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TWITCH TO LIVE STREAM D.I.C.E. EUROPE SPEAKER SESSIONS

Twitch

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), in partnership with Video Games Intelligence (VGI), today announced its collaboration with Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers with more than 40 million visitors per month, to live stream the D.I.C.E. Europe sessions...  continue reading.


FINAL D.I.C.E. EUROPE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

Final D.I.C.E. Europe Speakers

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The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), in partnership with Video Games Intelligence (VGI),  is pleased to announce our final speakers - Ian Livingstone, Eidos’ life president and founder of Games Workshop; Paul Wedgwood, CEO of Splash Damage; and Paul Gouge, CEO and founder of Playdemic.


Scholarships

Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Randy Pausch scholarship winners Ji “Atlas” Chen (New York University) and Erin Loelius (California Institute of the Arts) and Mark Beaumont scholarship winners Sarah Conde (Kennesaw State University) and Raymond Tan (Ohio State University)!

Click here to read the full press release.


Hit List Q&A
Torsten Reil

This week’s Hit List in partnership with Joystiq features Torsten Reilt, CEO of Natural Motion.  Click here to read the entire interview. 


Hit List Q&A
David Polfeldt

This week’s Hit List in partnership with Joystiq features David Polfeldt, Managing Director at Massive Entertainment.  Click here to read the entire interview. 


Hit List Q&A
Lorne Lanning

This week’s Hit List in partnership with Joystiq features Lorne Lanning, co-founder of Oddworld Inhabitants.  Click here to read the entire interview. 


Into the Pixel Artist Interviews

ITP

We are pleased to announce a new series of artist Q&As from the 2013 Into the Pixel collection.  Over the next couple weeks, hear about their inspirations and influences, current games they are playing, their journey to becoming a game artist, and more!


THE ACADEMY DEBUTS D.I.C.E. EUROPE
IN LONDON – SEPT. 24-25
DICE EUROPE

DICE Europe Speakers

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The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), in partnership with Video Games Intelligence (VGI), today announced the inaugural D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Europe conference that will premiere Sept. 24-25, 2013 at the Royal Garden Hotel... continue reading.


SAVE THE DATE 2014 D.I.C.E. SUMMIT

DICE 2014

The D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Feb. 4-6, 2014.


2013 Into the Pixel Collection Revealed

ITP 2013

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The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) today announced the 16 winning pieces of the world-renowned 2013 Into the Pixel (ITP) collection... continue reading.


AIAS Foundation Taking Applications for
Randy Pausch and Mark Beaumont Scholarships
RPMB

The AIAS Foundation, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ philanthropic arm, is pleased to announce that submissions for its Randy Pausch Scholarship and Mark Beaumont Scholarship are now open.  These scholarships support aspiring game makers in undergraduate or graduate level programs who are planning on pursuing a career in video game development or leadership.... continue reading.


16th D.I.C.E. Awards and
2013 Summit Videos Now Available
D.I.C.E. Partners 

Were you unable to watch the 16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards LIVE last Thursday? Hankering to catch the Awards intro that everyone can’t stop talking about? Don’t worry, the entire awards show, hosted by Chris Hardwick, along with red carpet interviews is available here.... continue reading.


Into the Pixel Auction
ITP Auction 

Our annual Into the Pixel auction is underway! The auction is meant to help fund the AIAS Foundation and Into the Pixel’s global tour to share video game art to fans worldwide. Among this year’s art work we have scenes from Journey, Mass Effect 3, Halo 4, Dishonored, Assassin’s Creed III, Diablo III, Guild Wars 2, among others. Don’t miss out, this auction ends this Wednesday at 3 PM PT!

You can bid on the collection here.


16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards
Winners Announced

Awards

Downloadable games stole the spotlight at this evening’s 16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, as the epic Playstation 3 exclusive Journey, from thatgamecompany, nabbed eight awards including Game of the Year, Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, and Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction. The Walking Dead sauntered home with four awards, including Adventure Game of the Year and Downloadable Game of the Year. Since 1996, the D.I.C.E. Awards have recognized outstanding games, individuals and development teams that are pushing the boundaries of technology, creativity and artistic expression in the worldwide interactive entertainment industry.
 
Other multi-award winners include Halo 4, honored for visual engineering and connectivity, and XCOM: Enemy Unknown,recognized for its feats in gameplay engineering as well as Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year. The full list of winners illustrates the diversity in interactive experiences available today, including Web-Based Game of the Year SimCity Social, Family Game of the Year Skylanders Giants, Mobile Game of the Year Hero Academy, and Action Game of the YearBorderlands 2.
 
“For the past 16 years, the D.I.C.E. Awards have brought together the brightest and most creative minds in games to celebrate outstanding achievement in interactive entertainment. This year is no exception as the hottest players representing all facets of the industry - from downloadable to console to mobile games -- took center stage,” said Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.  “From our many category winners to our distinguished honorees Gabe Newell, Dave Lebling and Marc Blank, we congratulate all the talented developers and publishers whose contributions led to another exceptional year in games.”
 
Hosted by actor, comedian, television host and Nerdist Chris Hardwick, the D.I.C.E. Awards took place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas during the 2013 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit (#DICE2013), which is produced by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences in conjunction with PMC/Variety. The event streamed live on MachinimaLive.com, and is now available to view at youtube.com/machinima.
 
Also during the Awards ceremony, industry legend, Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve Corporation, became the 17th inductee into the AIAS Hall of Fame, and Infocom co-founders Dave Lebling and Marc Blank received the 2013 AIAS Pioneer Award. 
 
Since 1996, the D.I.C.E. Awards have recognized outstanding games, individuals and development teams that have contributed to the advancement of the multi-billion dollar worldwide entertainment software industry. Over a hundred titles were played and evaluated by members of the Academy’s Peer Panels. The panels are comprised of the game industry’s most experienced and talented men and women. Each panel is responsible for evaluating one award category. D.I.C.E. recipients are determined by a vote of qualified Academy members. Award voting is confidential, conducted online and supervised and certified by VoteNet Solutions, Inc. The integrity of the system, coupled with a broad-based voting population of AIAS members, makes the D.I.C.E. Awards the most credible, respected and recognized awards for interactive entertainment software.
 
The complete list of winners, as decided by a peer-based voting system, is as follows:
 
Action Game of the Year

Borderlands 2

  • Publisher:  2K Games
  • Developer: Gearbox Software

 

Mobile Game of the Year

Hero Academy

  • Publisher: Robot Entertainment
  • Developer: Robot Entertainment

Handheld Game of the Year

Paper Mario Sticker Star

  • Publisher: Nintendo of America, Inc.
  • Developer: Intelligent Systems

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

Journey

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Developer: thatgamecompany

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

Journey

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Developer: thatgamecompany

Outstanding Achievement in Story

The Walking Dead

  • Publisher: Telltale Games
  • Developer: Telltale Games

Outstanding Character Performance

The Walking Dead: Lee Everett

  • Publisher: Telltale Games
  • Developer: Telltale Games

Downloadable Game of the Year

The Walking Dead

  • Publisher: Telltale Games
  • Developer: Telltale Games

Casual Game of the Year

Journey

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Developer: thatgamecompany

Web Based Game of the Year

SimCity Social

  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Developer: Maxis, Playfish

Family Game of the Year

Skylanders Giants

  • Publisher: Activision
  • Developer: Toys for Bob

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

Mass Effect 3

  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Developer: Bioware

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Developer: Firaxis Games

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming

Journey

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Developer: thatgamecompany

Sports Game of the Year

FIFA Soccer 13

  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Developer: EA Canada

Racing Game of the Year

Need for Speed Most Wanted

  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Developer: Criterion Games

Fighting Game of the Year

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Developer: SuperBot Entertainment, Inc.

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay

Journey

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Developer: thatgamecompany

Outstanding Achievement in Connectivity

Halo 4

  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Developer: 343 Industries

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

Assassin’s Creed III

  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Ubisoft

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

Journey

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Developer: thatgamecompany

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering

Halo 4

  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Developer: 343 Industries

Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Developer: Firaxis Games

Adventure Game of the Year

The Walking Dead

  • Publisher: Telltale Games
  • Developer: Telltale Games

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

Journey

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Developer: thatgamecompany

Game of the Year

Journey

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Developer: thatgamecompany

Click here for the official press release. 


Now Taking 2013 Into the Pixel Submissions!

ITP

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced today that submissions for the Into the Pixel (ITP) 2013 exhibit are now open. 

Through this unique partnership between the ESA and the AIAS, ITP has pioneered digital game art exhibitions and continues to facilitate this valuable conversation between the traditional and digital art worlds.

