Gabe Newell to receive BAFTA Fellowship award

Valve boss to receive UK award for his "outstanding and exceptional contribution to games."

Valve's Gabe Newell will be the recipient of this year's BAFTA Fellowship award.

"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," said Newell.

Newell is one of the most prolific figures in gaming today, establishing Valve in 1996 after breaking away from a career at Microsoft which started in 1983. Valve's output includes Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, and Counter-Strike. The developer is also behind digital distribution service Steam and is currently working on Dota 2.

After being informed of the latest trophy which will soon adorn Valve's well-stocked cabinet, Newell thanked his UK fans and saw fit to name-drop Garry Newman, the creator of Source engine playground Garry's Mod.

"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."

"Awarded annually by BAFTA, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to games," said BAFTA.

Newell will join the BAFTA Fellowship ranks alongside previous recipients Peter Molyneux, Shigeru Miyamoto, Nolan Bushnell, and Will Wright.

The BAFTA awards take place on March 5, and you can check out a full list of nominees here.

The awards ceremony will be live-streamed on Twitch.

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Toclose
Toclose

Graz m8 but what about new games? like HL3?

Are you unaware about the community?

Stop heating all you see and get back to work!

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

Gabe: There's only two numbers in the world I love, they are 1 and 2, bwahahahahaha

princetom
princetom

LEARN TO COUNT TO THREE YOU GIMP

lorider25
lorider25

Is that Bilbo Baggins illgetimate love child?

CieloPerso
CieloPerso

I just lost a dollar… to myself.  I was certain that the 1st comments below would be something like, "Where's HL3?!"  Oh, there's one ;-)

Falru
Falru

What kind of picture is this for a story like this.

CP2077
CP2077

Congrats to Gabe now lets hope he finish's up that new game engine of his soon so we can play the next half life

TheEveryMan
TheEveryMan

Congratulations Gabe, you have made fantastic contributions to the world of gaming. A modern man refining and doing things that people only thought about, but he got off his rear and did.

grbolivar
grbolivar

Why photoshop Newell? Why, just WHY?

skunkpants
skunkpants

Don't they remove points for inconsistent releases?

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

While Valve hasn't really done much good in the last few years, I do think he deserves recognition as a great gaming figure.

koospetoors
koospetoors

I hope Half Life 3 ends up being worth the weight...


Hrmmpfpfpfpfpfffpf...

mattcake
mattcake

An overweight developer is like an overweight chef - you have to trust them cos you know they try/test what they are making waaay too often :)

WoodenStick
WoodenStick

Did Gunpei Yokoi ever receive the Bafta award? he's the man.

JeyNyce
JeyNyce

Where do you guys get these pics of Gabe from?  Too Funny!

aryanbrar
aryanbrar

I just hope he doesn't eat the award whole.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

Getting a good laugh from some of these comments... Who would've thought that a video games developer wouldn't be some kind of physical adonis? If you can't think of anything relevant to his achievements in the industry to comment upon, don't bother. If all you have is a personal comment aimed at him, keep it to yourself. And then take a long hard look at yourself and decide if you're really so perfect that you can go attacking some dude you don't even know.

laser00
laser00

I really don't understand why there is so much hate for this guy...what did he or valve ever do to you. Uncivilised people who still look at the physicality of a person instead of what's inside really irks me. 

Mugzippit
Mugzippit

BAFTA awards take place on the 5th of march... I really hope they are taking valve time into consideration here! Congrats to Gabe though, without Valve, the world would be a darker place.

Kazuma_Kiryu
Kazuma_Kiryu

Huzzah! (I never seem to get bored of that picture :)

gyuhankim
gyuhankim

Amazing dev with a genius mind!

sababa007
sababa007

Gabe is one of the greatest developers out there considering that without him the PC community would be dead right now and no one could have known modders are even exist because Valve are one of the few to give them a chance to express themselves, but apparently some people can't appreciate that because they are freaking noob console gamers who preffer playing COD shit and paying 15$ for every 5-maps pack.

bannermanner
bannermanner

Ctrl-F.  Half-Life 3.  /disappointment.  Alt-F4.

DoctorTanaka
DoctorTanaka

That photo needs to be used in internet memes

visionedorange
visionedorange

new report just in: "Gabe Newell to eat BAFTA Fellowship award"

Warful
Warful

Here you go, have a prize - NOW GO MAKE A GAME WITH A FREAKIN "3" IN IT.

gladin09
gladin09

LOL Gamespot love that picture.

IndiePrower
IndiePrower

He looks like a fat version of Steve Irwin with glasses

spike6958
spike6958

The only thing this guy deserves is a bullet.

powerdesignkid
powerdesignkid

Met the guy a few years ago, he was a huge asshole. Probably not surprising but now I wish I hadn't met him.

CreMax90
CreMax90

Please Gamespot, choose a better photo for Gabe Newell. He deserves better.

H0rizon
H0rizon

Never realized how much of an ugly fucker he is.

scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

Nice "To Catch a Predator" mugshot there. They couldn't take a better picture of the poor guy, dang?

aeterna789
aeterna789

GameSpot could at least have chosen a better photo.

LtCmdrShepard
LtCmdrShepard

Hes one of the few people that doesnt deserve an award. Not one developer i can think of that is worse. Hate the guy.

zoeyleft
zoeyleft

gabe is one pysically unattractive guy.

runarjenssen
runarjenssen

The man should've received it upon birth. What's been the hold-up?

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

In game TF2 & DotA 2 BAFTA items please ;), dam they really can't count to 3.

Valve ftw, well deserved, Now about Half-Life 3...


berserker66666
berserker66666

Gabe will look like the photo when asked about Half Life 3 at BAFTA. Otherwise congratulations.