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Valve's Gabe Newell to Keynote At D.I.C.E.

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2009 @ 4:42 p.m. PST

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences announced that Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve, creators of Half-Life, Counter-Strike, etc..., and PC gaming technologies (Source, Steam) will give a keynote address at the 2009 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit.

The event will be held at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, February 17-20, 2009 and feature a line-up of industry leaders, visionaries and decision makers that are shaping the future of interactive entertainment.

“Gabe Newell and Valve have become a force for innovation in gaming over the past a decade, creating some of the best-selling games of all time and a ground-breaking platform for PC entertainment,” said Joseph Olin, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “His perspective and vision of the games industry are a welcome addition to this year’s D.I.C.E. Summit, and will greatly contribute to the high-profile line-up.”

The D.I.C.E. Summit 2009 will also play host to the 12th annual Interactive Achievement Awards(R) ceremony on February 19, where industry leaders and members pay tribute and recognize the individuals and products that contribute to the growth of the interactive entertainment software business. Comedian, actor and proud game enthusiast, Jay Mohr will return for his fourth year to host the award festivities.

Announced speakers include:

  • Dan Bilson, THQ.
  • Chris Cao, Sony Online Entertainment
  • N'Gai Croal, Newsweek
  • Michael Denny, Sony Corp. EU
  • Anita Frazier, NPD Research
  • Julianne Greer, The Escapist
  • Lars Gustavsson, D.I.C.E. Studios/EA
  • Michael Haigh, SCE Worldwide Studios
  • Mona Hamilton, Capcom
  • Rich Hilleman, Electronic Arts
  • Todd Howard, Bethesda Studios
  • Geoff Keighley, Spike TV
  • Alex Laurent, LucasArts/ILM
  • Ralph Osterhout, Serial Inventor
  • David Perry, Acclaim Entertainment
  • Ted Price, Insomniac Games
  • J. Paul Raines, Gamestop
  • John Riccitiello, Electronic Arts
  • Seth Schiesel, New York Times
  • Bruce Shelley, Ensemble Studios
  • Mike Snider, USA Today
  • Jun Takeuchi, Capcom
  • Chris Taylor, Gas Powered Games

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