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Kaz Hirai is this year's Nite to Unite Honoree

Sony president and CEO Kaz Hirai has been named as the the 2013 ESA Champion Honoree at this year's Nite to Unite game industry charity shindig.

The annual event, hosted by game publishing organization the Entertainment Software Association for the past 16 years, raises money for children's charities. Previous honorees include Valve chief Gabe Newell, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime, former Microsoft grandee Robbie Bach and George Lucas.

Before his promotion to the key job at Sony, Hirai played a pivotal role in rise of the PlayStation platform, guiding console launches from the original PlayStation to the Vita.

"I'm extremely honored to be recognized by the ESA," said Hirai. "Being a part of the gaming world for the past 18 years, where I've had the opportunity to work with some of the most creative and brilliant people across the globe, has been one of the most rewarding periods of my career."

Tickets for the black tie event, which takes place in San Francisco on Oct. 23, are $750.