This year’s esteemed group of jurists: 

  • Bob Rafei - Big Red Button Entertainment, Founder, CEO and Visual Director
  • Glenn Phillips - Getty Research Institute, Senior Project Specialist & Consulting Curator, Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art
  • Jon Gibson - iam8bit, Founder and Partner
  • Matt Hall - Timbuk2 Studios, Senior Partner Production Designer
  • Nora Dolan - Independent Curator
  • Patricia Lanza - The Annenberg Space for Photography, Director of Talent and Content
  • Seth Spaulding - Blizzard Entertainment, Art Manager 
Submissions are open from April 4, 2013 and close April 17, 2013. The 2013 ITP Collection will be revealed and featured at the E3 Expo June 11-13, 2013 and tours worldwide. Instructions to submit can be found at here


Live Stream Links – Thursday D.I.C.E. Keynote
and 16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards

Gabe Newell

Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve Corporation, will be giving the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit Thursday Conference Keynote, entitled “A View on Next Steps” on Thursday, February 7th at 9:30 AM PT.  The Thursday keynote will focus on where the industry is heading, the advances Valve is making with Steam and Big Picture to prepare for that future, and more.   

Gabe Newell Live Stream Link Here.


Awards

The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 7th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas during the 2013 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit (#DICE2013). The AIAS, in collaboration with media partner Variety, will live stream the Awards on Machinima in its entirety at 7 PT / 10 PM ET. Self-proclaimed nerd and video game enthusiast Chris Hardwick, founder of Nerdist.com and host of his own Comedy Central stand-up special, AMC’s Talking Dead, and newly announced BBC America’s The Nerdist, will serve as host.  

Gabe Newell will be honored at the upcoming 16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards on the evening of February 7th as the 2013 AIAS Hall of Fame inductee.  Infocom co-founders Dave Lebling and Marc Blank will be the evening’s Pioneer Award recipients.  

16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Live Stream Link: www.machinimalive.com 

Please check back on www.youtube.com/entv for 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit session highlights; full 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit sessions will be available on www.youtube.com/variety in the next couple days. 


16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards
Opening Teaser Trailer

The AIAS in collaboration with media partner Variety, is excited to release the first trailer for the 16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards!  Check out this awesome live action clip inspired by Assassin’s Creed III for a taste of what’s to come – produced in conjunction with our friends at Noodlehaus
 
Don’t miss out on the action!  You can come out to the Awards to see it all at The Joint in the Hard Rock Casino and Resort Las Vegas or view it LIVE on our Awards show partner site MachinimaLIVE.com on February 7th beginning at 7 PM PST.


Hit List with 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit Speaker
Glen Schofield, Sledgehammer Games 

Glen Schofield
The AIAS is honored to partner with Joystiq to post a new feature examining the tastes and influences of video game industry luminaries – what inspires them in the realm of literature, film, music and videogames? What app can they not live without at this moment? And what key elements fortify their game room, living room or den? We are fascinated by what inspires our favorite creative minds and we are sure others will be as well.
 
Today’s Hit List features Sledgehammer Games co-founder and studio head, Glen Schofield. At his forthcoming 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit session Glen will speak on “The Art of Inspiration” to discuss how he derives inspiration from anything and anywhere, and how these sources of inspiration have influenced his work as a video game developer on a daily basis.
 
Click here to read Glen’s Hit List.
Click here to read the Hit Lists from other 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit speakers.


Hit List with 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit Speaker

Victor Kislyi, Wargaming

Victor Kislyi

The AIAS is honored to partner with Joystiq to post a new feature examining the tastes and influences of video game industry luminaries – what inspires them in the realm of literature, film, music and videogames? What app can they not live without at this moment? And what key elements fortify their game room, living room or den? We are fascinated by what inspires our favorite creative minds and we are sure others will be as well.

Today’s Hit List features Wargaming CEO and co-founder, Victor Kislyi. At his forthcoming 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit session Victor will be presenting on “The Evolution of Free-To-Play: From Tanks To Beyond” and will walk attendees through his vision of the free-to-play market as it stands today, as well as his thoughts and ideas on how it must grow in the future in order to remain viable.

Click here to read Victor’s Hit List.
Click here to read the Hit Lists from other 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit speakers.


JOURNEY leads the 16th D.I.C.E. awards with 11 nominations; CHRIS HARDWICK TAPPED TO HOST VIDEO GAME AWARD SHOW

16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards

 

Chris Hardwick
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce nominations for the 16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards (#DICEAwards), the industry’s premier peer-based Awards show.  The Academy also revealed self-proclaimed nerd and video game enthusiast Chris Hardwick, founder of Nerdist.com and host of his own Comedy Central stand-up special, AMC’s Talking Dead, and newly announced BBC America’s The Nerdist, will serve as this year’s host. 

Showcasing the breadth and depth of an incredible year of games, 63 games representing console to web-based to mobile, received D.I.C.E. Award nominations. Leading the nominations is Journey with 11 nominations, including Game of the Year.  Rounding out the Game of the Year nominations are: Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3, The Walking Dead, and XCOM: Enemy Unknown.  Several titles earned multiple nods, including The Walking Dead with eight nominations, Far Cry 3 with seven, Halo 4 with six, and Borderlands 2 and Dishonored both receiving five each. 

The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 7th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas during the 2013 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit (#DICE2013). The AIAS, in collaboration with media partner Variety, will live stream the Awards on Machinima in its entirety at 7:30pm PT / 10:30pm ET. 

"The D.I.C.E. Awards are VERY important to me,” said Hardwick. “I have been playing video games since there were video games. I hope there is some type of Dovahkiin Shout that will make sure I don't mess this up. I will find one! If not, I'll just look like a psychotic, screaming a**hole leading up to the Awards."

Following is a partial list of nominees; the complete list of Awards categories, finalists, and game maker credits is available here.

Game of the Year

Borderlands 2   
  • Publisher: 2k Games
  • Developer: Gearbox Software
Far Cry 3
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Ubisoft
Journey
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC 
  • Developer: thatgamecompany
The Walking Dead
  • Publisher: Telltale Games
  • Developer: Telltale Games
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Publisher: 2k Games
  • Developer: Firaxis Games

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

Journey
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC 
  • Developer: thatgamecompany
Dishonored
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks 
  • Developer: Arkane Studios
Far Cry 3
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Ubisoft
The Unfinished Swan
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC 
  • Developer: Giant Sparrow
The Walking Dead
  • Publisher: Telltale Games
  • Developer: Telltale Games

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming

Journey
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC
  • Developer: thatgamecompany
Nintendo Land 
  • Publisher: Nintendo of America Inc.
  • Developer: Nintendo
Sound Shapes
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC
  • Developer: Queasy Games
The Unfinished Swan
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC
  • Developer: Giant Sparrow
The Walking Dead
  • Publisher: Telltale Games
  • Developer: Telltale Games

Action Game of the Year

Borderlands 2
  • Publisher: 2k Games
  • Developer: Gearbox Software
Far Cry 3
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Ubisoft
Halo 4
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Developer: 343 Industries
Hitman: Absolution
  • Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.
  • Developer: IO Interactive A/S
Sleeping Dogs
  • Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.
  • Developer: United Front Games

Adventure Game of the Year

Assassin's Creed III
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Ubisoft
Darksiders II
  • Publisher: THQ 
  • Developer: Vigil Games
Dishonored
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Developer: Arkane Studios
New Super Mario Bros. Wii U
  • Publisher: Nintendo of America Inc.
  • Developer: Nintendo
The Walking Dead
  • Publisher: Telltale Games
  • Developer: Telltale Games

Mobile Game of the Year

Fairway Solitaire
  • Publisher: Big Fish
  • Developer: Big Fish
Hero Academy
  • Publisher: Robot Entertainment
  • Developer: Robot Entertainment
Horn
  • Publisher: Zynga
  • Developer: Phosphor Games Studio
Rayman Jungle Run
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Pastagames, Ubisoft Montpellier

Click here to read the full release.

To purchase tickets to the Awards show, please visit www.dicesummit.org or email Kelby May at Kelby@interactive.org.


Hit List with 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit Speaker Warren Spector, Junction Point Studios 

Warren Spector

The AIAS is honored to partner with Joystiq to post a new feature examining the tastes and influences of video game industry luminaries – what inspires them in the realm of literature, film, music and videogames? What app can they not live without at this moment? And what key elements fortify their game room, living room or den? We are fascinated by what inspires our favorite creative minds and we are sure others will be as well.
 
Today’s Hit List features veteran electronic game designer/producer Warren Spector, Junction Point Studios. At his forthcoming 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit session Warren will be presenting on “Hey, You kids! Get Outta My Yard! or The Graying of Gaming,” This talk will be a personal look backwards and forwards that will offer something for kids and adults, boys and girls, men and women, whatever their relationship may be with games as pastime, as art or as business. Take a moment to find out what has influenced Warren.
 
