BAFTA has announced this morning that, this year the organisation will be awarding Gabe Newell the BAFTA Fellowship at the British Academy Games Awards on March 5th for his contribution to gaming.
Gabe has been active in the games industry since 1983 when he started at Microsoft. He has had a very successful career which really took off with Valve thanks to the Half Life franchise, as well as the more recent Left 4 Dead and Portal series.
Steam has also played a huge part in the success of Valve, though it was met with criticism when it first released. Now though, Steam has become one of the biggest game purchase services online, with Steam Sales being popular for cutting prices of releases by huge amounts.
Recently gamers have been wondering about the existence of the next Half Life game, with the last release in the series being Half Life 2: Episode Two in 2007. Rumours have pointed to the game being open world, and Valve have even decided to tease the public with t-shirts.
Gabe Newell will be joining the likes of Peter Molyneux, Shigeru Miyamoto, Will Wright and Nolan Bushnell when he accepts the award. The full nomination list for the awards can be seen here