Shenmue Creator Honored With GDC Pioneer Award

by Meagan Marie on Feb 11, 2011 at 03:59 AM

Sega’s Yu Suzuki has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 GDC Pioneer Award. Considered one of the top industry honors, the Game Developers Choice Pioneer Award is aimed at showcasing individuals responsible for breakthrough technology or design that changed the landscape gaming. Last year Valve’s Gabe Newell took home the award.

Still with Sega as a special advisor, Suzuki first joined the company in 1983, and is best known as the creator of many acclaimed games/franchises including Virtua Fighter and Shenmue. In his time at Sega Suzuki has been credited with the creation of over two dozen titles.

Suzuki will be on hand to accept the award at the 11th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards on March 2. Peter Molyneux will also be honored that evening with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

We’ll be on hand to report on all the events the evening.