The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, organizers of the annual Dice Summit and the Dice Awards, announced that several new members have been appointed to its board of directors.
What's striking about these new additions is that they all come from the digital gaming space, highlighting the fact that the industry is shifting from the influence of retail to digital.
Min Kim, chief executive of Nexon of America, the U.S. division of the South Korean free-to-play online gaming pioneer, has been named the new chairman of the AIAS board, for starters. Kim has been a member of the AIAS board since 2012, so his presence there is a familiar one.
"I’m really about promoting the academy’s mission," Kim said in an interview with GamesBeat. "There are a lot of changes happening in the industry now. We’re in an innovation space where everything is changing. By mixing us all together, it will help us achieve our mission."
Other new board members include Brandon Beck, chief executive of Riot Games, maker of the League of Legends free-to-play online game; and David Helgason, chief executive of cross-platform 3D engine maker Unity Technologies.
Departing board members include AIAS chairman Jay Cohen, general manager of Wargaming; Brian Reynolds, former chief game designer at Zynga and current founder of SecretNewCo; and Seth Ladd, developer advocate at Google.
Other board members include former Epic Games president Mike Capps; Michael Gallagher, head of the Entertainment Software Association; Rich Hilleman, chief creative director at Electronic Arts; Don James at Nintendo of America; Ken Lobb of Microsoft Studios; Frank Pearce of Blizzard Entertainment; former Capcom executive Christian Svensson; Denny Thorley of Wargaming West; Patricia Vance of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board; and Shuhei Yoshida, head of the worldwide game studios at Sony Computer Entertainment.