Mass market LAN party

This article on Spiegel Online (in German) reports that Ubisoft / Blue Byte is organizing a Settlers LAN party from the 6th to the 9th of February. It looks like information about the next Settlers title, which is in real-time 3D, will be revealed there. 130 people have already said they’d be coming. Every fifth participant is female, every tenth participant is over 50. The article argues that this is not your typical LAN party audience. (The author’s theory on why women like The Settlers is not very flattering, in my opinion.)