Gabe Newell to receive BAFTA Fellowship

The co-founder of Valve Corporation is to be honoured with a BAFTA Fellowship at this year’s British Academy Games Awards, which takes place early next month.

Gabe Newell will follow a number of high-profile industry folk who have received such an award, including Peter Molyneux, Will Wright, and Shigeru Miyamoto.

Newell started off life in the games industry in 1983 with Microsoft, before fronting Valve back in 1996. The company has been responsible for some of gaming’s most celebrated titles, including Half-Life, Left 4 Dead and Portal.

In recent years, Newell has pioneered the use of digital distribution in the form of the PC-based delivery service, Steam. To date, Steam has over 2,000 games on offer and 50 million active accounts worldwide.

Speaking on his impending Fellowship, Newel offered: "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 honor on behalf of everyone in our community."    

"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,” added  BAFTA Games Committee’s Harvey Elliot.

The British Academy Games Awards takes place at the London Hilton, Park Lane, on March 5. The event will once again be hosted by comedian Dara O’ Briain, and will be streamed live over Twitch.

Stay tuned.

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