay’s showcase of new games design talent.

Edinburgh Interactive Festival, which is a part of The Edinburgh Festival – the biggest cultural festival in the world, offers delegates, speakers and press a unique opportunity to network and share opinions in relaxed and atmospheric surroundings. Members of the public looking to check out the latest innovations and ideas in gaming can enjoy the free play area and grab a look inside the games industry and at some of the hottest new titles around at Edinburgh’s screenings programme, which runs during the festival.

Nintendo wowed the crowds last year with its hugely popular, family-friendly Nintendo’s Cooking Guide™: Can’t decide what to eat?

David Yarnton, General Manager Nintendo UK, said: “We are very pleased to be a part of the Edinburgh Interactive Festival once again this year. The festival is unique in that it brings together all the different aspects and facets of our business under one roof and provides the perfect opportunity for us all to celebrate our industry's rich creative diversity. Edinburgh is an important platform for interactive entertainment and showcasing software to the public alongside TV, film, literature and comedy highlights the cultural worth and credibility of our industry to the UK and the world."

With publishers and developers competing with each other for most of the year, Edinburgh Interactive Festival offers a chance to relax and share their views for the interactive and entertainment industry.

Edinburgh Interactive Festival Chairman Chris Deering added: “We are delighted to be partnering with Nintendo again. It’s a free festival for the public and a great chance for everyone to come and take a look at some genuinely exciting developments within the industry. Nintendo’s involvement as a partner will certainly add another dimension to the experience for anyone attending.”

Now in its seventh year, the Edinburgh Interactive Festival is set to bring the latest developments that the video games industry has to offer. Year on year, the Edinburgh Interactive Festive Festival is becoming more and more synchronised with the world famous Edinburgh Festival. With such rapidly growing popularity, EIF‘s appeal has broadened considerably; it is now a massive draw for press and professionals from film, TV and interactive media backgrounds.

[via edinburghinteractivefestival.com]

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User Comments (5)

Kirigirisu

#2

Kirigirisu said:

I went a few years ago, it was pretty interesting, the previewed The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on gamecube if I remember correctly.

Sean_Aaron

#3

Sean_Aaron said:

Hmmmm, we skipped the festival last year, but for some reason I feel like making more of an effort this year!

Kirigirisu

#4

Kirigirisu said:

I think I'll most defiantly be making an effort to go, especially if Nintendo are backing it.

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