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Gabe Newell to receive BAFTA Fellowship award

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Valve's Gabe Newell will be awarded a BAFTA Fellowship this year, it was announced by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Newell will join previous BAFTA Fellows, all awarded for their influence on the games industry today, including Peter Molyneux in 2011, Shigeru Miyamoto in 2010, Nolan Bushnell in 2009 and Will Wright in 2007.

"It is an honor for myself and everyone at Valve to be presented such an award by one of the world's most respected and recognized organisations," said Gabe Newell, responding to the news in a prepared statement.

"Valve owes a tremendous thanks to many in the UK to those who have played our games, to the great support of the U.K. press, and to U.K.-based creative contributors such as Garry Newman [maker of Garry's Mod.]

"I look forward to accepting this prestigious honor on behalf of everyone in our community."

Harvey Elliott, Chair of the BAFTA Games Committee, praised Newell for his "unique" contribution to the gaming industry, stating: "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."

This year's British Academy Games Awards takes place on March 5, as hosted by comedian Dara O'Briain.