Newell will be recognized for being “an inspiration developer and truly deserving of Fellow recognition”.
The British Academy of Film and Television has chosen Valve CEO Gabe Newell for a fellowship. Harvey Elliott, the chair of the BAFTA Games Committee, stated, “As well as enjoying great critical and commercial success with phenomenally popular franchises such as Portal and Half-Life, his work in giving back to the games industry through developing and showcasing other games makers has been outstanding.
“He is an inspirational developer and truly deserving of our Fellow recognition.”
Newell responded with, “It is an honour for myself and everyone at Valve to be presented such an award by one of the world’s most respected and recognized organisations.
“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 honour on behalf of everyone in our community.”