J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell revealed as keynote speakers at DICE 2013

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JJ Abrams and Gabe Newell will both front a discussion entitled ‘Storytelling Across Platforms: Who Benefits Most, the Audience or the Player?’ at DICE 2013.

The summit is set to kick off on February 6th and is run by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. It aims to bring together the best and brightest minds in interactive entertainment at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

“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 D.I.C.E. stage,” said Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences president Martin Rae. “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 D.I.C.E. 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.”

Abrams is the founder and president of Bad Robot Productions, which has produced films and television series such as Cloverfield and Lost. He has also recently been confirmed as the director of the new Star Wars films, set for release in 2015.