Valve CEO and cult hero Gabe Newell is set to be honoured by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts with the Academy Fellowship at this year’s British Academy Game Awards on the 5th of March, the Academy’s highest accolade for an individual, given “in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to games”.

“It is an honour for myself and everyone at Valve to be presented such an award by one of the world’s most respected and recognised organisations,” said Newell on notification of his Fellowship. “Valve owes a tremendous thanks to many in the UK – to those who have played our games, to the great support of the UK press, and to UK-based creative contributors such as Garry Newman.”

Harvey Elliot, Chair of Bafta’s Games Committee, added: “Gabe’s contribution to the industry is unique, and he is very different to many others that Bafta could recognise. As well as enjoying great critical and commercial success with phenomenally popular titles 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.”

The British Academy Games Awards ceremony, which takes place at the London Hilton, Park Lane, will be streamed live on Twitch. A highlights show will be televised on Challenge (Freeview Channel 46, Sky Channel 125, Virgin Channel 139) on the 11th of March at 10pm GMT.