The organizers of the big Casual Connect casual games conference, a longtime mainstay of the Seattle tech community, have made the conference’s move to San Francisco official … although they still aren’t explaining the reasons publicly.

The conference will be held July 30 through Aug. 1 next year at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, according to the organization’s website. The event has traditionally been held at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall and surrounding venues. GeekWire reported news of the change in October, but this is the first official confirmation from Casual Connect organizers.

We’ve heard from companies involved in the conference that a lack of additional venue space was becoming an issue for Casual Connect as it seeks to grow its U.S. conference further, which contributed to the decision. We’ve sent another message seeking info from organizers, and we’ll update this post when we hear back.

Seattle is a hotbed for casual games, as the home to companies including PopCap, Big Fish Games and RealNetworks’ GameHouse division and a strong list of startups and smaller companies in the space.

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  • isaacada1

    Disappointing news. This is the second video game developers event to move out of Seattle in the last several years. The LOGIN Conference which was held annually in May at the Bell Harbor Conference Center also moved to San Francisco.
    Thankfully, PAX has started their PAX Developers Conference but it’s not good that this region has lost two long running events.

  • Red Russak

    Booo! I blame Seattle for not having more convenient venues besides the Convention Center. On the other hand, there must be something they’re not telling us. Perhaps behind the scenes SF bribed them. Either way, this means there’s room for somebody else to copy-cat CC and start it in Seattle ;-)

  • Kaylin Norman

    This is rather depressing news as I was a huge volunteer at Casual Connect for the last 2 years! I’m not one who has air fare and hotel stay money stashed away in a safe somewhere, even for San Francisco. I’ll just have to get my volunteer work in some other way…

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