Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (renamed from AIAS to the D.I.C.E awards in 2012) is a non-profit organization of industry professionals that present a series of annual Interactive Achievement Awards. In 1996, AIAS was re-established as a non-profit organization that promotes computer and video game entertainment with the annual D.I.C.E. Summit event, where its Interactive Achievement Awards ceremony has been held annually since 1998. Its membership consists of industry professionals, and only professional members who meet a set of minimum criteria are able to vote for the best entertainment software of the year.
AIAS was founded in 1992 by Andrew Zucker. After building an organization of close to 400 members consisting of executives from both the gaming and entertainment industries, as well as a board of 40 notable industry leaders including visionary Timothy Leary, AIAS produced the first televised awards show honoring computer games in 1994, which was broadcast live from Universal Studios Hollywood via TBS.
2006 - Category Best Platform Game of the Year was discontinued.
2010 - Category Computer Game of the Year was discontinued.
2010 - Category Console Game of the Year was discontinued.
2013 - Category Social Networking Game/Web Based Game of the Year was discontinued.
2015 - Category Downloadable Game of the Year was discontinued.
2015 - Category Best Casual Game of the Year was discontinued.
2015 - Category Best Innovation of the Year was discontinued.
2015 - Category Best Visual Engineering of the Year was discontinued.
2016 - Merged categories Role-Playing Game and Massively Multiplayer.
2017 - Added category Immersive Reality Game of the Year.
2017 - Added category Immersive Reality Technical Achievement of the Year.
2017 - Added category Game Direction of the Year.
2017 - Merged categories strategy and Simulation.