This year at DICE, Gabe Newell, the founder and managing director of Valve Software, will be delivering the keynote address. The ballroom is rapidbly filling up, but I've got an amazing seat and can't wait to hear Gabe's remarks. I'm a huge fan of Valve.
Responsible for the Half-Life series, the revival of Team Fortress, Portal, and Left 4 Dead, Valve is one of the few studios that consistently releases incredible work. Their Steam digitial distribution service is already the leader in digital sales with more publishers flocking to the service every month.
Hopefully, he'll announce a release date (that they'll break anyway) for Half-Life 2: Episode 3. Better yet, how about Half-Life 2: Episode 33 1/3 with Leslie Nielson? Move over, Alyx!
We're getting started soon so keep checking back for glorious live blogitude.
6:01 PM - The keynote is officially one minute late. Jeez. Valve can't even ship a keynote on time!
6:04 PM - I just got word that Gabe's beta speech was stolen from the green room and it wasn't very polished. He's hard at work refining his speech and we expect to kick off "when it's done."
There are some Sony people behind me discussing the Killzone 2 release date. Even at industry events, I can't escape "February 27!!!!"
6:13 PM - Lights are officially dimmed and we're kicking off. Joseph Olin, President of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, is doing the general introduction to the Summit, which has officially now on course.
6:19 PM - Time for Gabe. Here he is! His topic: "Entertainment as a Service." I'm guessing a lot of this will be focused on Steam and Valve's direct relationship to its customers through the service.
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