The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is a non-profit professional membership organization that serves the interactive entertainment industry. The organization was founded in 1996 and is based in the United States. The AIAS mission is to advance and recognize the interactive entertainment industry, and to foster the recognition of interactive entertainment as a valid and important form of art and expression.
The organization has over 30,000 members worldwide, including game developers, designers, programmers, artists, writers, and other professionals working in the interactive entertainment industry. It provides a wide range of services and resources for its members, including networking opportunities, professional development, and recognition programs.
One of the most known events of the AIAS is the annual D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit which is a premier event for the gaming industry. The event brings together leading developers, designers, industry executives, and press to discuss the most important issues facing the industry, showcase new technology and games, and recognize outstanding creative achievements through the annual Interactive Achievement Awards.
AIAS also conducts research on the interactive entertainment industry, and works to promote the industry to the public through advocacy and education programs. The organization also provides scholarships to support the next generation of interactive entertainment professionals, as well as support and resources for veterans transitioning into the industry.