Creators of GTA Being Inducted in AIAS Hall of Fame

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences is inducting founders of Rockstar Games Dan Houser and Sam Houser, and Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies in its Hall of Fame on February 6th.

The Hall of Fame club has been exclusive to a few members over the years and before this has honored 17 individuals only. Phil Harrison, Microsoft’s corporate vice president, will be presenting the award to the creators of GTA himself during the 17th annual D.I.C.E. awards this week at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.

“A rare combination of cultural savvy, technical prowess and a deep passion for interactive entertainment has made Rockstar Games a global success story that has helped propel the games medium forward,” Harrison said in a prepared statement. “I am proud and honored to present Leslie, Sam and Dan with this award on behalf of the entire industry.”

“Sam, Dan, and Leslie have developed some of this generation’s defining interactive masterpieces,” AIAS president Martin Rae said. “It is an honor to induct the Rockstar team to the Academy’s Hall of Fame, they are among great company. Their commitment to their craft and their passion in creating such memorable experiences is a true testament to their achievements as auteurs.”

In the AIAS Hall of Fame, Benzies and the Housers will join the following list of previous inductees:

  • Shigeru Miyamoto (Nintendo)
  • Sid Meier (Firaxis Games)
  • Hironobu Sakaguchi (Squaresoft)
  • John Carmack (id Software)
  • Will Wright (Maxis)
  • Yu Suzuki (Sega)
  • Peter Molyneux (Lionhead Studios)
  • Trip Hawkins (Digital Chocolate)
  • Richard Farriott (NCsoft North America)
  • Dani Bunten
  • Michael Morhaime (Blizzard)
  • Mark Cerny (Cerny Games)
  • Dr. Ray Muzyka (BioWare)
  • Dr. Greg Zeschuk (BioWare)
  • Tim Sweeney (Epic Games)
  • Gabe Newell (Valve Corporation)