We've just learned that Joseph Olin, longtime president of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, has decided to step down from the position. He will be replaced by Martin Rae, the president of Boss Game Studios. Olin will retain the title of president emeritus at the AIAS, an honorary title bestowed as recognition for exemplary service.
“It has been an honor and absolute pleasure to serve the Academy’s Board and members,” said Olin. “The dynamic nature within the interactive entertainment industry is always best served with new ideas – now is an appropriate time to transition from the Academy in a way that will ensure its continued growth through Martin’s leadership and energy. I look forward to working with Martin and the Board as their representative in the months ahead.”
Olin has headed up the AIAS for the past seven years, and in that time has grown the organization considerably. AIAS's DICE Summit has become one of the most important developer gatherings in the gaming industry, and their Interactive Achievement Awards are regarded by many as the Oscars of the video game industry. Through DICE, gaming scholarships, the Interactive Achievement Awards and the Into The Pixel art series, Olin has been instrumental in presenting gaming in a more serious light.
Check out our interview with Olin in the video below: