EVE Online, CCP's flagship game, is evidence of the company's success in the massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) industry, with a current subscription base of more than 190,000 players in more than 80 countries. Currently, 40% of all EVE Online players are located in the United States.
"CCP Games is excited to be at the epicenter of the US online gaming industry," said Mike Tinney, president of CCP North America. "Following the merger of CCP Games and White Wolf Publishing last year, we look forward to expanding our CCP North American team and player base over the course of this year."
In recognition of the growing gaming presence in Georgia, the first Southern Interactive Entertainment and Gaming Expo (SIEGE) will be held October 5 - 7, 2007 at Atlanta's Crowne Plaza Perimeter NW Hotel. CCP Games will join other online gaming leaders to strengthen the Georgia gaming community.
SIEGE is sponsored by the Georgia Game Developers Association (GGDA) and will showcase the fast-growing game design industry in the South. SIEGE will include a number of special events including game design classes and competitions, gaming tournaments, a job fair, as well as a variety of sessions to discuss online gaming.
"Computer and video games are a nearly $13 billion a year industry in the United States and a nearly $32 billion industry worldwide, according to a recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the South represents a significant and growing part of this industry," said Clinton Lowe, chairman of the GGDA. "We organized SIEGE to highlight the industry's presence in the South and further propel game development and design in the region."
CCP North America plans to hire more than 100 new employees for MMOG development and design positions at its Stone Mountain, GA office over the next 12 months. Show attendees and prospects will be able to speak with CCP executives at the CCP booth at SIEGE. CCP's North American headquarters are located at 2075 West Park Place Blvd., Stone Mountain, GA 30087.