J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell to share DICE stage

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Lost-creator and Valve founder to host opening keynote at 2013 summit.

J.J. Abrams, maker of Lost and redesigner of Star Trek, will take to the stage alongside videogame bigwig Gabe Newell, owner of Valve Software.

The two respected figures will talk about story telling across platforms and asks who benefits “the audience or the player”.

"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," commented Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.

"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."

The pair will be standing in front of an audience on a Las Vegas convention stage on 6th February, 2013.

Mr Abrams and Mr Newell have been described as mutual admirers for some time, with some critics pointing to the former’s film Cloverfield as a loveletter to the latter’s popular PC game Half-Life 2.


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