Think Services Names Simon Carless Global Brand Director for the Game Group

Carless Takes On Broader Management Role, Leading Group Responsible for Game Developers Conference Events,, Game Developer Magazine, the Independent Games Festival

Dec 11, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Game development and industry veteran Simon Carless has been promoted to take leadership of Think Services Game Group, a division of London-headquartered United Business Media, as Global Brand Director.

In his new role, Carless will be responsible for the strategy and vision for the group's portfolio of products, which currently includes the industry-leading Game Developers Conferences® (GDC, GDC Europe, GDC Austin, GDC China and GDC Canada), as well as renowned game website, the Gamasutra Network of websites, and Game Developer magazine.

"I am very happy to take on a broader role in Think Services Game Group," Carless commented. "We're really proud of the value we bring to game creators through our conferences, websites, magazine, awards programs and competitions. I'm looking forward to leading the Game Group in providing new services and opportunities for game makers to maximize their potential in this rapidly changing industry."

Carless has been with Think Services for over five years, and has worked in editing and publishing roles across, its network of game-related websites, and Game Developer magazine, as well as running the popular Independent Games Festival event. He formerly worked as a game designer at UK and U.S. studios, including Kuju Entertainment and Infogrames/Atari, and as founding editor of Slashdot's video game section.

"I am honored to pass the torch to Simon, as someone who is wholly committed to serving the game development community and leading a team of talented, passionate individuals," commented Kathy Astromoff, Executive Vice President for Think Services. A game industry veteran, Astromoff has moved on to a broader management role within the multiple communities that make up Think Services, and will continue to collaborate with Carless on a strategic level.

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About the Think Services Game Group

A core provider of essential information to the professional game industry, the Think Services Game Group offers market-defining content, and drives community through its award winning lineup of print, online, event and research products and services. These include Game Developer Magazine, Game Developer Research, the Webby Award-winning,, and other Gamasutra Network websites, the Game Developers Conference®, the Game Developers Conference® Austin, the Game Developers Conference® Europe, the Game Developers Conference® China, the Game Developers Conference® Canada, GDC Mobile, the Game Career Seminars, the Independent Games Festival and Summit, and the Game Developers Choice Awards. To learn more, visit

About Think Services, a division of United Business Media

Think Services connects specialized communities worldwide using educational events, consulting, training, certification, membership, and innovative media. Providing comprehensive opportunities for people to learn from, network with, and inspire each other, Think Services builds strong brands and works within communities to foster a unique affinity with its products and services. The division's flagship products include the Game Developers Conference, the Webby Award-winning, Game Developer magazine, the International Customer Management Institute (ICMI), and HDI. Think Services is a subsidiary of United Business Media, a global media and marketing services company with a market capitalization of more than $1.6 billion. To learn more, visit

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