The D.I.C.E. Summit brings together bright minds, and recognizes the year's best video and computer games, online entertainment, and the outstanding individuals and development teams that have propelled the advancement of the entertainment software industry. 2014 is almost here, and with that comes the next Summit!
Submissions are now open for the 17th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, which rise above other honors as the most prestigious peer-voted awards driven by game makers and industry visionaries.
"The D.I.C.E. Awards highlight the best that 2013 has to offer, showcasing for posterity the stories and experiences that touched gamers at that moment in time," said Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. "What the Awards bring to the attendees is an evening when we can toast the achievements of the extremely hard working peers in our creative industry; to viewers and consumers it is a chance to inspire future game makers to dream about one day getting on the D.I.C.E. Awards stage alongside their gaming heroes."
Joining the ranks of award categories this year is a new honor: Online Game of the Year. This award celebrates titles of any genre with a significant portion of the gameplay experience transpiring online -- collaboratively or competitively. Exemplary matchmaking systems, gameplay options, continuing content releases, and other features are the key to what makes online games their own category.
Announced October 17th by the AIAS was the first round of speakers for the event, who are to envision the evolution of the industry. Remarking on theme The Golden Age of Gaming:
- David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies, an ex-engineer, technologist, and visionary. David has led groundbreaking business innovation for Unity which have revolutionized the games industry and are now widely imitated and adopted.
- Ed Fries, known for helping build Microsoft Game Studios and is co-founder of the XBOX Project.
- Clive Downie, CEO of DeNA, a global leader in developing and publishing free-to-play mobile games. Clive leads the company’s operations and corporate strategy in the West.
- Sundance DiGiovanni, Co-Founder and CEO of Major League Gaming, the global leader in eSports. Sundance focuses on the global growth of competitive video gaming, expansion of MLG as a digital media property, and the company’s platforms and distribution channels like MLG.tv that are bringing this burgeoning sport to an ever-growing community worldwide.
More details on the event can be found at the official site -- stay tuned to Curse for more D.I.C.E. coverage!