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Gabe Newell to be honoured at ESA charity event

Wednesday, 3rd October 2012 04:34 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Valve founder Gabe Newell will be named Champion Honouree at the Entertainment Software Association’s annual Nite to Unite.

The black tie charity affair, now in its 15th year, picks one industry figure each year to be inducted into its list of champions. Past honourees include George Lucas and Mike Morhaime.

ESA president Mike Gallagher described Newell as a “visionary innovator” whose success has “broadened the industry” for both gamers and creators.

“He has brought that same tenacity to working with schools and students, expanding access to digital learning while demonstrating that a commitment to positive social impact and leadership in business go hand-in-hand,” Gallagher added.

Nite to Unite will take place on October 18 in San Francisco. All proceeds from the dinner – which costs an eye-opening $750 per person – go towards Entertainment Software Association Foundation activities including scholarships and special events like the recent Smithsonian exhibit, The Art of Video Games.

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  1. roadkill

    Congrats Gabe! You’ve earned it. :) Unlike some other idiots. Wth is Morhaime doing on that list!?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Talkar

    ^What do you mean? Without him Esports wouldn’t be what it is today.
    We wouldn’t have MMORPG’s the size of WoW.
    And how many companies support games with patches a decade after they’re released? I don’t see Valve doing that.
    What is your point exactly?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. viralshag

    @2, I don’t know why you bother. He’s just a troll.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. roadkill

    “Without him Esports wouldn’t be what it is today.” I’m not sure how to reply to that.

    “We wouldn’t have MMORPG’s the size of WoW.” Actually we would. Blizzard did not invent MMORPGs just like id didn’t invent FPSs no matter how much they will keep saying that they did.

    “And how many companies support games with patches a decade after they’re released? I don’t see Valve doing that.” LOL! Valve is doing exactly that! Are you.. are you retarded? Do you not play Valve games? Do you not use Steam? I’m sorry do you not read the Steam news!?

    “What is your point exactly?” Mass fraud.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Talkar

    @4
    “I’m not sure how to reply to that.”
    That is likely because you aren’t able. Don’t feel bad :)

    “Actually we would. Blizzard did not invent MMORPGs”
    No, they didn’t invent them, i never claimed such a thing, but they did undeniably create the most successful, traditional MMORPG.

    “Valve is doing exactly that!”
    Ah, yes and the mass examples you provided prove just that, and you aren’t just blowing hot air. Oh wait.

    EDIT:
    @3
    True, didn’t consider that x)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. roadkill

    “That is likely because you aren’t able. Don’t feel bad” Well when someone makes a retarded statement then who can respond to that. So yes! I was not I not able to reply.

    “No, they didn’t invent them, i never claimed such a thing, but they did undeniably create the most successful, traditional MMORPG.” Successful yes. Any good!? NO! Guild Wars 1 was good. Guild Wars 2 is magnificent. But you need brains to play those.

    “Ah, yes and the mass examples you provided prove just that, and you aren’t just blowing hot air. Oh wait.” Yes because that’s what I should have done. Pull the patches list from Steam News. F**king douche-bag!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DSB

    Phew, for a moment there I thought Valve was a member of the ESA :P

    #7 2 years ago