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Rockstar Games founders to be inducted in AIAS Hall of Fame

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Rockstar Games founders Dan Houser and Sam Houser and Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies will be inducted as the 18th, 19th and 20th members of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame on Feb. 6, it was announced today.

The Hall of Fame honorees will be presented by Microsoft's corporate vice president Phil Harrison who worked alongside the studio from its inception.

"A rare combination of cultural savvy, technical prowess and a deep passion for interactive entertainment has made Rockstar Games a global success story that has helped propel the games medium forward," Harrison said in a prepared statement. "I am proud and honored to present Leslie, Sam and Dan with this award on behalf of the entire industry."

Rockstar Games was founded in 1998 and acquired Rockstar North, known formerly as DMA Design a year later. The group's induction into the Hall of Fame is the result of an evaluation from the Academy based on industry leaders who have been instrumental in games development and the moving of a particular genre forward.  Past AIAS Hall of Fame recipients include Gabe Newell, Tim Sweeney, Dr. Greg Zeschuk, Dr. Ray. Muzyka, Mark Cerny and Bruce Shelley.

The Rockstar heads will be honored during the 17th annual D.I.C.E. awards this week at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas. This year's awards will be co-hosted by Felicia Day and Freddie Wong, and will be live streamed on Twitch.