Roll of the DICE: Videogame Leaders Name the Industry’s Best

The videogame industry is hosting an Oscars-like ceremony tonight in Las Vegas, where a few hundred of the top leaders will recognize achievements in the interactive arts and sciences.

The winners for the 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards are decided on by members of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. (Just like the Oscars are voted on by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.)

The ceremony covers mostly hardcore genres across console and PC, including action games, massive multiplayer games, adventure games and more. It also has categories for casual, mobile and social. (Update: See a list of some winners at the end of this post.)

The event is taking place in Las Vegas at the Red Rock Resort, a swank location way off the Strip, where industry leaders gather annually as part of the games conference called DICE.

DICE, which stands for Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain, is a three-day summit featuring a number of talks by bigwigs from game studios like Bethesda Softworks, which published The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham City, which were both wildly successful over Christmas.

Because the show is far off the Strip and only has a few hundred attendees, it allows people to speak intimately about recent trends and key issues facing the industry. They even get to pat each other on the back; this morning, one grown man got on stage and bowed in front of some of the original game developers who worked at Atari back in the 80s.

The event tonight will be hosted by actor and stand-up comedian Jay Mohr, a former cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and self-described games enthusiast, who is known for roasting some of the industry celebrities being recognized.

The ceremony kicks off at 7:30 pm PT. To follow along, GameSpot will air a live Webcast of the IAAs here.

Update: Here are the winners from some of the major categories:

  • Game of the Year: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda Softworks
  • Action Game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Activision
  • Online Game Play: Star Wars: The Old Republic, Electronic Arts
  • Mobile Game: Infinity Blade II, Epic Games
  • Sports Game: FIFA 12, Electronic Arts
  • Social Networking: The Sims Social, Electronic Arts
  • Casual Game: Fruit Ninja Kinect, Halfbrick Studios


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