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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Coming in February, the seventh annual Carolina Games Summit will take place at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro. One of the premiere gathering spots for the North Carolina video game community, the Carolina Games Summit draws over 1,200 people each year.

Taking place on Feb. 4 from 10AM-8PM, the event will feature industry speakers, video game tournaments, concerts, exhibition booths, “cos”-play(costume contests), educational sessions and even trading card games. Arcade, computer and console tournaments also will take place while providing a free-play option for the less competitive.

Set with the goal of “informing the public that simulation and game design is a viable career choice for today’s youth,” the Carolina Games Summit organizers earlier this year put on a program that featured 15 speakers and nine “sessions.” They are seeking speakers for the new year.

Sessions are typically 45 minutes in length, while the speakers receive entry, a catered hospitality room and a free booth for their company. Speakers are responsible for their own travel expenses and can fill out a web form here.

Previous speakers have included members of Red Storm Entertainment, EA Games, Epic Games and IBM.

Proposals should include a short description of the topic, a brief outline of key points, while new presenters should also send biographical information.

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