Gabe Newell is to join Shigeru Miyamoto, Peter Molyneux and Will Wright in being awarded a BAFTA Games fellowship.
Newell will pick up the award at the BAFTA Games Awards on March 5th at the London Hilton.
Newell said of the accolade: “It is an honour for myself and everyone at Valve to be presented such an award by one of the world’s most respected and recognised organisations. Valve owes a tremendous thanks to many in the UK – to those who have played our games, to the great support of the UK press, and to UK-based creative contributors such as Garry Newman. I look forward to accepting this prestigious honour on behalf of everyone in our community.”
Harvey Elliott, Chair of BAFTA’s Games Committee, added: “Gabe’s contribution to the industry is unique, and he is very different to many others that BAFTA could recognise. As well as enjoying great critical and commercial success with phenomenally popular franchises such as Portal and Half-Life, his work in giving back to the games industry through developing and showcasing other games makers has been outstanding. He is an inspirational developer and truly deserving of our Fellow recognition.”