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DICE Summit adds Warren Spector, Rovio and Wargaming executives to speaker line-up

Five more industry luminaries have joined the lineup of speakers for the 2013 DICE Summit, including executives from Rovio and and Epic Mickey creator Warren Spector, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences announced today.

Warren Spector, current designer and producer at Junction Point Studios, will talk about the impact of aging on gamers, developers and the medium in which they work. Spector will discuss "the graying of gaming" and how it affects player commitment, design philosophy, and mainstream media interactions, as well as what this could mean for the future of the industry.

Joining Spector is Rovio Games executive vice president Petri Järvilehto, who will discuss the launch of Angry Birds Star Wars and how Rovio is working to create "mobile blockbusters" that mesh gaming and consumer goods for deeper entertainment experiences.

SyFy Channel president Mark Stern and Trion Worlds vice president of production Nick Beliaeff will give a presentation on the the making of their interactive transmedia experience Defiance. Victor Kislyi, CEO and founder of, will also hold talks on the success of World of Tanks and turn-based strategy series Massive Assault, upcoming MMOs World of Warplanes and World of Warships, and the necessity of the free-to-play model.

Previously confirmed summit speakers include Valve Corporation's Gabe Newell, Quantic Dream CEO David Cage, Gearbox Software's Randy Pitchford, Microsoft Game Studios/343 Industries' executive producer Kiki Wolfkill and Halo's franchise development director Frank O'Connor, among others.

The 2013 DICE Summit will be held Feb. 5 through 8 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

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