Former Sony Computer Entertainment chairman and CEO Ken Kutaragi was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the games industry during the 14th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
“The PlayStation has become a household name, representing some of the biggest and best gaming experiences of all time,” said GDC General Manager Meggan Scavio in a statement. “Its success and longevity is a reflection of the insight, craft, technical prowess and hard work of the team led by Kutaragi-san, the father of the PlayStation.”
Kutaragi retired as honorary chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment in 2011, after a career spanning over two decades at Sony. SCE and three generations of PlayStation consoles were launched during his tenure at the Japanese publisher.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for Nintendo 3DS was also chosen as Best Handheld/Mobile Game at the GDC awards ceremony. Other nominees included Fire Emblem: Awakening (Nintendo 3DS), DEVICE 6 (iOS), Ridiculous Fishing (iOS/Android) and Tearaway (Sony PlayStation Vita).
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, released for the Nintendo 3DS in late 2013, is the seventeenth instalment in Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda action-adventure series. The critically acclaimed title has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
The 28th annual Game Developers Conference concluded in San Francisco last week, featuring over 400 sessions, nearly 350 exhibiting companies and a record 24,000 attendees, according to event producer UBM Tech Game Network. GDC will return to the Moscone Center in San Francisco next year on 2 March.
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