He may not even qualify for an Oscars nomination, but Gabe Newell, one of the biggest names in the video game industry will be honored in the United Kingdom with this year’s BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television) Fellowship award. The BAFTA Fellowship award is given annually to individuals who have done outstanding things with moving images. Until 2007, this usually meant actors, movie and TV producers, screenwriters and people in the film industry for most part.
BAFTA started including individuals in the video game industry when they awarded Will Wright from Maxis (Best known for The Sims and SimCity). Gabe Newell of Valve is the latest recipient of the BAFTA Fellowship award for his “outstanding and exceptional contribution to games”. One of his achievements that led to him getting this award was, according to BAFTA’s Games Committee Chair Harvey Elliot, “his work in giving back to the games industry through developing and showcasing other games makers has been outstanding”.
In BAFTA’s press release, Gabe Newell responded with a statement to the recognition; “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 a tremendous thanks to many in the UK”, and that he looks forward to “accepting this prestigious honor on behalf of everyone in our community”.