The man who can be charged with revolutionizing the gaming industry, Sony and the youths of millions among us, Ken Kutaragi will be given a lifetime achievement award at Game Developers Conference 2014 (GDC 2014).
Kutaragi, the former CEO of Sony and the “father of PlayStation” is the guy responsible for the creation of PlayStation as well as the SPC700, the sound chip within Nintendo’s Super NES console.
Couple of decades back, he worked his way through to the creation of the SPC700 and then took it upon himself to create Sony’s first gaming console, the PlayStation which came out in 1994 and became the first system to ever sell over 100 million units.
His success story didn’t end there, the next milestone, PlayStation 2 managed to sell more than 155 million units making it the most sold console of all time – to date.
After taking SCE to the round of success he was propelled to the position of deputy executive president in 2003 up to 2006 when he oversaw the launch of PlayStation 3. Now he serves as the CEO and president of Cyber AI Entertainment Inc.
“We’re honored to have Kutaragi-san present at the event, and heartened to recognize a true visionary that helped bring about an unparalleled era of growth in the industry,” said MEggan Scavio the GM of GDC events and the GDC 2014.
Mark Cerny, Doug Lombardi (of Valve), Harvey Smith (Arkane), Raph Koster (Independent), Chris Charla (Microsoft), and John Vechey (PopCap) are some of the names that are on the Game Developers Choice Awards Advisory Committee that selects the lifetime achievement award winner.
Ken Kutaragi will be given the award on Wednesday, March 19th at 6:30 p.m. PT at the Moscone Convention Center during the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.