Next Week: @ GDC: Mobile Game Developers Conference Kicks Off Monday

The Game Developers Conference starts Monday in San Francisco with two days focused exclusively on mobile. On Monday, Michel Guillemot, GameLoft’s CEO and president, will be giving the keynote on how to turn mobile gaming into a mass-market business. On Tuesday, Nokia (NYSE: NOK) EVP Anssi Vanjoki will be speaking about its N-Gage platform, and Nokia’s move into being a service company.

Over the two days, five specialty tracks will cover deal-making, such as advertising and carrier relationships; game design focused on the creative side of the business; production, which addresses porting issues; a 3D/programming track; and original innovation, which will detail the future of mobile gaming in the U.S.

Rob Tercek, the chairman of GDC Mobile, said six years ago, GDC held its first mobile session, and this year, there will be more than 1,000 participants in attendance for the dozens of panel discussions over the two-day event. He said a lot of the focus this year will be on innovation since the mobile gaming industry in 2007 was relatively stagnant. In addition, a lot of attention will be aimed at growing revenues, which have failed to increase as the number of people consuming mobile entertainment has grown, he said.

I will be attending GDC for those two days. If you have any news you’d like to share with me, or would like to set up a meeting, drop me an email at tricia AT