Click here to read Warren’s Hit List. 
Click here to read the Hit Lists from other 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit speakers.


Hit List with 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit Speaker 
Amir Rao, Supergiant Games

Amir Rao
The AIAS is honored to partner with Joystiq to post a new feature examining the tastes and influences of video game industry luminaries – what inspires them in the realm of literature, film, music and videogames? What app can they not live without at this moment? And what key elements fortify their game room, living room or den? We are fascinated by what inspires our favorite creative minds and we are sure others will be as well. 

Today’s Hit List features Amir Rao, Studio Director of Supergiant Games. At his forthcoming 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit session Amir will be presenting on “Multiplatformism,” which covers the design tenets that emerged in translating Bastion from controller to keyboard to touch. The talk will explore Superigant Games’ ethos behind picking platforms, while considering if the future of elegant design is truly interface agnostic. Take a moment to find out what has influenced Amir.

Click here to read Amir’s Hit List. 
Click here to read the Hit Lists from other 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit speakers.


 Pioneer Award Recipients Announced, Infocom Co-Founders Dave Lebling and Marc Blank

Marc and Dave

The AIAS will honor Infocom co-founders Dave Lebling and Marc Blank with its 2013 AIAS Pioneer Award.  As innovators, storytellers, game designers and programmers, Lebling and Blank have inspired a generation of gamers and game designers over a broad spectrum of games and genres with their contributions to interactive fiction and text-based adventure games such as the Zork and Enchanter series. 

The Pioneer Award is reserved for individuals whose career-spanning work has helped shape and define the interactive entertainment industry with the creation of a technological approach or the birth of a new genre. The 2013 Pioneer Award will be presented by Steve Meretzky, vice president of game design at Playdom, during the 16th D.I.C.E. Awards on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Resort and Casino Las Vegas.  

Click here to read/play Wired.com's exclusive, custom-built text adventure on our honorees.  Watch out for the grues!
Click here to read the full press release. 


Hit List with 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit Speaker David Cage, Quantic Dream

David Cage

The AIAS is honored to partner with Joystiq to post a new feature examining the tastes and influences of video game industry luminaries – what inspires them in the realm of literature, film, music and videogames? What app can they not live without at this moment? And what key elements fortify their game room, living room or den? We are fascinated by what inspires our favorite creative minds and we are sure others will be as well.

 
Today’s Hit List features David Cage, CEO of Quantic Dream and producer of Heavy Rain. David is currently working on the much-anticipated project, BEYOND, starring Ellen Page. He will be presenting on “The Peter Pan Syndrome: The Industry that Refused to Grow Up,” where he will be discussing his vision for content in the future, and why he believes it is the key to expanding our market and finally becoming a mature industry. Take a moment to find out what has influenced David and some information on his session topic at the forthcoming 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit.
 
Click here to read David’s Hit List. 
Click here to read the Hit Lists from our previously confirmed speakers.


Hit List with 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit Speaker Xavier Poix

Xavier Poix

Every two weeks, the AIAS is honored to partner with Joystiq to post a new feature examining the tastes and influences of video game industry luminaries – what inspires them in the realm of literature, film, music and videogames? What app can they not live without at this moment? And what key elements fortify their game room, living room or den? We are fascinated by what inspires our favorite creative minds and we are sure others will be as well. 

Today’s Hit List features Xavier Poix, managing director of Ubisoft France (Paris, Montpellier, Annecy). Take a moment to find out what has influenced Xavier and some information on his session topic at the forthcoming 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit. 

Click here to read Xavier’s Hit List.
Click here to read the Hit Lists from our previously confirmed speakers.


2013 D.I.C.E. SUMMIT AND AWARDS SHOW PARTNERS ANNOUNCED
D.I.C.E. Media Partners 

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) today announced a multi-year, exclusive partnership with Penske Media Corporation (PMC), a leading digital media and publishing company, to co-produce the annual D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit and Awards program. Through the partnership, AIAS will also collaborate with PMC’s entertainment publication Variety on video game industry-related content. Additionally, AIAS and PMC revealed one of the top entertainment networks on YouTube, Machinima, has signed on to live stream the 16th annual D.I.C.E. Awards show. The D.I.C.E. Summit and Awards program, which draws the brightest and most influential interactive entertainment industry leaders, takes place Feb. 5 – 8, 2012, at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas. 

With brands across the web, television, mobile and social channels, PMC brings extensive expertise gained from blending traditional entertainment brands, emerging lifestyle brands, and breakout awards shows with new interactive technologies and programming.  In the new partnership, PMC will work hand-in-hand with the Academy to enhance the D.I.C.E. Awards show experience to better reflect and celebrate the interactive industry’s tremendous growth, and expansion onto new platforms. PMC will also stream D.I.C.E. Summit sessions live, and share exclusive AIAS content throughout the year via their extensive YouTube network.  Kicking off with the upcoming D.I.C.E. Summit, AIAS also will work with PMC’s Variety to expand its coverage of the video games business in order to spotlight the growing influence and importance of the art and craft of the interactive industry. PMC brands - Variety, Deadline, TVLine, MovieLine, BGR and Hollywood Life – reach over 113 million monthly unique US visitors and are ranked number 43 on Comscore (as of September 2012).

“PMC has a compelling grasp of traditional and new media industries that will help elevate the D.I.C.E Summit and Awards show to the next level to celebrate the best our industry has to offer – from console to PC to mobile games. With their recent acquisition of Variety, we’re thrilled to work with them to expand coverage of the video games business,” said Martin Rae, President, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “And now with Machinima on board to support our awards show with their creative staff, original programming, and network of YouTube affiliates and directors, this will be an exciting year for AIAS and our members.” 

“We’ve been eager to expand our entertainment coverage to the gaming industry, but waited for the right opportunity to enter this ascending marketplace—forging a long-term partnership with the AIAS for the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit and Awards is the perfect way for PMC to make such an entrance, and we’re thrilled with the opportunity,” said Jay Penske, PMC Founder, Chairman, and CEO. “Since our founding in 2004, we’ve watched video games become a multi-billion dollar industry and a hugely influential contributor to the entertainment industry as a whole. Through all of our branded channels and media platforms, including our premier entertainment trade Variety, we’ll be providing the coverage and attention that the gaming industry has deserved for years–as such an incredibly important part of the entertainment ecosystem.”  

“The D.I.C.E. Awards are a huge staple among the gaming community, and Machinima is proud to be the exclusive online destination for the show,” said Allen DeBevoise, Chairman, Co-Founder, and CEO of Machinima. “Our network of content creators, combined with our millions of viewers, are a perfect match for the established D.I.C.E. brand and event.”

Machinima, which boasts 253 million visitors each month (as of October 2012), and 2.3 billion video views per month, will deploy dozens of YouTube broadcasters to cover the D.I.C.E Awards show on February 7, 2013, (at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas) with engaging interactive content, exclusive features and retrospectives with The Road to D.I.C.E., as well as interviews with industry luminaries to excite the millions of video game fans who tune into their original online shows each week. 

To register for the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit and the 16th D.I.C.E. Awards, please click here.
To read the full press release, please click here.


Hit List with 2013 D.I.C.E. Speaker Jesse Schell

Jesse Schell 

Every two weeks, the AIAS is honored to partner with Joystiq to post a new feature examining the tastes and influences of video game industry luminaries – what inspires them in the realm of literature, film, music and videogames? What app can they not live without at this moment? And what key elements fortify their game room, living room or den? We are fascinated by what inspires our favorite creative minds and we are sure others will be as well. 

Today’s Hit List features Jesse Schell, CEO of Schell Games. Take a moment to find out what has influenced Jesse and some information on his session topic at the forthcoming 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit, a follow-up to his landmark 2010 D.I.C.E. session where he described a future where games and life become indistinguishable.  

Click here to read our Hit List Q&A with 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit Speaker, Jesse Schell. 

Click here to read AIAS president Martin Rae on his Q&A with Joystiq introducing the series. 


Gabe Newell Revealed as 
17TH Hall of Fame Inductee;
Headlines Thursday 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit

Gabe NewellThe Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce that Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve Corporation, will be the 17th inductee into the AIAS Hall of Fame, and will be taking the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit stage as its Thursday conference keynote.  Gabe’s leadership in founding and managing Valve, creator of SourceTM game engine, Steam, and award-winning game franchises like Half-Life®, Counter StrikeTM, Left 4 DeadTM, PortalTM, and Team FortressTM have done much to push the interactive entertainment industry forward.

The AIAS Hall of Fame honor is bestowed on game creators who have been instrumental in the development of highly influential games and moving a particular genre forward. These individuals demonstrate the highest level of creativity and innovation, resulting in significant product influence on a scale that expands the scope of the industry. The 2013 Hall of Fame Award will be presented to Gabe Newell by Mike Capps, president, Epic Games, at the 16th D.I.C.E. Awards on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas. Past AIAS Hall of Fame recipients include: Tim Sweeney (2012), Dr. Greg Zeschuk (2011), Dr. Ray Muzyka (2011), Mark Cerny (2010), and Bruce Shelley (2009).  

