The D.I.C.E. Summit® 2010 is the home of the 13th annual Interactive Achievement Awards® ceremony on February 18th, where industry leaders and members pay tribute and recognize the individuals and products that contribute to the growth of the interactive entertainment software business. Comedian, actor and spirited game enthusiast, Jay Mohr will return for his fifth year as host. The Independent Film Channel will be streaming the Awards, as well as filming the show for a TV broadcast to follow.
Sponsors to date include: Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, Electronic Arts, IFCTV®, Electronic Entertainment Design and Research, Hansoft AB, Gigamedia, MTV Networks, Day 1 Studios, Intel, Infernal Engine, Insomniac Games, Boesky & Company, The Guildhall at SMU, The Strong National Museum of Play, PR Newswire, and GameIndustry Biz. Immediately following D.I.C.E.® this year, will be the Indie Games Challenge winners announcements.
About the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences:
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) was founded in 1996 as a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote, advance and recognize common interests and outstanding achievements in the interactive arts and sciences. To further enhance awareness of the Academy’s vision, the organization created the D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit in 2002, a once yearly conference dedicated to exploring approaches to the creative process and artistic expression as they uniquely apply to the development of interactive entertainment. With the success of D.I.C.E., the Academy took the exclusive event to Singapore to launch the first ever D.I.C.E. Asia this year. The Academy also conducts an annual awards show, Interactive Achievement Awards, to promote and acknowledge exceptional accomplishments in this field. With more than 20,000 members, including Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, Day One Studios, Epic Games and Insomniac Games, The Academy is the leading advocate of video games worldwide.
Since its inception, The Academy has created and collaborated on a number of unique programs that promote the industry. AIAS oversees Into The Pixel, a juried exhibition of art from video games. In addition, the Academy sponsors several education programs including the Randy Pausch Scholarship, which awards students pursuing their dreams of becoming an interactive entertainment creator, and The Academy Scholar, a program sponsored with The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University (SMU). The AIAS is currently collaborating with Gamestop and SMU on the Indie Games Challenge, a contest for professional and non-professional video game developers to create their own video game and the chance to win up to $300,000 worth of prizes. More information is available at http://www.interactive.org and http://www.intothepixel.com.