BAFTA has announced that it will honour League of Legends developer Riot Games with a special award at E3 in a few weeks.
The award will be presented to co-CEOs and co-founders Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, on behalf of Riot Games at an event in West Hollywood on June 12th. It is in recognition of the studio’s creative contribution to the games industry, which seems fair enough.
“Riot Games has had a major influence on our industry, from the way they work as a company, to the way they have constantly improved and evolved League of Legends, through to their approach in esports and the way they create wonderful must-see events,” said Nick Button-Brown, Chair of BAFTA’s Games Committee. “Their worldwide events, their stadium-filling matches and the generation of stars that they have created have changed the way we and many other industries look at games. At BAFTA we aim to champion innovation and creativity. We are therefore delighted to recognise Riot Games with this BAFTA Special Award.”
Other people to receive a special award like this include Brenda Romero, Amy Hennig and Markus “Notch” Persson.