BAFTA announced today that Gabe Newell is to be awarded the title of Academy Fellowship at the 2013 British Academy Game Awards which will take place on March 5th. The title is considered the highest of honor from BAFTA; with previous receivers including Will Wright, Peter Molyneux and Notch.
“Gabe’s contribution to the industry is unique, and he is very different to many others that BAFTA could recognise,” writes Harvey Elliott, head of BAFTA’s Games Committee. “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.”
Not to mention that Gabe’s Steam has already taken over the world, figuratively speaking of course.
Here is what Gabe commented on being honored by the award: “It is an honor 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 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.”