J.J Abrams, Star Trek (now Star Wars) director and the brains behind the TV show Lost, will team up with Valve boss Gabe Newell to deliver the keynote address entitled “Storytelling Across Platforms: Who Benefits Most, the Audience or the Player?” at DICE Summit 2013 next week.
“From TV to film and now award-winning mobile apps, there’s no question that J.J. has his finger on the pulse of the entertainment industry, and we’re thrilled to welcome him and our 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, Gabe Newell, to the DICE stage,” said Martin Rae, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.
He continued, “J.J. thoughtfully weaves together suspense, action, emotion, and fun into every one of his projects – elements every game developer aspires to capture as well. Each year, the DICE Summit sets the tone for the year ahead in games and adding J.J. and Gabe’s shared insights is a natural fit as we see all forms of entertainment converge.”
Newell will also speak about where the video game industry is headed and the future of Steam and Big Picture in another opening keynote called “A View on Next Steps”. Abrams and Newell’s speech will stream live online. We’re pretty excited to hear what Newell has to say, seeing that the guy has some really insightful and logical things to say about the industry.
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