Click here for the official release.

For Gabe’s bio, visit our speaker page.

For a list of previous Hall of Fame recipients, click here.


Academy Connect Launches for AIAS Members
 Academy Connect

It is vital that the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has an accelerated way to connect, communicate and collaborate with other members in the global game community. To do so, we are introducing a unique, private online community called Academy Connect, created exclusively for the Academy’s 22,000+ members. The introNetworks technology is the same social networking tool used by other world class organizations like TEDx, NASA and McCann WorldGroup to bring together people and their ideas. 
 
Five Reasons to Join:

  • Private Peer-to-Peer Networking with Other Members
  • Intelligent Matchmaking Tools
  • Unique Groups and Forums
  • Easy-to-Use and Intuitive System
  • Accelerated Access to the Global Game Community

 
Take Five Minutes to Sign-Up:

  • Log in as a member with your ID: www.interactive.org/members/login.asp
  • Once you sign-in, click on ‘Academy Connect’ on the left-hand side  
  • Accept the terms and conditions for Academy Connect
  • Complete your profile
  • Explore, network and connect with other Academy members! 

Should you have trouble logging in, please reach out to John Wie at john@interactive.org or watch this video to answer any questions about your profile creation.
 
See you on Academy Connect! 


Hit List with 2013 D.I.C.E. Speaker Jenova Chen

Jenova Chen

Every two weeks, the AIAS is honored to partner with Joystiq to post a new feature examining the tastes and influences of video game industry luminaries – what inspires them in the realm of literature, film, music and videogames? What app can they not live without at this moment? And what key elements fortify their game room, living room or den? We are fascinated by what inspires our favorite creative minds and we are sure others will be as well.
 
Today’s Hit List features Jenova Chen, President & Creative Director for thatgamecompany. Take a moment to find out what has influenced Jenova’s games and some information on his session topic at the forthcoming 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit. 
 
To read our Hit List Q&A with 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit Speaker, Jenova Chen.
To read AIAS president Martin Rae on his Q&A with Joystiq introducing the series.


2013 D.I.C.E. SUMMIT 
EARLY REGISTRATION OPEN 

D.I.C.E. 2013The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is pleased to announce that early registration is now open for the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit!  The 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit will be held February 5-8, 2013 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.  The 16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards will be held at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on the evening of February 7, 2013. To register for the D.I.C.E. Summit, please click here.



HIT LIST PARTNERSHIP WITH JOYSTIQ

 Hit ListEvery two weeks, the AIAS is honored to partner with Joystiq to post a new feature examining the tastes and influences of video game industry luminaries – what inspires them in the realm of literature, film, music and videogames? What app can they not live without at this moment? And what key elements fortify their game room, living room or den? We are fascinated by what inspires our favorite creative minds and we are sure others will be as well.

We are going to start off our Hit List with some of the D.I.C.E. Summit speakers that have been announced today – Gearbox Software’s Randy Pitchford, thatgamecompany’s Jenova Chen and Schell Games’ Jesse Schell.  Many other great game makers will follow in the coming weeks. We are sure that many of their answers will surprise you, and perhaps even inspire you to go out and check out some of their recommendations. 

To read AIAS president Martin Rae on his Q&A with Joystiq introducing the series.

To read our Hit List Q&A with 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit speaker, Randy Pitchford.


THE 16TH Annual D.I.C.E. AWARDS

Design. Innovate. Communicate. Entertain. These are the core tenets that power the D.I.C.E. Summit – the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences annual gathering of the best and brightest minds in interactive entertainment and home to our annual Interactive Achievement Awards program.

For 16 years, the Academy has been celebrating the BEST in interactive entertainment. Each year, the Academy and the global game community gather together to celebrate the artistic achievements that continue to push the scope of our medium. As a result, the peer-driven, annual awards have become one of the highest honors to bestow upon a video game and the many talented game makers.  Over the past several years, our members and many supporters independently began referring to our awards program simply as the D.I.C.E. Awards – a nickname celebrating the shared history and principles embodied in the D.I.C.E. Summit moniker.  We began to think that this nickname, coined by our community, served as the best and boldest way to represent our awards. It truly encapsulates what we are all about – the celebration of the amazing innovative and creative forces within the video game and interactive entertainment industry.

Welcome to the 16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards!

To read our exclusive announcement with VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi click here.



2012 AIAS Foundation Scholarship Winners Revealed

Academy Foundation

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has announced the winners for its annual scholarship programs. The scholarships are awarded by the AIAS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the organization.

Congrats to this year’s recipients of the Randy Pausch Scholarships - Kyle Field (University of Wisconsin Stout) and Girish Balakrishnan (Drexel University)! The Randy Pausch Scholarship was established to support students who are pursuing careers specializing in the development of interactive entertainment. 

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Congrats to this year’s recipients of the Mark Beaumont Scholarships - Josephine Tsay (Carnegie Mellon University)  and Jonathan Wine (George Mason University)! The Mark Beaumont Scholarship was established to support students who are pursuing careers specializing in the business of interactive entertainment. 

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For more information on the winners. 

For more information on the AIAS Foundation. 


The AIAS Announces Speaking Session, 
2012 Into the Pixel Art Exhibit at PAX Prime

AIAS + PAX

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce that we will be presenting a session with Riot Games designers, trivia style! This session will be held at the Pegasus Theater in the Sheraton Hotel:

  • 20 Questions with Riot Games: Saturday, September 1st, 4-5 PM
    Fans of Riot Games get a chance to join an interactive panel discussion with Riot Games designers Paul “pabro” Bellezza, Ryan “Morello” Scott and Jeffrey “Lyte” Lin with moderator Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, as they answer questions from their biggest fans.  They will cover topics ranging from the champion creation process in League of Legends to the inside dope on Riot's efforts to transmogrify toxic players into great teammates. Myths will be busted, questions answered, schwag distributed, and petards hoisted, Ziggs style.   

Riot

Additionally, PAX Prime attendees will be able to check out the sixteen pieces from the 2012 Into the Pixel art exhibit.  The Into the Pixel exhibit will be displayed in the Washington State Convention Center, 4th floor.
ITP 2012Check out the PAX Prime schedule here.


AIAS' New Twitter Username!
AIAS Twitter 

We are pleased to announce that we have updated our Twitter username to @Official_AIAS to make it easier for our members and fans to find us! If you already follow us on Twitter, no need to change anything – it automatically updated. If you don't follow us already, feel free to add us to get breaking news from the Academy and get up to speed on industry news.


Submissions for 2012 AIAS Foundation Scholarships Open

Scholarships

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' AIAS Foundation, has announced that submissions for the annual Randy Pausch Scholarship and Mark Beaumont Scholarship are now open. The deadline to apply for the scholarships is June 29, 2012.

The Randy Pausch scholarship, which awards two $2,500 scholarships, was established to honor the memory of Computer Science Professor and Co-Founder of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Randy Pausch. This scholarship has been established to support students who are pursuing careers specializing in the development of interactive entertainment like art, animation, programming, engineering, game direction, game design, sound design, and music composition.

The Mark Beaumont scholarship, which awards two $2,500 scholarships, was established to honor the memory of the previous COO of Capcom North America and Europe, Mark Beaumont. This scholarship has been established to support students who are pursuing careers specializing in the business of interactive entertainment such as executive leadership, law, marketing, public relations, and business development.

For more information about the scholarships, qualifications, and the application form, please visit our scholarship page.


2012 Into the Pixel Submissions Now Open!

Into the Pixel

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced today that submissions for the Into the Pixel (ITP) 2012 exhibit are now open. Created in 2004 by the Entertainment Software Association, ITP is an exploration and celebration of the art of video games from around the world. Into The Pixel features a representative sampling of video game art, selected by a panel of jurors from a field of submissions.

Submissions are open beginning March 19, 2012 and close April 20, 2012. The 2012 ITP Collection will be revealed and featured at the E3 Expo June 5-7, 2012 and tours worldwide.

This year's esteemed group of jurists:

  • Bob Rafei, Big Red Button Entertainment, Founder, CEO and Visual Director
  • Eddo Stern, UCLA Games Lab, Director
  • Glenn Phillips, Getty Research Institute, Senior Project Specialist & Consulting Curator, Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art
  • Ian Milham, Electronic Arts' Visceral Games, Creative Director
  • Jon Gibson, iam8bit, Founder and Partner
  • Matt Hall, Timbuk2 Studios, Senior Partner Production Designer
  • Nora Dolan - Independent Curator
  • Ryan Wilkerson, Microsoft Game Studios, Senior Art Director
  • Seth Spaulding, Blizzard Entertainment, Art Manager
  • Shane Caudle, Epic Games, Principal Artist

For jurist bios.
To submit your piece.
For more information.

