The AIAS Hall of Fame honor “is bestowed on game creators who have been instrumental in the development of highly influential games and moving a particular genre forward,” and past AIAS Hall of Fame inductees include industry legends such as Drs. Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka of BioWare in 2011, Bruce Shelley in 2009 and Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney in 2012.
Martin Rae, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, explains Gabe Newell’s induction:
Gabe is one of the most cherished and respected figures in the industry not only for his technological innovations in advancing many of today’s highly successful video games, but also for his unique stance towards leadership and management. Gabe’s vision for the interactive industry has created lasting effects that have completely reshaped this generation’s digital distribution model, paving the way for independent developers and creating an invaluable service for consumers. It is a great honor to have Gabe inducted into the Academy’s Hall of Fame.
The award will be presented to Gabe by Epic Games president Michael Capps (a member of the AIAS board of directors and the AIAS awards committee) at the 16th D.I.C.E Awards, Thursday February 7th 2013.