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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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