Jesse Harlin

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Jesse Harlin chats with Austin Wintory to discuss his formative years in music, his history with LucasArts and Star Wars, becoming an independent composer, and  delving into new music genres with Valorant. 

Jesse is best known for being the composer for Mafia IIIStar Wars: The Old RepublicStar Wars: The Force Unleashed, and Riot's recently released competitive shooter, Valorant

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Rita Ann Zimmerer

AIAS Founding Member and Sunsoft EVP Passes Away

Our wife, mother, sister, aunt, and dear friend, Rita Ann Zimmerer, passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at her home in Long Grove, IL. Rita was instrumental in the video gaming industry where she served as the Executive Vice President at Sunsoft helping design, develop and distribute over 100 video games for Nintendo, Sega, and Sony systems. During her career, she was a Founding Director of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Science, where she was awarded the Warner Brother’s Presidents Award, and selected to Orange County Metropolitan’s Top Ten Businesswomen in Orange County, California in March 1994.

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2019 AIAS Foundation Scholars @ #DICE2020

Recently the 2019/2020 AIAS Foundation scholars attended the 2020 D.I.C.E. Summit for an all-expense paid trip to the annual executive leadership conference. Before the start of the conference the scholars were provided a day of professional workshop training, including courses on professional communications, resume/biography reviews and networking tips. 

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23rd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Winners Revealed

The votes are in and a fan-favorite independent game is ruling the roost at the 23rd D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Awards, the annual gathering of the interactive entertainment industry. Hosted by The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), this year’s Game of the Year was awarded to Untitled Goose Game, a critically-acclaimed game from indie developer House House and publisher Panic, in which players take the reins of the titular goose to manipulate and torment the inhabitants of a proper little English village. ...

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Connie Booth - AIAS Hall of Fame

to be presented at the 23rd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is pleased to announce its 24th Hall of Fame recipient, Connie Booth, Vice President of Product Development at Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE). Booth has been integral in helping produce many beloved SIE titles over the past 25 years.

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DICE Dubrovnik

Looking back at the sights and sounds from beautiful Croatia

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) was proud to host our latest international conference stop in the gorgeous city of Dubrovnik, Croatia this past September. At the multi-award-winning Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, attendees were treated to intimate networking sessions, majestic views of the Adriatic Sea and unforgettable memories in Old Town Dubrovnik. In case you missed it, here are some of our favorite highlights from the conference.

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