For any questions, please visit www.intothepixel.com or contact Debby Chen at debby@interactive.org.


The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Announces Speaking Sessions, Feature Into the Pixel Art Exhibit at PAX East

AIAS+PAX 

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce its debut at PAX East 2012, a three-day game festival for tabletop, videogame, and PC gamers. The AIAS brings to the PAX East Naga Theatre some of the most recognizable and passionate game makers of our time from the prestigious D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit to interact with fans and reflect on the past, present and future of games. 

Additionally, many PAX East attendees will have a first glimpse at the seventeen pieces from the 2011 Into the Pixel art exhibit.  The Into the Pixel exhibit will be displayed in the South East Lobby on level one of the convention center.

Presented by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, the two sessions will be live streamed via Twitch.tv:

  • Best of the 2012 D.I.C.E. Summit: Friday, April 6th, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
    Richard Hilleman, chief creative director, Electronic Arts, will present his session titled: “Games as a Language” and will share how a Hippy, a Chinese World Champion, a New Hampshire Engineer, and two Nobel Prize winners invented the modern video games business, by accident. 
  • Epic Games: Past, Present and Future: Saturday April 7th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Fans of the Gears of Wars franchise will have a chance to get personal with Epic Games Design Director, Cliff Bleszinski and President, Mike Capps.  Listen as they answer 10 questions from their biggest fans on topics relating to design, inspirations and the secrets to staying around for 20 years! Following the 10 questions, Martin Rae, President, AIAS, will get even more in-depth with these two on the past, present and future of this EPIC studio.

View the official release here.

Check out the PAX East schedule here.


15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards Winners Announced

IAAs

The 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards (IAAs) took place this evening, with a veritable who's who of industry talent and this year's hottest titles. Since 1996, the Interactive Achievement Awards have recognized outstanding games, individuals and development teams that have contributed to the advancement of the multi-billion dollar worldwide entertainment software industry.

The night's big winner was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which grabbed Game of the Year honors and a total of five (5) awards in recognition of its excellent storytelling and extensive and immersive world. Other big winners included the blockbuster Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, which was recognized for technical achievements that brought the game to life, walked away with a total of three (3) IAAs. Likewise, the cross-over hit puzzle-platformer Portal 2 walked away with three (3) IAAs. The energetic motion game Fruit Ninja Kinect sliced and diced the competition to come out on top as Casual Game of the Year. Continuing to be a hot topic in the industry, Social and Mobile gaming took flight with Infinity Blade II taking Mobile Game of the Year and The Sims Social winning Social Networking Game of the Year.

Hosted by comedian, actor and proud game enthusiast, Jay Mohr, at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, industry luminaries, development personalities and talent from around the world came together to celebrate, share and comment on the status of the industry and where they see it going in 2012 and beyond. For those who may have missed the live same-day webcast of the IAAs in its entirety on GameSpot.com, the video will continue to be hosted on dice.gamespot.com.

View the official release here.

Check out the winners.


Closure Takes Top Spot at
2012 Indie Game Challenge
 IGC

 The AIAS, GameStop and The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University are proud to announce that Closure was awarded the top prize at the third annual Indie Game Challenge. The winning team was named on the closing night of the annual D.I.C.E. ™ (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit at the Red Rock Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

 $100,000 Grand Prize WinnerIGC Winner Closure

Closure was submitted by San Diego-based Eyebrow Interactive and the three-person team consisting of: Tyler Glaiel, team leader; Jon Schubbe, art/animation; and Chris Rhyne, sound/music.  Closure is a unique and stylistic puzzle platformer that focuses on the concepts of light and shadow.  Players are challenged to manipulate lights to effectively change the shape of the world they're in and bring gameplay objects in and out of existence.  

Category winners include:

Technical Achievement ($2,500): Symphony 
Achievement in Art Direction ($2,500): The Bridge
Achievement in Gameplay ($2,500): The Bridge
Gamer’s Choice Award ($2,500): Nitronic Rush

In addition, for the first time, GameStop gave special recognition to finalist game Symphony by offering a promotional exposure prize on their GameStop PC Download service worth up to $50,000 normally reserved for major game releases. The recipient of the Indie Game Challenge $50,000 SMU scholarship will be announced later this year.

For more information on the competition and to learn more about each of the winners.

View the official release.



 

Nexon America’s Min Kim and Zynga’s Brian Reynolds Join Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ Board of Directors
Min & Brian

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce that Min Kim, vice president of live games at Nexon America, Inc., and Brian Reynolds, chief game designer, Zynga, have been appointed to the AIAS' Board of Directors effective immediately.

As vice president of live games, Min is responsible for all the product initiatives at Nexon America. Prior to co-founding Nexon America, Min launched the Global Edition of Nexon's flagship title, MapleStory. He has made significant contributions to the adoption of digital content cards at retail, and recently launched Karma Koin. He also serves on the America's Advisory Board for the Merchant Risk Council.

A twenty-one-year industry veteran, Brian Reynolds is recognized as one of the industry's most talented and productive game designers. Honored by PC Gamer magazine as one of twenty-five "Game Gods" and one of IGN's "Top 100 Game Creators of All Time," Reynolds played a key role founding three successful videogame studios: Firaxis, Big Huge Games, and Zynga East. At Zynga, Brian led FrontierVille to 35 million players and now helps game teams across the company innovate on social gameplay. 

View the official press release here.

Learn more about our new Board members here.


15th Interactive Achievement Awards Finalists Revealed + GameSpot Media Partnership 

15th IAA

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards (IAAs).  More than a hundred titles were played and evaluated by members of the Academy’s Peer Panels. These panels, one for each award category, are comprised of the game industry’s most experienced and talented men and women who are experts in their chosen fields.  Thank you to our peer panelists for volunteering your time and energy!

GamespotAdditionally, the AIAS is proud to reveal its exclusive partnership with GameSpot for the 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards (IAAs) and the D.I.C.E. Summit. GameSpot will provide live streaming video of the awards ceremony, as well as exclusive online content from the D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit sessions that take place throughout the week.


View the 15th IAA official release.

View the GameSpot media partnership official release.

View the complete list of finalists here.

 


 

TEN FINALISTS NAMED FOR
3rd ANNUAL INDIE GAME CHALLENGE

IGC

 The ten finalists in the 3rd Annual Indie Game ChallengeSM hosted by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University and GameStop, were announced today.  Reflecting the international scope of this year’s Indie Game Challenge, three of the ten finalist teams are from Finland, Sweden and Germany. Returning to host the IGC awards ceremony is Adam Sessler,  host of G4’s X-Play. 

The Indie Game Challenge finalists are eligible for $250,000 in cash and prizes.  Winners will be announced Feb. 10 at the 2012 D.I.C.E.™ (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit at the Red Rock Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. 

The ten finalists include the following (Team/game):

  • Blendo Games - Atom Zombie Smasher
  • Eyebrow Interactive - Closure
  • Zeroscale - Demolition Inc.
  • Team Nitronic - Nitronic Rush
  • Paradox Shift - Paradox Shift
  • EmptyClip Studios, Inc. - Symphony
  • Ty Taylor and Mario Castaneda - The Bridge
  • Team Dream - The Dream Machine
  • The Fourth Team - The Fourth Wall
  • Facepalm Games - The Swapper


For more information on the competition, learn more about each finalists, and vote for the Gamer’s Choice prize, visit: www.IndieGameChallenge.com .

 View official press release here.


AIAS INDUCTS EPIC GAMES’ TIM SWEENEY TO ITS HALL OF FAME; CONFIRMED TO SPEAK AT THE 2012 D.I.C.E. SUMMIT 

Tim

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has announced that Tim Sweeney, founder and chief executive officer of Epic Games, will be the 16th inductee into the AIAS Hall of Fame, and will be taking the stage for the first time at the 2012 D.I.C.E. Summit.  Tim is respected throughout the industry for his technological innovations, advancing many of today’s highly successful PC, console and mobile games. Tim’s development of the Unreal Engine and award-winning franchises such as the “Gears of War” and “Unreal Tournament” series have been catalysts in the evolution of gaming. 

The AIAS Hall of Fame is bestowed on game creators who have been instrumental in the development of highly influential games and moving a particular genre forward. These individuals demonstrate the highest level of creativity and innovation, resulting in significant product influence on a scale that expands the scope of the industry. The 2012 Hall of Fame Award will be presented by Epic Games Vice President Mark Rein at the 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. The Awards will be hosted by actor, comedian and game enthusiast, Jay Mohr. 

More information on Tim at Kotaku’s exclusive interview. 

View the official press release here.

Read Tim’s bio.   


BLIZZARD'S FRANK PEARCE JOINS THE ACADEMY'S BOARD OF DIRECTORSFrank PearceFrank PearceFrank PearceFrank Pearce

Frank Pearce

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce that Frank Pearce has been appointed to the AIAS’ Board of Directors effective immediately. 

Pearce is a cofounder and executive vice president of product development at Blizzard Entertainment, where he plays a critical role in the development of all Blizzard Entertainment games, including the World of Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® series. He brings to the AIAS’ Board more than 20 years of industry experience.

Read Pearce's Bio.

Check out our Q&A with Frank.

View the official press release here.


ACADEMY OF INTERACTIVE ARTS & SCIENCES HONORS ED LOGG AS THE 2012 PIONEER AWARD RECIPIENT

Ed Logg
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has unveiled its 2012 AIAS Pioneer Award recipient, Ed Logg. As an innovator, game designer and programmer, Ed's work contributed to the creation of some of the most iconic entertainment properties – including Asteroids, Centipede, and Gauntlet – arcade games that continue to shape the way that modern games are designed today.

The Pioneer Awards is reserved for individuals whose career-spanning work has helped shape and define the interactive entertainment industry with the creation of a technological approach or the birth of a new genre. The 2012 Pioneer Award will be presented by Mark Cerny, president, Cerny Games, at the 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas.

More information on Ed at Wired.com's exclusive interview.

View the official press release here.


SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE 15TH ANNUAL INTERACTIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

15th Annual IAA

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences proudly invites its members of the publishing and development communities to nominate titles for the 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards now through December 2, 2011. Award winners will be announced at the Interactive Achievement Awards ceremony on February 9, 2012, at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas.

The Academy is thrilled to share its celebration of the best in interactive entertainment with both its members and their fans. We look forward to working with everyone to ensure that this year’s awards are better than ever.
 

Academy Corporate Member Submissions Materials

Rules and Procedures

Submissions Form


REGISTER FOR OUR AIAS SWEEPSTAKES!

AIAS Newsletter

New sign-ups for the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) newsletter are eligible to win a Kindle or 5-game prize pack. Stay up-to-date on all news and updates from AIAS events like the D.I.C.E. Summit, Interactive Achievement Awards, Indie Game Challenge and Into the Pixel.  Don’t miss out on exciting features like exclusive Q&A’s with industry luminaries. Sign up now to enter 

 
Fine Print: Sweepstakes limited to new-signups for the AIAS mailing list, one entry per person with a valid email address. Four random winners will be selected to receive either (1) Kindle or (1) 5-game prize pack. Registration for the sweepstakes begins October 7, 2011 at 6 a.m. PST and ends December 29, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Four winners will be drawn from a pool of entrants and selected December 30, 2011. Winners will be contacted January 3, 2011 via email. Prizes will be shipped out within 10 days of selection. The 5-game prize pack will include games released between January 1, 2011 and December 30, 2011. The AIAS cannot guarantee which video games will be provided as the prize. Entrants are not allowed to request specific video game titles. The AIAS cannot guarantee which Kindle model will be provided as the prize. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older, proof must be provided.  Entrants must live in the continental United States. Winners may not request cash value in lieu of the prizes nor can they request to exchange any prize for another item. No proof of purchase is necessary. ARV for 5-game prize pack is $300 and Kindle is $139.


Indie Game Challenge Submissions Close October 3rd

Indie Game Challenge

Make sure to submit your indie game project before the submission deadline, October 3rd.  Up for grabs: a $100,000 grand prize, a $50,000 scholarship, one-on-one meetings with AAA publishers and multiple avenues for game developers across the globe to break into the industry.

Significant accomplishments from the 2011 IGC finalists:

  • IGC non—professional category winner, team : Two members from Team Hermes are working with Red Fly Studio to publish their game
  • Finalist Subsonic just had their game SONAR published on Google Chrome
  • IGC finalist Toxic Games plans to release their debut title, Q.U.B.E.  in late 2011 to early 2012
  • IGC Finalist Vanessa Saint-Pierre Delacroix & Her Nightmare from Pilcrow Games is now available on PC from Big Fish Games
  • IGC professional category winner Playdead’s LIMBO was released on PS3 and Steam

For more information, please visit: www.indiegamchallenge.com or view the press release here.


Google’s Seth Ladd Joins the Academy’s Board of Directors

Seth

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce that Seth Ladd has been appointed to the AIAS’ Board of Directors effective immediately. Ladd currently serves as Developer Advocate at Google, focusing on Chrome and browser-based games. He brings to the AIAS’ Board more than 15 years of experience in web engineering.

"I'm humbled to be accepted into the Academy's Board,” said Seth Ladd, developer advocate, Google. “I look forward to representing Google as we all work together to promote and advance gaming in interactive entertainment in the digital age."

Ladd is a web software engineer, an author, and a conference organizer. He holds a degree in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology.
For the full press release, please check here.


2011 AIAS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

2011 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the four winners for the AIAS’ annual scholarship programs!  We are proud to announce the two recipients of the Randy Pausch Scholarship - Hunter Ian Hart (Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy), Melissa Kronenberger (Savannah College of Art & Design) and the two recipients of the Mark Beaumont Scholarship - Logan McEwan (Florida State University, College of Law) and Joshua Cain (Duke University, Fuqua School of Business).  The scholarships were awarded by the AIAS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the organization.

 You can find more information on the winners here.


THIRD ANNUAL INDIE GAME CHALLENGE NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES 

Indie Game Challenge

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, The Guildhall at SMU and GameStop are pleased to announce that the third annual Indie Game Challenge is now open until October 3, 2011. Aspiring video game developers have a chance to compete for $250,000 in prizes.

Judging will be conducted by panels hand-selected from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ membership base.  Winners have the opportunity to split up almost $250,000 in prize monies and scholarships, including a $100,000 grand prize award to the winning game.  Finalists have an opportunity for unprecedented  exposure - their pitch videos will be promoted on GameStop.com and GameStop TV where they will be seen by millions of people and be eligible for additional prize money and People’s Choice Award voting. Members of each finalist team will have the opportunity of a lifetime and will be flown to Las Vegas to attend the prestigious D.I.C.E. Summit, have an opportunity to showcase their games to top publishers in the video game industry set up by the IGC and attend the Indie Game Challenge Awards next February. 
For additional information, visit www.indiegamechallenge.com or e-mail indiehelp@smu.edu


2011 Into the Pixel Winners

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences and the Entertainment Software Association are pleased to announce the winning pieces of the 2011 Into the Pixel collection.  These works of art will be unveiled and displayed at this year’s E3 Expo from June 7-9, 2011 in the Concourse Foyer.

Please visit www.intothepixel.com to see high-res images of the art work, artist background and juror information.

For a full list of winners, please visit: Link


ACADEMY OF INTERACTIVE ARTS & SCIENCES SEEDS SPEAKERS FOR FMX 2011 GAMES, AIAS VISUAL ARTS TRACK

FMX 2011

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has announced the final Games, AIAS Visual Arts Track for FMX 2011, the 16th conference for animation, effects, games and interactive media, to be held in Stuttgart, Germany May 3-6.  FMX is the premiere European event for leading experts in the creation, production, and distribution of digital entertainment and interactive visualization.  In addition to the conference, there are networking, technical demonstrations, conference papers and recruiting events for its participants. AIAS president Martin Rae, will host the AIAS Games track. 

To view a full list of the Games track, please check here: LINK


AIAS Foundation Scholarship Submissions Now Open!

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ AIAS Foundation is pleased to announce that submissions for their Randy Pausch Scholarship and Mark Beaumont Scholarship are now open.

Randy Pausch Scholarship Fund

The Randy Pausch scholarship, which awards two $2,500 scholarships, was established to honor the memory of Computer Science Professor and Co-Founder of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Randy Pausch. This scholarship has been established to support students who are pursuing careers specializing in the development of interactive entertainment like art, animation, programming, engineering, game direction, game design, sound design, and music composition. 

Mark Beaumont Scholarship Fund

The Mark Beaumont scholarship, which awards two $2,500 scholarships, was established to honor the memory of the previous COO of Capcom North America and Europe, Mark Beaumont. This scholarship has been established to support students who are pursuing careers specializing in the business of interactive entertainment such as executive leadership, law, marketing, public relations, and business development.

For more information about the scholarships and qualifications, as well as applications, is available online on our scholarships page. The deadline to apply for scholarships is June 30, 2011.


IAA Highlights Show + Select D.I.C.E. Summit Sessions Available on Xbox LIVE

Xbox Live & AIAS

The AIAS is pleased to announce that highlights from its 14th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards and select sessions from the 10th Annual D.I.C.E. Summit are available beginning Thursday, March 31, 2011 for download on Xbox LIVE  free of charge. 

