The lights are on
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), who hold the annual D.I.C.E. Summit (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) and subsequent awards, have announced the first round of this year's speakers.
The AIAS has confirmed that Ed Fries (former Microsoft VP and Xbox co-founder), David Helgason (CEO of Unity Technologies), Clive Downie (CEO of Japanese mobile company DeNA), and Sundance DiGiovanni (co-founder and CEO of Major League Gaming) are the first announced speakers.
The theme of this year's summit is The New Golden Age of Gaming. "While usually bestowed posthumously on a period of great prosperity and creativity," explains Martin Rae, AIAS president, "we have the experience and foresight to realize we are witnessing a new Golden Age. For the 2014 D.I.C.E. Summit we'll examine what this means to the many great minds who grace our stage, looking back at trails blazed and forward to amazing possibilities and potential pitfalls around the bend."
The event will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, February 4-6 (the awards are on the 6th), and registration is now open.
Our Take:These may not be the flashiest industry names out there, but they seem like a good fit to represent the theme of the summit.
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Now this is a DICE I can respect.
I wonder who else will be there.
Flesh! Bone! Viscera! My body of steel knows no weaknesses!
Spun uncontrollably skyward... Driven brutally into the ground!
I'll dedicate this fight to the people of Russia!
I hope Gabe Newell and Jon Blow speak.
My first thought in regards to the speakers was the same Matt.. Would like to attend one of these just because they sound so interesting!
I'm really excited to hear what they have to say.
Eh, I prefer game announcements. That's when we get the goods to back up the talk.
Hmmm DeNA has gotten huge in recent years with Blood Brothers and their other mobile games. It would be interesting to see what their CEO has to say about gaming.