Overwatch Visionary Game Director Jeff Kaplan Announced as 2017 D.I.C.E. Summit Wednesday Conference Opening Keynote

Industry Leaders from Magic Leap, Marvel Games and Insomniac Games
discuss World Building

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is pleased to announce
four new speakers and seven new roundtable discussion leaders for the
2017 D.I.C.E. Summit (#DICE2017), taking place Feb. 21-23 at the
Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Speakers will examine various aspects
that drive World Building – from building prosperous creative
communities that welcome and nurture player communities to the many ways
we chase new technologies that offer a glimpse of tomorrow, today.

New 2017 D.I.C.E. Summit Speakers Announced

The D.I.C.E. conference opening keynote will be presented by Blizzard
Entertainment’s Jeff Kaplan, who serves as the game director and
one of the creative vision-holders for Overwatch and previously
acted as game director for World of Warcraft, the company’s
acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game. His
presentation, “Overwatch: How Blizzard Created a Hopeful Vision
of the Future,” examines how Blizzard decided to explore a new
world—planet Earth—and how great challenges became great opportunities.

Additional new speakers to take the 2017 D.I.C.E. Summit stage:

  • Graeme Devine – Magic Leap’s Chief Game Wizard, Graeme
    is responsible for defining the vision and leading Magic Leap’s Mixed
    Reality gaming universe. In his D.I.C.E. session, “Into the
    ,” Devine will discuss how Mixed Reality will change our
    lives in the future and how we can create compelling gaming content
    that propels us forward – that enhances our lives through the Mixed
    Reality universe.
  • Ted Price, CEO and Founder, Insomniac Games – Price will be
    joining Jason Rubin, head of content at Oculus for a fireside chat –
    “Jason and Ted’s Excellent VR Panel” – where they discuss their
    takeaways from the first year of widely available VR content and what
    the future of VR gaming holds.
  • Bill Rosemann, Creative Director, Marvel Games – Rosemann will
    be discussing “World Building the Marvel Way” and reveal how The House
    of Ideas not only crafts fictional realms, but also strives to shape
    the world around us.

These industry experts will join previously announced speakers: Bonnie
, Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Head of 343 Industries;
and Jason Rubin, Head of Content, Oculus.

New Roundtable Leaders Confirmed

Additional roundtable leaders have been confirmed for the 2017 D.I.C.E.
Summit, including: Alan Abdine, SVP of Business Development at
Roosterteeth; Alexander Fernandez, Streamline Studios; Todd
, CEO and Founder of VREAL; Patric Palm, Chair and CEO
of Hansoft; Gus Sorola, Co-Founder at Roosterteeth; Attila
, Founder & CEO of Massively Multiplayer Online Science; and Feargus
, CEO of Obsidian Entertainment. You can read information
about their roundtable topics about learn about additional leaders here: http://www.dicesummit.org/events/2017_roundtables.asp

To register for the D.I.C.E. Summit and Awards Show, visit www.dicesummit.org
for the regular registration rates. Prices go up to late registration
rates on Friday, January 20, 2017.


Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
Debby Chen, 310-484-2556