The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) and Video Games Intelligence (VGI) have announced the first European version of the D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit. DICE Europe will take place at the Royal Garden Hotel on September 24-25, 2013.
"With the explosive growth in mobile and new console experiences launching this year, we feel the time is right to bring the DICE experience to Europe," said AIAS president Martin Rae. "We had our most successful DICE Summit yet in the U.S., and look forward to working with our partner, Video Games Intelligence, to establish a similar opportunity for European industry luminaries to gather and share insights. London is a key, long-term gaming hub and the ideal spot to launch the newest DICE Extension."
"Video Games Intelligence have been organizing and hosting c-level gatherings for the interactive entertainment industry since 2010. The growth of digital distribution, proliferation of mobile devices and emergence of new consoles makes this a pivotal time for the future of games," said Alex Manessi, head of Video Games Intelligence. " DICE is the premier place for the decision makers that shape the industry to meet, do business and learn and with the disruption in games today, there has never been a better time to launch this strong brand in the European market."
The first speakers for DICE Europe include:
- Rich Hilleman, Chief Creative Director of Electronic Arts, who started developing product with Chuck Yeager's Flight Simulator and continued on with some of the most beloved EA titles.
- Victor Kislyi, CEO and founder of Wargaming.net, and the leading visionary behind the blockbuster World of Tanks, the Massive Assault series, as well as the highly-anticipated World of Warplanes and World of Warships action MMOs.
- Peter Molyneux, CEO and founder of 22cans, the visionary designer and programmer who was the AIAS' 2004 Hall of Fame inductee who created Dungeon Keeper, Populous, Black & White and recently Curiosity - What's Inside the Cube?
- Torsten Reil, CEO and founder of NaturalMotion, who has been named amongst MIT's TR100 global top innovators, Next-Gen's 25 People in the Games Industry, and Develop magazine's 25 Game Changers