Will Wright gets BAFTA Fellowship

The Sims creator becomes the first person from the video games industry to be honoured with the accolade.


Over the last 59 years, famous names from film and TV have been inducted into the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Fellowship. These names have included greats such as Charlie Chaplin, Richard Attenborough, Stanley Kubrick, Michael Caine, Steven Spielberg, and Alfred Hitchcock. This year, for the first time, someone from the video games industry will be honoured.

That person will be Will Wright, the creator of such games as the SimCity franchise and the megasuccessful Sims franchise. Wright is currently working on the ambitious Spore.

The BAFTA Fellowship is the highest honour that the Academy can give, and is offered to those who have made exceptional achievements and work throughout their careers. Academy chairwoman Hilary Bevan Jones commented, "Will's immense, creative body of work and his continued contribution to the industry make him a most worthy recipient of the Fellowship and being such a pioneer, we are thrilled that he will be the first person to receive this honour."

Wright will receive his award at this year's ceremony, which takes place at London's Battersea Evolution on October 23. Funnyman Vic Reeves will be hosting the event.

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