Rockstar Games, the studio behind Red Dead Redemption and the hit Grand Theft Auto franchise, is to be honoured at this year’s British Academy Games Awards ceremony.
The studio will be presented with the Fellowship – the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.
The accolade will be accepted by Rockstar founder Sam Houser, Dan Houser, Leslie Benzies and Aaron Garbut.
Previous winners for their work on games include Gabe Newell, Peter Molyneux, Shigeru Miyamoto and Will Wright.
“We have long believed in the potential for videogames 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,” said Houser.
“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, added: “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. Rockstar, this Fellowship is wholly deserved.”
This year’s British Academy Games Awards will be held at the Tobacco Dock, London, on Wednesday 12 March.