The 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit kicks off today, starting with the opening keynote from the unlikely duo of Valve's Gabe Newell and Hollywood's J.J. Abrams later this morning. And then it explodes with a constant stream of talks from all the cool kids in game development today, leading up to the grand finale, the 16th D.I.C.E. Awards show, which will be hosted by Chris Hardwick.
They were kind enough to let me sit in and listen this week. I want to get them all drunk and have them tell me about the Xbox 7000 or whatever it is.
As for who is here, want me to namedrop? Randy Pitchford from Gearbox? Or how about David Cage? Jenova Chen from thatgamecompany is also here, as is Warren Spector, though the latter isn't taking interviews. I already mentioned Gaben, but I will again as he is this year's Hall of Fame Inductee.
It's like they kicked out all of the bros here at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and replaced them with game pros. No bros -- pros.
See the full list of guests below.
J.J. Abrams, writer, director and producer, and opening keynote headliner
Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve Corporation, 2013 AIAS Hall of Fame inductee, and opening keynote headliner
Dan Connors, CEO and co-founder of Telltale Games
Glen Schofield, co-founder and studio head of Sledgehammer Games
David Cage, CEO of Quantic Dream
Randy Pitchford, co-founder, owner and president of Gearbox Software
Phil Larsen, CMO of Halfbrick Games
David Edery, CEO of Spry Fox
Julian Farrior, CEO of Backflip Studios
Amir Rao, studio director for Supergiant Games
Xavier Poix, managing director of Ubisoft France
Jenova Chen, creative director and co-founder of thatgamecompany
Jesse Schell, CEO of Shell Games and distinguished professor of the Practice of Entertainment Technology at Carnegie Mellon University
Victor Kislyi, CEO and founder of Wargaming.net
Dr. Ray Muzyka, CEO and founder of Threshold Impact
Feargus Urquhart, CEO of Obsidian Entertainment
Kiki Wolfkill, executive producer at Microsoft Game Studios/343 Industries
Frank O’Connor, franchise development director at Microsoft Game Studios/343 Industries Warren Spector, veteran electronic game designer/producer
Julie Uhrman, founder and CEO of OUYA
Mark Stern, president Original Content at Syfy
Nick Beliaeff, vice president of production at Trion Worlds, Inc.
Matt Lee Johnston, video game designer and producer
Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, Inc.
David Ting, general manager of eSports at IGN Pro League (IPL)
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12:00 AM on 02.23.2015