Valve CEO Gabe Newell has thanked the UK, upon the announcement that he is to be honoured by BAFTA with the Academy Fellowship at this year's British Academy Games Awards.
Awarded annually by BAFTA, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to games.
Previous games Fellows include Peter Molyneux, Shigeru Miyamoto and Will Wright. This year's ceremony takes place on March 5 at the London Hilton, Park Lane.
On being informed of his Fellowship, Newell said: "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 recognised 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 honor on behalf of everyone in our community."
Harvey Elliott, Chair of BAFTA's Games Committee, added: "Gabe's contribution to the industry is unique, and he is very different to many others that BAFTA could recognise.
"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's games career spans three decades, having started at Microsoft in 1983 and then founded the Half-Life studio in 1996.