Gabe Newell to Receive BAFTA Fellowship

Gabe Newell to Receive BAFTA Fellowship

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Valve's CEO will soon be rewarded with the Academy's "highest accolade" for his contributions to the gaming industry.

Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve Corporation, has certainly done his part influencing the way we interact with games, from encouraging mod support to the rise of Steam as a major PC gaming platform. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) seems to think so too, and the Academy is awarding Newell with a BAFTA Fellowship at the upcoming British Academy Games Awards.

In light of his achievements over a 30 year career, Gabe will soon be joining other Academy Fellows including Peter Molyneux, Shigeru Miyamoto, and Will Wright. BAFTA says the Fellowship is "the highest accolade bestowed upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to games". He'll receive the award at the official ceremony on 5th March.

In response to the announcement, Gabe said: "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 recognized organizations.

"Valve owes a 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."

Harvey Elliott, Chair of BAFTA's Games Committee, praised Gabe's "unique" contribution to the gaming industry. "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. He is an inspirational developer and truly deserving of our Fellow recognition."

This isn't the first BAFTA for Valve; the company was awarded "Best Multiplayer" with Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, and "Best Game, Story, and Design" for Portal 2.

Source: BAFTA

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I demand a BAFTA celebratory Team Fortress 2 hat!

Moar hats!

Or, you know, Half Life 3, please?

Good on him, well deserved.

I do not think many can say it isn't deserved, regardless of whether or not they are a fan of Valve games. He (and Valve) have done a hell of a lot for gaming.

Interesting. Now we just need BAFTA items in TF2.

Daystar Clarion:
I demand a BAFTA celebratory Team Fortress 2 hat!

Moar hats!

Or, you know, Half Life 3, please?

Quite you fool you know he delays half life 3 by a year every time some one mentions it

Daystar Clarion:
I demand a BAFTA celebratory Team Fortress 2 hat!

Moar hats!

Or, you know, Half Life 3, please?

Just you wait, in thanks for giving him this award, Gabe will announce Half Life 3 during his speech. =P

Certainly a well deserved award anyway.

Daystar Clarion:
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Hats? Nah...


But they can make some nice misc out of this...

if he says something about HL3 during that award, he should get a second one.

Legion:
I do not think many can say it isn't deserved, regardless of whether or not they are a fan of Valve games. He (and Valve) have done a hell of a lot for gaming.

Steam has a little bit.

As for their games, not really; the core ideas were others', and if not Valve gobbling up the teams (L4D/Portal) then someone else would've. It's just Valve are a fortune 500 company and can do it easily.

Nothing to the level of games like Populous that were genre changing; Half-Life 2 was just an FPS that took all of those who came before it and packaged it all together, even going so far as to have gameplay gimmick -> story -> new gameplay gimmick -> story as the entire game.

rapidoud:

Legion:
I do not think many can say it isn't deserved, regardless of whether or not they are a fan of Valve games. He (and Valve) have done a hell of a lot for gaming.

Steam has a little bit.

As for their games, not really; the core ideas were others', and if not Valve gobbling up the teams (L4D/Portal) then someone else would've. It's just Valve are a fortune 500 company and can do it easily.

Nothing to the level of games like Populous that were genre changing; Half-Life 2 was just an FPS that took all of those who came before it and packaged it all together, even going so far as to have gameplay gimmick -> story -> new gameplay gimmick -> story as the entire game.

I wasn't talking about the games at all.

Which is why I said regardless of whether or not you are a fan of their games.

Should hold it hostage 'til they release Half Life 3.
Also, celebratory hat is necessary. For everyone.

And absolutely no-one was surprised, I suppose?
Congratulations to Gabe though. ;D

Well deserved

I still don't know what the hell Peter Molyneux did to receive a fellowship award. Maybe his boundless enthusiasm was enough.

Anyway, good for you, Gabe.

Now how about Half-Life 3...

Not a real big fan of valve, but whatever.

No don't do it BAFTA. Don't give that villain anything till he gives us HL3.

In other words, Well deserved Mr. Newell.

BAFTA has now joined the list of organizations I can no longer respect.

Souplex:
BAFTA has now joined the list of organizations I can no longer respect.

What? Why? I don't care if you hate every game valve has ever made you can't deny the impact on the gaming world that Gabe has had.

Souplex:
BAFTA has now joined the list of organizations I can no longer respect.

So tell me, what's your favourite gaming company and WHAT they have done to change the gaming industry for the better?
Nintendo? Fuck all they did, except get us out of the videogame crash with mario, but ever since they have done jack shit.

Microsoft? Hahaha don't make me laugh.

Oh Oh...EA! THE BASTARDS WHO KEEP HURTING THE INDUSTRY?!

Casual Shinji:
I still don't know what the hell Peter Molyneux did to receive a fellowship award. Maybe his boundless enthusiasm was enough.

Anyway, good for you, Gabe.

Now how about Half-Life 3...

Your too young or a console only gamer then, Molyneux was one of the main game designer of Bullfrog, I challenge you to find me a finer British game development studio.

Here a list of Bullfrog game: Populous, Theme series (Hospital, Park...), Dungeon Keeper, Magic Carpet and Syndicate.

In the 90s, Molyneux was basically standing on pedestal along Will Wright and Richard Garriott.

Good for him. Valve makes very good games.

Congrats Gabe, well done. Since I have moved to PC gaming, I have been having fun with their games and Steam has opened up access to more games then we get in stores in our country, I'd thank him for that too.

 

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