Nerd out on video games with us at the 2015 DICE Summit

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The 2015 DICE Summit is officially underway, and you can watch the full, two-day battery of panels right here.

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The “DICE” acronym is short for “Design, Innovate, Create, Entertain.” Organized and hosted by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, the two-day conference features talks from some of the most prominent individuals in the video game industry.

The show’s focus is on the industry as a whole; where it is, where it’s been, and — perhaps most importantly — where it’s headed. If E3 is a marketing juggernaut and Game Developer’s Conference is concerned with the physical process of building interactive experience, DICE is all about philosophy. What are we doing that works? How can we evolve those ideas and make them even better?

Each year has its own focus, its own message, and for the 2015 DICE Summit, that theme is: Without Borders. Here’s AIAS president Martin Rae speaking to exactly what that means:

“This theme kicked off at D.I.C.E. Europe in September as a starting point for discussion of the industry’s expanding culture, a culture that is seeing past barriers dissipate as we continue rapid growth and evolution. Our speakers will bring their own interpretation of this theme, focusing on the expanding opportunities for the interactive entertainment industry with an eye towards the global marketplace, technology, creativity, emerging markets, diversity, and more.”

Keep it locked here throughout the conference to check out all the talks in the embedded stream above. We’ll be bringing live coverage all throughout, so stay tuned for more and nerd out with us throughout the week.

Here’s a full schedule of the conference’s talks. Note that all talks are listed in Pacific Time.

Wednesday, February 4

Evolving Our Mindset on the Care and Cultivation of Talent (10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.)
Speaker: Brandon Beck, CEO and co-founder of Riot Games

Treyarch’s Zombies: Following the Fun to Win Hearts… and Brains (10:45 a.m. to 11:05 a.m.)
Speaker: Mark Lamia, studio head of Treyarch

All Right Stop, Collaborate and Listen! (11:05 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.)
Speaker: Nathan Vella, co-founder and president of Capy Games

Looking in a Different Direction (11:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.)
Speaker: Brenda Romero, program director at US Santa Cruz MS Games and Playable Media

The Experts Are Always Wrong (12:05 p.m. to 12:25 p.m.)
Speaker: Tom Kalinske, executive chairman of Global Education Learning

Creative maturity through life experiences — How to build engaging open worlds (12:25 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.)
Speaker: Tommy Francois, new IP editorial director at Ubisoft

Community and Development Without Borders: Star Citizen (2:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.)
Speaker: Chris Roberts, CCO and co-founder of Cloud Imperium Games

What Past Pioneers Can Teach Us About Our New Frontiers (2:50 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.)
Speaker: Kristian Segerstrale, COO and executive director of Super Evil Megacorp

Player Stories vs. Designer Stories — Empowering Players Around the World (3:10 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
Michael de Plater, creative director of Monolith Productions

The Shape of New Realities (3:50 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Speaker: Jeri Ellsworth, inventor, chief hardware engineer, and co-founder at CastAR
Moderator: Robin Hunicke, co-founder of Funomena

The View from Washington, D.C. (4:30 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.)
Speaker: Mark DeLoura

Thursday, February 4

A Conversation with Shu Yoshida (10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.)
Speaker: Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios
Speaker: Lorne Lanning, creative director of Oddworld Inhabitants

Games Thousands of Years in the Making (10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.)
Speaker: Gloria O’Neill, president and CEO of Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.
Speaker: Alan Gershenfeld, president and co-founder of E-Line Media

Sustainability in the eSports Landscape (11:35 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.)
Speaker: Chris Sigaty, executive producer at Blizzard Entertainment
Speaker: Mohammed Fadi, eSports director at Wargaming
Speaker: Kevin Lin, COO at
Moderator: Joshua Gray, creative producer at Turtle Rock Entertainment

The Last of the Independents (12:20 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.)
Speaker: Ru Weerasuriya, chief executive and creative officer at Ready at Dawn Studios

Secret Origins of the Tetris Phenomenon (2:3o p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Speaker: Alexey Pajitnov, creator of Tetris
Speaker: Henk Rogers, managing director at The Tetris Company

Towards an Age of Play (3:00 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.)
Speaker: Tracey Fullerton, director at USC Games

Disney Infinity: A Platform Without Borders (3:20 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.)
Speaker: Bob Lowe, director and Toy Box team lead at Avalanche Software

Baby Steps: Returning to our roots is the future of video games (3:40 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Speaker: Sean Murray, co-founder and managing director at Hello Games