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The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has announced that it will be inducting Valve co-founder Gabe Newell into the organization's Hall of Fame. Newell will be presented with the award at the annual D.I.C.E. Summit in February.
“Gabe is one of the most cherished and respected figures in the industry not only for his technological innovations in advancing many of today’s highly successful video games, but also for his unique stance towards leadership and management,” said Martin Rae, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “Gabe’s vision for the interactive industry has created lasting effects that have completely reshaped this generation’s digital distribution model, paving the way for independent developers and creating an invaluable service for consumers. It is a great honor to have Gabe inducted into the Academy’s Hall of Fame.”
Newell co-founded the Valve Corporation with fellow Microsoft employee Mike Harrington in 1996. The studio developed games including the Half-Life series, Counter-Strike, Left 4 Dead, and Portal. It was also a pioneer of digital distribution, with its Steam service.
Here's a quick recap of past Hall of Fame honorees, to give you a sense of who's been given the award in the past.
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Looks like he'll be joining quite the group of past award winners, congrats to Gabe!
Wow, among the elite! Congrats! That's an amazing achievement.
nice, seeing that list of people he definitely deserves to join them
Wow cool. Congrats to Gabe!
The only thing that could make me happy along with this? Portal 3.
Man that is quite the list. Glad to see Gabe make it on there, and he deserves it. I bet within the next few years we'll see Ken Levine, Todd Howard, and one or both of the Hauser brothers get inducted.
Wonderful news! Congratulations Gabe! You definitely deserve it.
I'm not going to complain about what he hasn't given the fans. None of this "I want Blah-blah 3". This man has provided the world with so many excellent, deep, and innovative games that he thoroughly deserves all the praise he gets not only as a game-maker but as a visionary as to how those games get made. Valve isn't just about cranking out games that people want, it's about bringing people together who have a vision of great games and innovation of gameplay and want to make that vision a reality. Way to go Gabe!
its about time! go gaben!
Why is Peter Molyneux on that list?