The Academy of Interactive Arts and Science has announced Gabe Newell will be the 17th inductee into the AIAS Hall of Fame. Valve's co-founder and president will also headline the D.I.C.E. 2013 Summit stage as Thursday conference keynote speaker.
Newell's influence can be felt across the gaming spectrum. His leadership has helped develop the Source engine, Steam, and plenty of key franchises. If you haven't played Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Left 4 Dead, Portal and Team Fortress, you should do right now.
The AIAS honor is given to individuals who have contributed to pushing genres forward with influential products. Newell will receive his award from Epic Games president Dr. Michael Capps, who serves on the AIAS board of directors and the AIAS awards committee.
"Gabe is a living legend of the video games industry, and his relentless focus on customer experience has made our whole industry a better place," said Capps. "Valve's unconventional success is an inspiration for us all, and I couldn't be more pleased to present Gabe's Hall of Fame award."
Other figures of authority also had plenty of praise for Newell.
"Gabe is one of the most cherished and respected figures in the industry not only for his technological innovations in advancing many of today's highly successful video games, but also for his unique stance towards leadership and management," said Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.
The 16th D.I.C.E. Awards will take place February 7, 2013, at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.
Past AIAS Hall of Fame recipients include: Tim Sweeney (2012), Dr. Greg Zeschuk (2011), Dr. Ray Muzyka (2011), Mark Cerny (2010), and Bruce Shelley (2009).