The IAA Show highlights will feature the Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction and other select categories.  Bing Gordon and his Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech, “The Golden Age of Gaming,” will also be shown in its entirety. 

The select D.I.C.E. Summit sessions will include:

  • Richard Garriott, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Portalarium, and his session titled, “Achieving the Impossible – Creating Games and Gateways to Space!”
  • John Stevenson, filmmaker and director of Kung Fu Panda, speaking on passion and pursuing his dreams as an animator in his session titled, “Monsters, Muppets and Movies”
  • Dr. Dave Gallo, Director at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, speaks on “Exploring the Ocean Deep in 3D: To the Titanic and Beyond”


ADDITIONAL IAA TROPHIES AND PLAQUES NOW AVAILABLE

Ajax Trophy

The brand new Awards Marketplace is now open, offering IAA winners and finalists the opportunity to purchase additional trophies, plaques, and certificate stands for their offices and studio trophy cases.

To purchase additional Interactive Achievement Awards, visit http://www.societyawards.com/aias-awards/.


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2011 INDIE GAME CHALLENGE WINNERS: PLAYDEAD, TEAM HERMES

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2011 Indie Game Challenge!

Professional $100,000 Grand Prize and $15,000 EEDAR DesignMetrics® Winner: LIMBO

LIMBO Winners

LIMBO was submitted by Playdead, an independent game studio based in Copenhagen, Denmark. LIMBO, a 2D sidescroller puzzle-platform video game released on Xbox Live Arcade, is Playdead’s first production with Arnt Jensen as Game Director.

Non-professional $100,000 Grand Prize and $15,000 EEDAR DesignMetrics® Winner: Inertia

Inertia Winners

Inertia was submitted by Team Hermes, an eight-person team from The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University. Inertia, recently published on Xbox Live Arcade, is a 2D platform arcade game in which an astronaut tries to escape a space station on the verge of collapse, allowing players to manipulate gravity and travel across the galaxy.

Category winners include:

  • Kongregate Award: Symon
  • Technical Achievement ($2,500): Inertia
  • Achievement in Art Direction ($2,500): LIMBO
  • Achievement in Gameplay ($2,500): Inertia
  • Gamer’s Choice Award ($10,000): Inertia


TUNE IN TO G4 FEBRUARY 12, 2011 FOR THE INTERACTIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

14th IAA/G4

G4 will be showing a one-hour special for the AIAS’ 14th Interactive Achievement Awards.  Be sure to tune-in on Saturday, February 12th at 4 PM ET/PT. 


MASS EFFECT 2 TAKES 14th ANNUAL INTERACTIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS' GAME OF THE YEAR

14th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards

The evening of Thursday, February 10th was the 14th Interactive Achievement Awards ceremony hosted by Jay Mohr.  It was a great night to celebrate the creative talent of this industry. 
 
The 14th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards celebrates the games of great creative minds, but more importantly, the people behind these projects.  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.
 
You can see a full list of the winners here.


DICE 2011 KEYNOTE PANEL ANNOUNCED

AIAS Hall of Fame Recipients Mike Morhaime, Bruce Shelley, Mark Cerny, Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk to Take the Stage

The AIAS is pleased to announce today that their distinguished Hall of Famers’ from the past four years – Mike Morhaime (2008 Hall of Fame), Bruce Shelley (2009 Hall of Fame), Mark Cerny (2010 Hall of Fame), Dr. Ray Muzyka (2011 Hall of Fame) and Dr. Greg Zeschuk (2011 Hall of Fame) - will participate in the keynote panel for the 2011 D.I.C.E. Summit. These five video game luminaries will be conducting a lively discussion, debate and predict the next frontier of interactive entertainment.  The keynote panel will be moderated by Seth Schiesel, long time video games journalist for The New York Times.

To find out more and to register for D.I.C.E. 2011, please go to the D.I.C.E. Summit 2011 website!

Make sure that you register for the D.I.C.E. Summit before the extended registration deadline, midnight (PST) on Monday, January 31st!  You don’t want to miss this fantastic panel of video game industry luminaries.


BILL BUDGE NAMED AS 2ND AIAS PIONEER AWARD RECIPIENT

Bill Budge

The Pioneer Award recognizes the contributions made by the men and women who helped to create the interactive entertainment industry. Budge has been an innovator in the video game space for more than 30 years and is recognized for a number of advancements in software engineering technologies that have helped pave the way for past and present generations of game designers everywhere.

The Pioneer Award will be presented by Don Daglow, president and creative director, Daglow Entertainment, at the 14th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, during the 2011 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, and Entertain) Summit on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. The awards will be hosted by actor, comedian and game enthusiast Jay Mohr.

For more information please visit our press page.


AIAS + GameStop + The Guildhall at SMU Announce the 12 Finalists for the 2nd Indie Game Challenge

Indie Game Challenge

The Indie Game Challenge finalists, which includes six non-professional and six professional teams, are eligible for more than $350,000 in prize monies and scholarships. Winners will be announced February 11th at the D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. Hosting the IGC awards ceremony for the second year in a row is Adam Sessler, Editor-in-Chief of Game Content for the G4 Network and Host of G4’s “X-Play.”

The 12 finalists include:  

Non-Professional Category (Team/game)

  • Hazard - Hazard: The Journey of Life
  • One Man Down  - Solace
  • Team Height Advantage - Subsonic
  • Team Hermes - Inertia
  • Toxic Games - Q.U.B.E.
  • ZZZ Games - Symon

Professional Category (Team/game)

  • Bad Pilcrow - Vanessa Saint-Pierre Delacroix And Her Nightmare
  • Nemesys Games - Fortix 2
  • Playdead - LIMBO
  • Pocketwatch Games - Monaco
  • Spaces of Play - Spirits
  • SpikySnail Games - Confetti Carnival

For more information on the Indie Game Challenge, please view the press release.


AIAS ANNOUNCES ITS 14TH INTERACTIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS NOMINEES

14th Annual Interactive Achievement AwardsThe Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) today announced the finalists for the 14th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards (IAAs).

Red Dead Redemption, ENSLAVED: Odyssey to the WestGod of War IIICall of Duty: Black OpsHeavy RainAssassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Mass Effect 2, Dance CentralLIMBO and Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty received multiple nods for IAAs.

The awards ceremony will take place during the D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit 2011 on Thursday, February 10th at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, hosted by comedian, actor and proud game enthusiast, Jay Mohr, returning for his sixth year as host.  This year’s IAAs will be broadcasted on G4 with a one-hour special and will air on Saturday, February 12th at 4pm ET / PT . This media partnership will also include a live same-day webcast of the IAAs in its entirety on G4tv.com/DICE at 7:30pm PT / 10:30pm ET. 

You can view a full list of the nominees here.

You can view the release announcement on our press page.


AIAS NAMES BING GORDON AS ITS FIFTH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT AND WILL OPEN DICE SUMMIT ON FEBRUARY 11

Bing Gordon

The AIAS has announced that Bing Gordon, currently partner at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, will be the fifth AIAS Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.  The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes contributions of individuals to the interactive entertainment industry outside of game makers. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented by Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft, at the 14th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, at the 2011 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas.  He is also confirmed to take the stage and speaking to the D.I.C.E. 2011 audience on Friday, February 11th.

Previous AIAS Lifetime Achievement Award inductees include Doug Lowenstein, Howard Lincoln, Minoru Arakawa and Ken Kutaragi. 

You can find more information by viewing the press release.


THE AIAS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE G4 AS THEIR MEDIA PARTNER FOR THE 2011 INTERACTIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

14th Annual IAA & G4

G4 and AIAS announced today that the network will become the exclusive broadcast partner of the 14th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards (IAAs). The IAAs will take place Thursday, February 10, 2011 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. 

G4’s one-hour IAAs special – hosted for the sixth year in a row by comedian, actor and spirited game enthusiast Jay Mohr – will air on Saturday, February 12th at 4pm ET / PT . This media partnership will also include a live same-day webcast of the IAAs in its entirety on G4tv.com/DICE as well as exclusive online content of the D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit sessions and the Indie Game Challenge that take place throughout the week.

For more information, please view the press release.


THE AIAS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES ITS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT WINNERS

AIAS Foundation Scholarships

Congratulations to AIAS Foundation’s Randy Pausch scholarship winners,Stephen Campbell of Lebanon Valley College and Grant Kao of The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University! The Randy Pausch Scholarship was established by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences in 2008 to honor the memory of Computer Science Professor and Co-Founder of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Randy Pausch. The scholarship has been established to support students who are pursuing careers specializing in the development of interactive entertainment. 

