LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is pleased to announce that registration for the 2017 D.I.C.E. Summit is now open. The annual event returns to Delano Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, February 21-23, 2017. This year’s conference will focus on the theme World Builders. Speakers will examine the aspects that drive world building – from shaping creative initiatives to welcome and nurture player communities, to the many ways we chase new technologies that offer a glimpse of tomorrow, today.
“I look forward to the D.I.C.E. conference every year,” said Min Kim, AIAS board chairman and co-founder of Bonfire Studios. “It's a special time for the creative and business leaders in our industry to build friendships, celebrate the achievements of our peers, and get inspired.”
The gaming industry’s premier thought leadership conference confirmed its first round of speakers joining the 2017 D.I.C.E. stage. These speakers who will bring their unique perspective on world building to the event include:
- Bonnie Ross – Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Head of 343 Industries, where she is responsible for defining the vision and leading the Halo franchise. In her D.I.C.E. session, “Stewards of a Sci-Fi Universe,” Ross will discuss when to guide, when to guard and hold firm, when to evolve, and the importance that the citizens of that universe – the community – play in keeping a world relevant in the ever-changing entertainment landscape.
- Guillaume Rocheron – Academy Award-winning VFX Supervisor for Life of Pi and currently working on the live-action film Ghost in the Shell. Rocheron will be speaking on “Visual Effects and Storytelling: From Creating Stand-Out Shots to Developing Worlds,” where he will discuss how visual effects has evolved as storytelling tool.
- Jason Rubin – Head of Content at Oculus, where he and his team are responsible for collaborating with developers to build games and experiences for Rift and Gear VR. Rubin will be on stage with a moderator for a fireside chat to discuss his thoughts and perspectives on how virtual reality has built a defining role in the next generation of video games development.
Unmatched networking opportunities are a hallmark of the D.I.C.E. Summit experience. This year’s networking events include Topgolf Las Vegas, an interactive golf experience combining competition with entertainment. Returning in 2017 are the popular Magic: The Gathering, go-karting, and poker tournaments on the first day; two full days of a single-track speaker program; the popular roundtable workshops; lunches; and happy hours. On the final day, the conference will culminate with the 20th D.I.C.E. Awards, honoring the best video games of the previous year.
To register for the D.I.C.E. Summit and Awards Show, visit www.dicesummit.org for the early bird rates. Prices go up to regular registration tickets on November 18, 2016.