J. J. Abrams will join Gabe Newell during the opening keynote of the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit. The pair will also co-host a session called, "Storytelling Across Platforms: Who Benefits Most, the Audience or the Player?" on February 6, while Newell will give the keynote address on February 7 called "A View on Next Steps" to discuss Steam and Big Picture in the context of the industry's future.
"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 Martin Rae, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. "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 a veteran writer, director and producer, having worked on Alias and Star Trek, with Star Wars: Episode VII as his next big project. The 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas from February 5 to 8.