The AIAS to Host More Video Game Professionals Than Ever Before
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CALABASAS, Calif. - January 24, 2008 - The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences [span style="font-size:7pt"]®[/span] (AIAS) announced today that the D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit [span style="font-size:7pt"]®[/span] 2008 has sold out after receiving a record-breaking number of registration submissions from video game industry professionals planning to attend this year's event. As the most successful year for attendance, the Summit has reached its planned capacity for the first time since its inception in 2002. Based on possible cancellations, the AIAS will continue to keep a waiting list for interested attendees for the high-level interactive entertainment event being held in Las Vegas at the Red Rock Resort, February 6-8, 2008.
In an effort to maintain the integrity of the high-end, intimate conference designed to serve Academy members, the AIAS has always limited the number of attendees. The conference has attracted a dynamic line-up of high-profile industry leaders to discuss topics relevant to the current state of the video game industry, developing trends, and key issues facing publishers and business leaders.
The D.I.C.E. Summit 2008 will also play host to the 11th annual Interactive Achievement Awards [span style="font-size:7pt"]®[/span] ceremony on February 7, where industry leaders and members recognize the individuals and products that contribute to the growth of the interactive entertainment software business. Favored comedian, actor and proud game enthusiast, Jay Mohr will return for his third year to host the award festivities.
**Registration for the Interactive Achievement Awards ceremony is still open and available; this includes the sponsored Game Invasion Pre-Party in the Cherry Nightclub and the COX Cosmic Bowling post-party, both located at the Red Rock Resort. To register for the awards ceremony only, please visit:
The Interactive Achievement Awards can be viewed live for the first time via webcast on GameSpot ( www.gamespot.com) and Comcast HD Video on Demand. This gives game enthusiasts worldwide the opportunity to experience the excitement first-hand as the coveted Interactive Achievement Awards are presented to the geniuses and giants behind the most popular video games of the year.
About the Academy of Interactive Arts&Sciences
The Academy of Interactive Arts&Sciences (AIAS) was founded in 1996 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of the interactive arts. The Academy's mission is to promote and advance common interests in the worldwide interactive entertainment community; recognize outstanding achievements in the interactive arts and sciences; and conduct an annual awards show (Interactive Achievement Awards) to enhance awareness of the interactive art form. The Academy also strives to provide a voice for individuals in the interactive entertainment community. In 2002 the Academy created the D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit, a once yearly conference dedicated to exploring approaches to the creative process and artistic expression as they uniquely apply to the development of interactive entertainment. The Academy has over 12,000 members, with the board comprised of senior executives from the major videogame companies including Bioware/Pandemic, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Insomniac Games, Microsoft, Nintendo of America, Sony, THQ and Ubisoft. More information on the AIAS, the Interactive Achievement Awards and the nominees can be found at http://www.interactive.org.
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Geri Gordon Miller
Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences