Elite creator Braben gets Queen's Birthday honour

Industry veteran David Braben has been appointed Order of the British Empire (OBE) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list, thanks in no small part to his work with the Elite series.

David Braben and a Raspberry Pi

David Braben and a Raspberry Pi

It caps off a great few weeks for Braben, who writes:

I’ve just got back from an excellent E3 show where our Elite: Dangerous game was being shown. It was the first time Frontier has been an exhibitor in our own right at E3 – all previous occasions have been exhibiting our games with a partner like Microsoft, Atari or Sony.

Elite: Dangerous is a sequel 30 years in the making, following on from Braben’s early-80s smash hit, Elite. The game was Kickstarted in 2012 and continues to reach new heights of crowdfunding.

Braben was also involved with games like RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, Kinectimals and Kinect Disneyland Adventures, but his expertise stretches beyond the games industry.

These days, as well as working on Elite: Dangerous, Braben is also dedicating his time to the Raspberry Pi development. This tiny, credit card-sized micro-computer has been created to promote basic computer science in the United Kingdom.

Braben joins an exclusive assortment of British game developers honoured by the Queen, among them Charles Cecil, co-founder of Revolution Software and creator of Beneath a Steel Sky; and Jason Kingsley, co-founder of Rebellion and co-founder of games association Tiga.

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