GamesBeat 2009 is our inaugural conference for the gaming industry, and it’s about to sell out. It takes place tomorrow, March 24, at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, CA.

The excitement around GamesBeat is a great example of how the industry is continuing to generate enthusiasm and capture the imagination of professionals in the business of gaming.

To register for the last few remaining tickets, please go to our registration website.

So that everyone in our extended VentureBeat community can benefit from the conference, we are providing some important links to let you connect to the action and the players. You will be able to follow the conference live and interact with the attendees through a variety of social media and tools on the GamesBeat website, including:

The Highwinds live video stream ― you can see the session topics and speakers on our agenda.

Follow and contribute commentary on Twitter with the hashtag #gamesbeat2009

Check out the GamesBeat blog.

Engage in the audience back-channel by joining our FriendFeed Room. If you are not already a member of FriendFeed, you will need to first create an account at:

Connect to the GamesBeat community on our Facebook event page.

Ooyala will be hosting session content and interviews with participants immediately following the conference. Check back on the GamesBeat website.

Live voting for the “Who’s Got Game” People’s Choice Winner: Tune into the live video stream for the last session of the day where you will be able to cast your vote for the startup you most believe “has got game.” Go to the GamesBeat homepage and click on the Mozes link to access the live voting; you’ll watch the startup presentations, see the judges critique them and then choose the company you feel will have the most impact on the gaming industry. Awards will be announced at the end of the session.

Be sure to preview our write-up of the seven finalists and the list of judges here.

An extra affair: After GamesBeat 2009, The Casual Games Association is hosting a party ― Minna Mingle ― and all GamesBeat attendees are welcome! It will take place from 9pm – midnight, at JILLIANS, 101 4th Street, San Francisco.

One final note: None of this would be possible without the help of our incredibly supportive sponsors. We encourage you to visit them on their websites:

Premium Sponsor:

Event Sponsors:
Sony Online Entertainment (SOE); Nokia N-GageMayfield FundOutsparkNvidiaAdMob; and Playfish.

Publicity Sponsor:
Best Public Relations

Event Supporters:
International Digital Entertainment AgencyElizabeth Olson, Strategic Marketing & PR; Ooyala; HighwindsMozesAstro Gaming; and MHS Capital.

Media Sponsors:
IGNDFC IntelligenceCasual Games AssociationEntertainment Consumers AssociationLOGIN ConferenceCrispy GamerMary-Margaret NetworkDestructoidMCVCasualGaming.bizDevelop Magazine and World Gaming Executives.

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