Rockstar, the developer behind the hugely successful Grand Theft Auto V, will be awarded a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Fellowship at the British Academy Games Awards this year.
Every year this honour is awarded and is the highest accolade given by the academy to recognize outstanding and/or exceptional contributions to television, film and games. Previous winners of the fellowship include Valve founder Gabe Newell, Fable creator Peter Molyneux and the “father of modern gaming” Shigeru Miyamoto.
Rockstar big cheeses Dan Houser, Sam Houser, Leslie Benzies and Aaron Garbut will attend the ceremony and collect the award on Rockstar’s behalf. Sam Houser said: “We have long believed in the potential for video games to become a new form of cultural expression and worked to show that in our games, so for us accepting the BAFTA Fellowship is incredibly humbling,” He added: “This honour reflects the creative vision and dedication of a huge number of people over many years, and we look forward to accepting the Fellowship on their behalf.”
Harvey Elliott, Chair of BAFTA’s Games Committee commented on awarding Rockstar saying: “It is hugely exciting to be able to recognise the amazing contribution made by Rockstar to the games industry over the past 16 years, the creativity and passion exhibited by the Rockstar teams have inspired a generation of game developers to raise the bar in every aspect of game development. From design and mechanics, through to storytelling, cinematics and audio immersion, and in the process creating games that compete so profoundly on a global stage across all entertainment media.”
The BAFTA’s will take place on the 12th of March in London.