Ian Livingstone will receive the top Development Legend honour at next month’s Develop Awards.
He joins a list of esteemed former recipients of an award previously given to Peter Molyneux, David Braben, Charles Cecil, the Gower brothers and Phil Harrison.
The award acknowledges a raft of work done to support games developers and the video games industry across a career lasting over 35 years so far, and will be presented at a ceremony on the evening of July 20th at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Brighton.
Livingstone is one of the most respected figures in the industry: he co-founded Games Workshop, nurtured major franchises including Tomb Raider, has invested in numerous successful new independent studios, and is a key advisor to the Government on games-relevant issues such as finance and education.
"This award honours Ian’s many achievements in gaming across an illustrious career,” said Michael French, editor-in-chief of Develop.
"From establishing the UK’s gaming roots, to publishing some of its most iconic games creations, supporting new developers, and beating the drum for a better education system or championing our innovative industry on the global stage, Ian has done it all. The UK industry is indebted to him."
Then and now… Ian Livingstone
Livingstone himself added: "I’m very fortunate to have been part of the UK games industry for over 35 years. To receive this coveted Award is a genuine honour. Recognition by the development community is particularly satisfying and I am very grateful. Thank you all in the Develop team."
The Development Legend award is sponsored by Babel Media. Other Develop Awards sponsors include Crytek, Amiqus, gamecity:hamburg, OPM, Nova Scotia Business International, Imagination Studios, Supermassive Games, Fmod, MPG Universal.
To book a place at the awards, contact Kathryn.Humphrey@intentmedia.co.uk or call +44 (0)1992 535 646.