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Mashup ‘n’ Win A Vegas Trip From Valve and Nerdist

valve_nerdistcropWe’ve had some contests with great prizes here at Nerdist, and we’ve had contests requiring you to be creative, because this is, after all, Nerdist, where creativity is encouraged and celebrated. Today, we are announcing a contest that combines the two. Actually, “combine” is a good word to use, because that’s what you, should you choose to enter, will be doing.

Here’s what’s happening: You know Valve, the creators of Steam and games like Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, Counter-Strike… like I said, you know ‘em. You know that Valve President Gabe Newell — Gaben — is quite a guy, a fact which will be enforced today with the release of not one but two episodes of the Nerdist Podcast (two at once! This is a first for us). Well, Gabe is being honored with induction into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame at the Design Innovate Communicate Entertain (D.I.C.E.) Summit in Las Vegas, which is coming up February 5-8… and you could be right there in the audience front and center to see Gaben himself become a Hall of Famer. Maybe he’ll even slip you a pre-release Steam Box or the long-delayed next iteration of Half-Life. (NOTE: That will not likely happen) Yes, Valve is offering a grand prize of a trip to Las Vegas for the D.I.C.E. Summit, with transportation, accommodations at a Vegas hotel, and passes to the keynote included.

Vegas, baby! But how? Here’s where your creativity comes into play: To enter, you have to create a piece of Valve and Nerdist mashup art. That means you have to summon up your knowledge of all things Valve and Nerdist and create art that masterfully combines the two into one glorious, um, whatever you want, as long as it’s artwork that includes both Valve and Nerdist elements. What exactly that would entail is up to you, but the idea is to do things like plopping Chris, Jonah, and Matt LasVegasSign200into a Valve game or, um… hey, that’s your job. I can only give you general guidance. How you make it happen is up to you. But make it happen indeed, then email the result to by FRIDAY, JANUARY 25th (yes, you have just two weeks to do this, so GET TO IT!) and one winner will be headed to Fabulous Las Vegas to see Mr. Newell be honored at the D.I.C.E. Summit. Complete rules are available by clicking here, but a couple of those rules about which you should be aware are a) 18 and over only, please; b) Send entries in .jpg, ,png, or .gif formats; c) one entry per person and one entry per email address; c) U.S. residents only (sorry, rest of world, couldn’t avoid that); and d) If you have questions about the rules, email them to

So, there it is. You create Valve/Nerdist mashup art, and you could be heading to Las Vegas for this year’s D.I.C.E. Summit as Valve’s guest. Now, get to work.