Gabe Newell to receive BAFTA Fellowship award

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

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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.

Discussion

87 comments
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. 

StinkySkunkGirl
StinkySkunkGirl

@Strider8009 Not by much, though. Gaston's is pretty bad, but at least he has a normal expression.

Majkic666
Majkic666

@PSYCHOV3N0M Because Gabe doesn't bribe Gamespot and so Gamespot doen't like him and use the same old bad pic

Majkic666
Majkic666

@koospetoors hmm.... i dont think it will weight much... box will probably weight as much as other game boxes while the digital version will weight nothing

maddog123
maddog123

@frozenux sweet Jesus, gabe, p90x that shit. also congrats, also, WHERE THE HELL IS HALF LIFE 3!!!!!!!!!!!

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

@frozenux 

he should also given an award for "Most fatty developer of gaming world"

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

@aryanbrar Yeah, 'cos everyone knows that any fat person will eat absolutely anything that they can pick up.

IgotEpixx
IgotEpixx

@Shanks_D_Chop Get a grip. The "Gabe Newell weight" jokes are almost always made by the fans. There's nothing malicious behind them, its just a running (albeit not very funny) joke in most cases.

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

I think it's rather indicative of the name caller.

You don't like someone's work but have no good demonstrative reason to do so??? 

Hate on their appearance!

Halloll
Halloll

@laser00 if you live in a country with crappy internet you would understand.

GameFan1983
GameFan1983

@MAD_AI @frozenux meanwhile in real life..... 99% PC gamers looked like above pic with IQ of a keyborad they smashing everyday.....   (hint: I'm a PC gamer with 6 pack and I'm a CE3 modder and a environment artist for a none commerical studio but PC gamers are usually stupid)

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

@IgotEpixx @Shanks_D_Chop I'd like you to re-read your comment and consider how stupid it sounds. Are you sure it's me who needs to get a grip? Or is it the fans who apparently continue to make unnecessary jokes which you yourself realise aren't very funny? They aren't funny at all, they're crude and pointless. Consider at what point they stop being jokes and become outright insults.

So I'm sorry, I didn't realise that standing up for manners and good conduct are indicative of a poor grip on reality. /sarcasm

sababa007
sababa007

@IgotEpixx @Shanks_D_Chop People are'nt just saying he is fat anymore they are saying how ugly he is and all that stuff - but what does it have to do with anything related to gaming? so stop saying that it has gone way to far. He may not be a beauty model obviously but he is defenetly a role model for every enthusiastic game developer out there.