On February 9-11, 2011, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences held the 10th annual D.I.C.E. Summit. This year’s Summit was held at the Red Rock Resort & Casino. For three days the D.I.C.E. Summit was home to the brightest and most creative minds of the interactive entertainment industry to partake in seminars and exchange all ideas both in and out of the video game industry. Acclaimed speakers from the industry included: Cerny Games President Mark Cerny, 5th Cell CEO Jeremiah Slaczka, 5th Cell COO Joseph Tringali, Booyah CEO and Co-Founder Keith Lee, Filmmaker John Stevenson, Polyphony Digital CEO Kazunori Yamauchi, BioWare Co-Founder Dr. Greg Zeschuk, BioWare Co-Founder Dr. Ray Muzyka, Nexon America VP of Marketing Min Kim, PopCap Games Senior Producer Matthew Johnston, SCEA Senior Researcher Dr. Richard Marks, Intel Senior Scientist Dr. Beverly Harrison, Professor of Entertainment Technology at Carnegie Mellon University Jesse Schell, Zynga Chief Designer Brian Reynolds, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Portalarium Richard Garriot, Director of Game Research and Development for Institute of the Future Jane McGonigal, Ubisoft Toronto Managing Director Jade Raymond, Partner at Kleiner Perkins Bing Gordon, EA Mobile VP World Wide Studios Travis Boatman, Analyst for the NPD Group Anita Frazier, Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Dr. David Gallo, Google Staff Engineer Bill Budge, President CEO and Co-Founder of Blizzard Entertainment Mike Morhaime, and Zynga Consultant Bruce Shelley.
The 14th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards took place Thursday, February 10, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bing Gordon was named the 5th Lifetime Achievement recipient for his incredible contributions during his 28 year career. Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk (a.k.a. “The Doctors”) were inducted into the Hall of Fame for their incredible work with BioWare and Bill Budge was named the 2nd annual AIAS Pioneer Award recipient for his critical work in founding and continuing to grow our industry.
Additionally the 2nd Annual Indie Game Challenge took place on Friday, February 11, 2011, in Las Vegas at the Red Rock Hotel Resort & Casino. The ceremony’s 2nd event celebrated budding amateur and professional game makers and their impressive accomplishments. G4 TV X-Play host and gamer Adam Sessler hosted this event.