Apple has announced its annual developers conference in San Francisco will take place June 6 through 10 this year, overlapping Los Angeles' game-centric E3 Expo June 7 through 9.
In the past, Apple has used The Worldwide Developers Conferences (WWDC) to introduce major new hardware -- including the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4
. Last year, Zynga used the event to announce a long-anticipated iPhone version of Facebook hit FarmVille
This year's WWDC event is widely expected not to include announcements of any major new hardware or operating systems, but should include the announcement of new OS features for both iOS and Mac OS.
Late last month, Apple's announcement of the second-generation iPad
was scheduled at the same time as Nintendo President Satoru Iwata's keynote at the 2011 Game Developers Conference
Though Apple doesn't produce any game software on its own, the company has become an increasingly large player in the video game space in recent years, with games dominating the top-selling apps on iOS devices
. Games have also been an important part of the recently launched Mac App Store