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D.I.C.E. Summit Snags Five More Major Names as Speakers

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Posted on January 10, 2013 AT 03:55pm

For their upcoming D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit in Las Vegas, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has announced five more big names as speakers during the event.

Joining names such as Game Newell, David Cage, Randy Pitchford, Jenova Chen, Kiki Wolfkill, and Frank O’Connor will be Warren Spector, Petri Järvilehto, Mark Stern, Nick Beliaeff, and Victor Kislyi.

Here are the details on the five new speakers, along with the presentations they’ll be doing at the event:

  • Warren Spector, veteran electronic game designer/producer at Junction Point Studios, a division of Disney Interactive. Spector will speak on “Hey, You kids! Get Outta My Yard! or The Graying of Gaming,” discussing the impact of aging on gamers, developers, and the medium. He will examine how the graying of gaming affects game content, player commitment, design philosophy, gaming platforms, mainstream media interactions and, the future!
  • Petri Järvilehto, Executive Vice President of Games at Rovio, will speak on “The Age of the Mobile Blockbuster: Launching Angry Birds Star Wars.” He will present how Rovio is transforming the industry with blockbuster simultaneous launches that synchronize gaming, consumer goods, and animation to create expansive entertainment experiences.
  • Mark Stern, president of SyFy, and Nick Beliaeff, vice president of production at Trion Worlds, Inc., will co-present on “Building True Transmedia: Making of Defiance, a living world across mediums.” This session will give the audience a peek into how two entertainment channels joined to build this interactive world, which progresses over time.
  • Victor Kislyi, CEO and founder of Wargaming.net, and behind the blockbuster World of Tanks, the Massive Assault series, as well as the highly-anticipated World of Warplanes and World of Warships action MMOs. Victor will present on “The Evolution of Free-To-Play: From Tanks To Beyond.” He will explore how “free-to-play” has taken the gaming industry by storm and how it’s becoming more and more apparent that an evolution of the business model is necessary in order to truly adapt to the needs of gamers and consumers.

The 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada from February 5th through the 8th.

Source: Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Press Release

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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