D.I.C.E. Awards

The D.I.C.E. Awards is an award show in the video game industry started in 1998. The awards are arranged by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, and held during the AIAS' annual D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas. "D.I.C.E." is a backronym for "Design Innovate Communicate Entertain".


The nominees in each category are selected by a peer panel assembled by AIAS of over 100 video game professionals across several facets of the industry, including developers, programmers, artists, and publishers, which is published on the AIAS website each year. The nominees are then voted on by the full membership of AIAS via a confidential and secured voting system, and winners are subsequently announced during the D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas, typically the February of that year. Due to this approach, the D.I.C.E. awards are considered the main peer-based recognition within the video games compared to the other major awards.

Award categories

The tables below are based on the awards cycle for the calendar year preceded the award ceremony date; for example, all awards given for "1997" were presented to winners in a 1998 ceremony.

Game of the Year


Action Game of the Year

Adventure Game of the Year

Cellular/Mobile Game of the Year

Downloadable Game of the Year

Family Game of the Year

Handheld/Portable Game of the Year

Immersive Reality Game of the Year

The Immersive Reality Game of the Year was added for consideration of 2016 games to award those in the growing area of virtual reality and augmented reality games.

Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

Referred to in the past as "Persistent World", "Online", or "Online Role-Playing" Game of the Year.
1997Ultima Online
2001Dark Age of Camelot
2002The Sims Online
2004World of Warcraft
2005City of Villains and Guild Wars
2006Guild Wars Nightfall

Racing Game of the Year

Role-Playing Game of the Year

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

Sports Game of the Year

Fighting Game of the Year

Casual Game of the Year

Social Networking Game/Web Based Game of the Year

"Outstanding" Awards

Outstanding Animation

Outstanding Game Direction

Outstanding Art Direction

Outstanding Character Performance

Outstanding Game Design

Outstanding Gameplay Engineering

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement

This award was added to honor games from 2016 onward in technical achievements for virtual reality and augmented reality.
2016Eagle Flight
2017Lone Echo/Echo Arena
2019Blood & Truth

Outstanding Licensed Soundtrack

Outstanding Online Gameplay

Outstanding Original Music Composition

Outstanding Sound Design

Outstanding Story

Outstanding Visual Engineering

Outstanding Technical Achievement

Innovation in Gaming

Console Awards

Console Game of the Year

Console Innovation

Console Children's

Console First Person Action

Console Sports Simulation

Console Action Sports

Computer Awards

Computer Game of the Year

Computer Innovation

Computer Educational/Skills

Computer Family/Children's

Computer First Person Action

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award

The D.I.C.E. Sprite Award was added for the 2015 awards ceremony to honor "a game having disproportionate resources for development and exposure, represent a higher degree of risk tolerance and advances our industry with innovative gameplay and experiences".
2015Rocket League

Technical Impact Award

The Technical Impact Award was added for the 2015 awards ceremony to recognize "unique innovations that contribute to the ongoing progress of interactive media".
2014Apple App Store
2015Visual Basic

Award show hosts

Since 2000, the annual award show has been hosted by many notable figures from the entertainment world.

Special categories

Hall of Fame

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has annually inducted into its "Hall of Fame" video game developers that have made revolutionary and innovative achievements in the video game industry.
YearPersonCompany/roleNotable games
1998Shigeru MiyamotoNintendoDonkey Kong, Mario, The Legend of Zelda, F-Zero, Star Fox, Pikmin and Wii series.
1999Sid MeierFounder of Firaxis Games and MicroProsePirates!, Railroad Tycoon, Civilization, and Alpha Centauri.
2000Hironobu SakaguchiOriginally at Square, Founder of MistwalkerFinal Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Parasite Eve, Lost Odyssey, and The Last Story.
2001John D. CarmackFounder of id SoftwareCommander Keen, Doom, Quake, and Rage.
2002Will WrightFounder of MaxisSimCity, Spore and The Sims.
2003Yu SuzukiSega Arcade games such as Hang-On, Space Harrier, Out Run, After Burner, Power Drift and Virtua Racing as well as the Virtua Fighter, Daytona USA, Virtua Cop and Shenmue series.
2004Peter MolyneuxFounder of Lionhead Studios and Bullfrog ProductionsBlack & White, Populous, Magic Carpet, Syndicate, Dungeon Keeper, and Fable.
2005Trip HawkinsFounder of Electronic Arts and Digital ChocolateMadden Football.
2006Richard GarriottFounder of Origin SystemsUltima series and Tabula Rasa.
2007Dani Bunten Founder of Ozark SoftscapeM.U.L.E..
2008Michael MorhaimePresident & Co-Founder of Blizzard EntertainmentWarcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo.
2009Bruce ShelleyEnsemble StudiosAge of Empires.
2010Mark CernyCerny GamesMarble Madness, Ratchet & Clank, and Jak & Daxter.
2011Ray Muzyka & Greg ZeschukCo-Founders of BioWare, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age.
2012Tim SweeneyFounder and CEO of Epic GamesUnreal and Gears of War series.
2013Gabe NewellCo-Founder and CEO of ValvePortal, Half-Life, and Left 4 Dead.
2014Sam Houser, Dan Houser and Leslie BenziesCo-Founders of Rockstar GamesGrand Theft Auto and Bully.
2016Hideo KojimaFounder of Kojima ProductionsMetal Gear Solid.
2017Todd HowardDirector and Executive Producer at Bethesda Game StudiosThe Elder Scrolls and Fallout series
2018Bonnie RossCorporate Vice-President at Microsoft, Head of 343 IndustriesHalo series
2019Connie BoothVice-President of Product Development at Sony Interactive EntertainmentAdvocate for several of Sony's first-party franchises, including Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Jak and Daxter, Ratchet & Clank and Sly Cooper

Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given "for individuals whose accomplishments span a broad range of disciplines over a lengthy career in the industry".
2006Minoru Arakawa and Howard LincolnFormer presidents of Nintendo of America
2007Ken KutaragiFormer Chairman/CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment and considered the "Father of the PlayStation".
2009Doug LowensteinLaunched and served as president of the Interactive Digital Software Association, which became the Entertainment Software Association
2010Bing GordonFormer Chief Creative Officer of Electronic Arts
2015Satoru IwataFormer president of Nintendo
2017Genyo TakedaFormer General Manager of Nintendo Integrated Research & Development

Pioneer Awards

The Pioneer Award is given "for individuals whose career spanning work has helped shape and define the interactive entertainment industry".
2009David CraneFounder of Activision
2010Bill BudgeDeveloper of Raster Blaster and Pinball Construction Set
2011Ed LoggCo-developer of many arcade games including Asteroids, Centipede and Gauntlet
2012Dave Lebling & Marc BlankCo-founders of Infocom
2013Eugene JarvisDeveloper of arcade games Defender and
2014Allan AlcornDeveloper of Pong and co-developed several Atari home consoles
2014Ralph H. BaerCreator of the first home console, the Magnavox Odyssey
2018Dan Edwards, Martin “Shag” Graetz, Steven Winer, Steve “Slug” Russell, Peter Samson, Robert Sanders, and Wayne WiitanenSurviving developers of Spacewar!


Games with multiple wins

The following games received six or more D.I.C.E. Awards:
10The Last of Us2013
9Half-Life 22004
9God of War2018
7God of War2005