Summit Launches Experience Rooms, eSports and Magic Tournaments,
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce
world-renowned game creator and auteur Hideo Kojima will join
film director, screenwriter, producer and novelist Guillermo del Toro
to present the Thursday afternoon Keynote Address at the 2016 D.I.C.E.
Summit (#DICE2016) conference, taking place Feb. 16-18, 2016, at the
Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Final Speakers Added to #DICE2016 Conference:
In a session titled “A Conversation with Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del
Toro,” these master storytellers will offer insight into their creative
vision and the driving forces behind their artistic pursuits. Moderated
by longtime video game host and producer Geoff Keighley, this
conversation will revisit some of their fondest memories from their own
individual careers as well as some of the pivotal moments from each
other’s work that remain a constant source of inspiration.
Thursday morning, Todd Howard, game director and executive
producer at Bethesda Game Studios, will be joined in conversation by
comedian and avid gamer Pete Holmes, the returning host of the 19th
D.I.C.E. Awards and creator/star of the upcoming HBO show Crashing.
Touching upon topics central to the conference theme – The Art of
Engagement – this session will explore open world storytelling and
design, the influence of fans on the game making process, how fan
communities extend the life of a title through their creations and
contributions, how previous games influence design decisions, and more.
With Pete as the moderator this discussion is sure to be filled with
entertaining moments along with inspiring insight!
The full list of D.I.C.E. Summit speakers can be found here.
New Experiences and Events at the Summit:
In addition to the usual networking experiences at the D.I.C.E. Summit
such as the annual golf, poker, and go-karting tournaments, the 2016
D.I.C.E. Summit experience will host a number of new opportunities to
augment its attendee experience. Participants have a chance to learn and
test out products in Experience Rooms, gather for a Magic: The
Gathering tournament, participate in an esports tournament, and join
conversations at the roundtable sessions.
The Experience Rooms will feature some of the newest concepts in tech:
castAR is an industry-leading mixed reality company that will
offer consumers a best-in-class shared reality experience. It is a
versatile 3D platform which brings new worlds, adventures and stories
to life. castAR is the key that unlocks a new brand of playful
entertainment, right at your tabletop.
Epic Games will give D.I.C.E. attendees the chance to dive into Bullet
Train, the studio’s Unreal Engine 4-powered VR demo praised
for its thrilling, fast-paced interactivity. Bullet Train is an
action-packed experience supporting Oculus Touch motion controls.
NVIDIA is enabling developers to build amazing VR content with
its industry-leading GeForce GTX GPUs and GameWorks VR SDK. They will
partner with developer Sólfar Studios to take attendees to the top of
Mount Everest in virtual reality. Using the room-scale HTC Vive
headset, one can cross the treacherous crevasses of the Khumbu
Icefalls, scramble up the icy Lhotse Face, and reach the summit for a
stunning view from Earth’s highest point.
StreamTV will be showcasing on their 65″ glasses-free 3D TV on
the game P.A.M.E.L.A., an intense and unforgiving open-world
survival experience in a fallen utopian city ravaged by a horrific
disease. Built on a 4K-panel technology, Ultra-D™ is the only
glasses-free 3D solution that delivers both stunning images and
content conversion from any 2D or 3D source.
Other new events include:
FACEIT, a popular eSports platform, will be hosting a custom
built Celebrity 1vs1 CounterStrike esports tournament. D.I.C.E.
attendees have a chance to face-off and fight it out against some of
FACEIT’s top talent!
On Tuesday evening, Min Kim (AIAS Board of Directors Chairman) and
Wizards of the Coast will host the first Magic at D.I.C.E., a
tournament of Magic: the Gathering amongst the industry’s top
creative and business talents including Brandon Beck, Michael Capps,
Rob Pardo and Vince Zampella. All players will convene at the D.I.C.E.
Arcade to compete in a Limited format tournament featuring cards from
the latest sets, Battle for Zendikar and Oath of the
Golfstream is an interactive indoor premium golf gaming
experience for beginners, experts and everyone in between that uses
state-of-the-art AR technology engineered by rocket scientists. At the
D.I.C.E. Summit Golfstream will be inviting attendees to participate
in a friendly competition and play Golfstream firsthand at the nearby
TaylorMade Golf Experience.
New to D.I.C.E. 2016 will be the inclusion of focused Roundtable
Sessions. Each year, the AIAS is challenged to find ways to
facilitate new networking opportunities that will enrich the attendee
experience. Based on the overwhelming success of our roundtable
experience at the 2015 D.I.C.E. Europe event in Barcelona, AIAS will
extend this concept to the U.S. Summit. You can learn more about the
roundtables topics here.
Tickets and meeting rooms for the 2016 D.I.C.E. Summit are still
available, click here
to register for the conference.
Sarah Fischer, 206.406.6463