SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IGN Entertainment today announced it's partnering with the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences to live stream the 2017 D.I.C.E. Summit and the 20th D.I.C.E. Awards, held at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
IGN will livestream the 2017 D.I.C.E. Summit beginning Wednesday, February 22nd. Kicking off the livestream at 10:00 AM PT will be keynote speaker, Jeff Kaplan, Vice President of Blizzard Entertainment. Kaplan's talk will focus on Blizzard's massive hit Overwatch, IGN's 2016 "Game of the Year" winner. The summit will stream for two days, showcasing every panel and keynote speakers, closing with the FACEIT Quakeworld Tournament Finals, Thursday, February 23rd at 4:00 PM PT.
Following the Summit, IGN will stream the 20th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, hosted by IGN alumni, Greg Miller of Kinda Funny and Jessica Chobot of Nerdist News. The awards kick off at 7:30 PM PT, live from the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The D.I.C.E. Awards recognize games, individuals and development teams that have contributed to the advancement of the multi-billion dollar worldwide entertainment software industry. The D.I.C.E. Awards are the most credible, respected and recognized awards for the interactive entertainment community with voting cast by members of the Academy's 33,000+ membership base.
"We couldn't be more excited to partner with the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences on an event of this caliber-- this is the Oscars for video games," said Wade Beckett, Chief Programming Officer for IGN. "To top it off, IGN is taking the Summit and Awards to new platforms like Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter for the very first time and bringing a global audience to the event."
"We are thrilled to partner with IGN to broadcast both the D.I.C.E. Summit and the 20th Anniversary of our awards to a broad range of platforms," said Terrence Myers, Executive Producer, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. "D.I.C.E. is always an incredible celebration of the best in interactive entertainment and IGN is the perfect partner to share in bringing it to game enthusiasts everywhere."
IGN will produce custom content specifically for Snapchat and will stream the 2017 D.I.C.E. Summit and Awards across all its featured platforms, including IGN.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Twitch, Apple TV, Roku, PS4, Xbox One, PlutoTV and IGN's mobile apps on iOS and Android.
In addition to the categorized awards, D.I.C.E. will be inducting Todd Howard, Executive Producer and Game Director at Bethesda Game Studios into the AIAS Hall of Fame. Howard will be the 22nd HOF inductee with the award being presented by his long-time colleague, Pete Hines, Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing, Bethesda Softworks. All categories, nominees and Hall of Fame inductees can be found on the Academy's website.
Stay current on all the D.I.C.E. happenings by following IGN on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #DICE2017 and #DICEAwards.
About IGN Entertainment
IGN Entertainment is the leading Internet media company focused on the video game and entertainment enthusiast markets. IGN reaches more than 137 million monthly users and is followed by more than 9 million subscribers on YouTube and 21 million users on social platforms. IGN also publishes daily content on Snapchat Discover.
Established in 1996, IGN is operated by digital media company Ziff Davis, LLC, a subsidiary of j2 Global, Inc. IGN is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Sydney and London. IGN content is localized in 24 languages and 114 countries and hosted on websites and native applications on mobile, connected TV, and Xbox and PlayStation platforms. For more information, visit www.IGN.com and follow @IGN on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
About the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) was founded in 1996 as a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote, advance and recognize the outstanding achievements in the interactive entertainment industry worldwide. The Academy conducts its annual awards show, the D.I.C.E. Awards, to celebrate and honor creative accomplishments in the field. To further enhance awareness of the Academy's vision, the organization created the D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit in 2002, 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. In 2013 the Academy launched D.I.C.E. Europe to cater to the European games market. With more than 33,000 members, including Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Wargaming, Bethesda Game Studios, Ubisoft, Valve Software, Gearbox Software, and Insomniac Games, among others. More information can be found at http://www.interactive.org and http://www.dicesummit.org.
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