Congratulations to AIAS Foundation’s Mark Beaumont scholarship winners, Lu-Yu Huang of Carnegie Mellon and Justin Nesbit of The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University! The Mark Beaumont Scholarship was established by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences in 2010 to honor the memory of COO of Capcom North America and Europe, Mark Beaumont.  This scholarship has been established to support students who are pursuing careers specializing in the business of interactive entertainment. 

The AIAS Foundation is proud to help video game students achieve their educational goals through our scholarship program.


JOSEPH OLIN RESIGNS FROM ACADEMY OF INTERACTIVE ARTS & SCIENCES; AIAS BOARD INTRODUCES NEW ORGANIZATION PRESIDENT, MARTIN RAE 

 Martin Rae

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences announced today that Joseph Olin has stepped down as President of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.  Succeeding him as President will be Mr. Martin Rae who will continue the Academy’s role as a champion for the talented men and women who drive the $21 billion interactive entertainment industry.  

Olin will be working with Rae and the Board through the end of the year to insure that the 10th iteration of the D.I.C.E. Summit and 14th Interactive Achievement Awards are successful.

You can view more details here.


AIAS and IGDA File a Joint Amicus Brief in Defense of Members' Freedom of Expression

AIAS & IGDA

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) and the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) announced today that they collaborated in submitting to the U.S. Supreme Court an amicus brief in support of upholding federal trial court and appellate court rulings that a California statute is unconstitutional, and that video games are a constitutionally protected form of expression.  The AIAS and the IGDA provided in its brief background and information of today’s expressive, complex video games and argued that overturning the lower court decisions and upholding the California statute would undermine its members’ freedom of expression.  Oral arguments will take place November 2, 2010 at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. for the case, Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association and Entertainment Software Association.

You can view more details and a summary of the amicus brief here.
 
You can view the full amicus brief filed to the U.S. Supreme Court here.

AIAS AND THE GUILDHALL AT SMU ANNOUNCE SECOND ACADEMY SCHOLAR RECIPIENT

The Guildhall

The AIAS and The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University announced that Victoria Smith, a graduate student at SMU as this year’s Academy Scholar and recipient of a $10,000 scholarship award.  This marks the second year for the biannual scholarship that recognizes students who exemplify the AIAS’ commitment to advancing the interactive entertainment industry.

To see the full press release, visit our press page.


MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

Supreme court

"Most gamers may not realize it, but our art form is facing its most serious challenge to date. The US Supreme Court is reviewing a California law which, if upheld, would change the game industry as we know it. This law would make it a crime for retailers in California to sell games with mature content to minors. It would also introduce a new "18" label using a new and ambiguously defined ratings system despite the fact that all games are already clearly labeled by the ESRB.

Not only would this law abrogate game makers' constitutional rights it would have a chilling effect on the industry. And given the significance of this case, if the law is upheld, we can expect similar laws to follow in many other states. We could enter an era where games join other restricted items such as alcohol, tobacco and firearms.

If you believe that games deserve to be afforded the same constitutional protection as other media, if you believe that the government should stay out of parenting and if you believe that games are a legitimate art form, speak up! Write your representatives in Congress and tell them what you think. The easiest way to do this is to join the Video Game Voter's Network and with a few mouse clicks, make yourself heard.

Here is some great information which goes into more depth on what's happening." - Ted Price, CEO, Insomniac Games

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ACADEMY ANNOUNCES MARK BEAUMONT SCHOLARSHIP

Mark Beaumont Scholarship

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has announced a new academic scholarship in honor of Mark Beaumont, former COO of Capcom North America and Europe who passed away suddenly on February 23, 2010. The endowment was established by the AIAS Foundation to support students in pursuit of careers in the business of interactive entertainment. The AIAS will award four yearly $2,500 scholarships to students attending accredited universities.

View a full press release on our press page.

If you are interested in donating to the Mark Beaumont Scholarship Fund, visit our Paypal donation page using the following link:

 


SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE 14TH ANNUAL INTERACTIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 

 14th Annual Interactive Achievement AwardsThe  Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences proudly invites its members of the publishing and development communities to nominate titles for the 14th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards now through December 3, 2010. Award winners will be announced at the Interactive Achievement Awards ceremony on February 10, 2011, at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas.

The Interactive Achievement Awards were broadcast last year on television and online through the Independent Film Channel (IFC), reaching more than 1 million viewers. This year, the awards will be part of a new, expanded media partnership that continues to showcase the artistic accomplishments of great game makers and great games. The Academy is thrilled to share its celebration of the best in interactive entertainment with both its members and their fans.

As part of its partnership with the International Game Developers Association, the Academy also invites member companies of the IGDA to nominate titles for craft award consideration for the 14th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards.

Academy Member Submissions Materials

Academy Submission Rules & Procedures

Academy Submission Packet

IGDA Member Submissions Materials

IGDA Submission Rules & Procedures

IGDA Submission Packet


AIAS AT THE BRAILLE INSTITUTE’S SPORTS CAR RALLYE

Braille InstituteOn Saturday, August 7, 2010, the AIAS supported and participated in the Braille Institute’s annual Sports Car Rallye event.  Braille students from all over southern California from as far as Santa Barbara to San Diego came to participate in this great event.  Each volunteer “driver” was partnered with a student “navigator” in a race to get to an undisclosed location in Southern California that ended up in Huntington Beach.  The AIAS along with Microsoft Game Studios donated hardware and video games in support of their raffle – including a brand new XBOX 360 slim console!  Over $1,600 was raised at the event in support of the organization.

Picture of Rallye


JULY GAME DECONSTRUCTION GROUP EXAMINES RED DEAD REDEMPTION

Game Deconstruction GroupThe Game Deconstruction Group (GDG) operates with a simple premise: students from the University of Southern California game design program play through and critically examine a current title before a panel of 20-30 game makers.  This Academy program provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding of game design and fosters terrific dialogue between game makers about contemporary titles. The most recent gathering of the GDG took place July 22, 2010 and was hosted by Activision at their headquarters in Santa Monica, CA.
 
To read more about the event, visit our Game Deconstruction Group page.


SECOND ANNUAL INDIE GAME CHALLENGE GOES GLOBAL, KICKS-OFF WITH MORE THAN $350,000 IN PRIZES, SCHOLARSHIPS AT STAKE

Indie Game Challenge logoLOS ANGELES, Calif. – (May 3, 2010) – The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) and The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University today announced the kickoff of the second annual Indie Game Challenge. The competition has been expanded to include international professional and amateur video game developers competing in different categories for two grand prizes of $100,000 each plus additional prize monies and scholarships in excess of $350,000.

The 2011 Indie Game Challenge is open for entries now through Oct. 1, 2010. Teams are required to register at www.IndieGameChallenge.com and submit a working beta copy of their game as well as a pitch video. Complete details and official rules can be found on the website.

To see the full press release, visit our press page.


MAY GAME DECONSTRUCTION GROUP EXAMINES HEAVY RAIN

Game Deconstruction GroupThe Game Deconstruction Group examines the most critically and commercially acclaimed video games in order to answer the question: what makes great games great? At the gathering held on May 21, 2010, game makers discussed Quantic Dream's cinematic title Heavy Rain. The attendees, consisting of designers, artists, programmers, and producers from game companies across Southern California, shared their insights on the two games during an evening of food, laughter, and good-natured debate.
 
To read more about the event, visit our Game Deconstruction Group page.


SEE THE ENTIRE 13TH ANNUAL INTERACTIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS ON IFC.COM

13th Annual IAA'sJay Mohr

View a full press release with winners on our press page.


INDIE GAME CHALLENGE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Indie Game Challenge logoTwo $100,000 grand prize champions and seperate category winners unveiled in Las Vegas.

The winners of the inaugural Indie Game Challenge sponsored by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), Gamestop Corp. (NYSE: GME), and The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University were announced tonight in Las Vegas following the conclusion of the D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit at the Red Rock Resort & Casino. The awards ceremony was hosted by Adam Sessler, host of G4's "X-Play" (weeknights at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT), and editor-in-chief of games content for G4tv.com.

To view more information and a list of winners see our press page.

To view the entire Indie Game Challenge Awards, visit G4tv.com.

Submissions for the 2nd Indie Games Challenge will open around May 1, 2010. Keep checking back for exact date! For more information on Indie Games Challenge visit IndieGamesChallenge.com.

Gear Winners

COGS Winners


ADDITIONAL IAA TROPHIES AND PLAQUES AVAILABLE

Ajax trophyThe Awards Marketplace is now open, offering IAA winners and finalists the opportunity to purchase additional trophies, plaques, and certificate stands for their offices and studio trophy cases.

To purchase additional Interactive Achievement Awards, visit http://www.aias-society-awards.com.


D.I.C.E. SUMMIT 2010 WAS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL TO DATE!

DICE 2010To check out some of the incredible sessions, visit G4tv.com.