The D.I.C.E. Summit announced today that EA's Chief Operating Officer John Schappert, the co-founders of Vigil Games (Darksiders) and Gearbox Games' Randy Pitchford will speak at this year's gathering. They'll be joined by a whole mess of other speakers, including keynotes by Activision CEO Bobby Kotick and Disney Interactive President Stephen Wadsworth.

For those who don't know, D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) is the annual Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences conference "dedicated to exploring approaches to the creative process and artistic expression as they uniquely apply to the development of interactive entertainment." However, more aptly, D.I.C.E. stands for "Damn, I C Executives!," as the conference is one giant big-money pow-wow. We'll be there when the conference kicks off February 17 in Las Vegas.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.