Valve’s Gabe Newell to receive Pioneer Award at 2010 Game Developers Choice Awards

Saturday, 16th January 2010 17:57 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


The 2010 Game Developers Choice Awards has handed over the Pioneer prize to Valve’s Gabe Newell.

The Pioneer Award recognizes individuals “responsible for developing a vital technology or game design at a crucial juncture in video game history, paving the way for the many who followed them”, reports NewsWire.

During GDC 2010, Newell will be officially given the prestigious award when the ceremony takes place in March, and over 3,000 industry developers will be there to cheer him on.

Newell’s being awarded for his co-creation of Steam, along with the creation of some of the “most important video games of the past two decades”.

Last year, the Pioneer Award was presented to Harmonix co-founders Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy for making rhythm games such as Amplitude and Frequency, as well as creating the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises.



  1. Alakratt

    Gotta love him, there’s NEVER a decent picture of him around!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. jimmyn28

    Haha, agreed. Well-deserved, though. Valve is probably one of my favorite developers of all time. Influential not only in the aspect of games development, Valve (a la Newell and company) have done so much for the industry in terms of their inventive marketing strategies and the digital distribution platform.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. satsugai

    He seems to have a thing for polo shirts, he’s got one on in nearly every pic I’ve seen of him. :D
    Grats to you Gabe you deserve it.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. ShiroGamer

    well deserved

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Eregol

    This is almost like Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor getting a knighthood.
    Both around the same size, and both not really doing much.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. kdogg

    What did he do with the prize money? Buy a bag of super skunk?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. sennasnit

    He’s said a lot of stupid shit. I’ve lol’d over his PS3 comments.
    Having said that, i got some good deals from Steam over Christmas.

    @kdogg more like shares in Pukka Pies, by the looks of him.

    #7 5 years ago

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