J.J. Abrams & Gabe Newell to Take Stage at 2013 D.I.C.E Summit Keynote

Just announced by the Acadamy of Interactive Arts & Sciences are the speakers for the Wednesday opening keynote discussion at the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit, and attendees are in for a real treat!

Industry legends J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell will meet in Las Vegas for a session entitled, "Storytelling Across Platforms: Who Benefits Most, the Audience or the Player?"

J.J Abrams is the founder and president of Bad Robot Productions, responsible for such films and television series as CloverfieldMission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, ABC’s Lost, Fox’s Fringe, and CBS’s Person of Interest. He's also directed blockbuster hits like Mission: Impossible 3, Star Trek (2009), and Super 8. With multiple Emmy wins and nominations for his work under his belt, listeners are sure to be dazzled.

You may know Gabe Newell already as the President and co-founder of Valve Corporation, with a portfolio of entertainment stretching through several popular video game franchises, the Source game engine, and Steam, a social digital download platform with over 50 million accounts.


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“From TV to film and now award-winning mobile apps, there’s no question that J.J. has his finger on the pulse of the entertainment industry, and we’re thrilled to welcome him and our 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, Gabe Newell, to the D.I.C.E. stage,” said Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. “J.J. thoughtfully weaves together suspense, action, emotion, and fun into every one of his projects – elements every game developer aspires to capture as well. Each year, the D.I.C.E. Summit sets the tone for the year ahead in games and adding J.J. and Gabe’s shared insights is a natural fit as we see all forms of entertainment converge.”

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.

Full biographies and more information on Newell, Abrams, and all of the D.I.C.E. Summit 2013 speakers can be found at the official site -- stay tuned to Curse for more event coverage.


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