GDC Special Awards Recipients Announced

The organizers of the 12th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA) have revealed the recipients of two of its Special Awards: the Pioneer Award and the Ambassador Award. The Pioneer Award is given to a developer for creating breakthrough video game genres or concepts that have a lasting impact on the industry. The Ambassador Award is given to individuals who do something that elevates the video game development community and industry as a whole.

This year's Pioneer Award will be given to Dave Theurer, a legendary Atari arcade game designer from the 1980's who created such classic titles as Missile Command, Tempest, and I, Robot.

The Ambassador Award will be given to two individual s: Ken Doroshow and Paul M. Smith, the First Amendment lawyers who argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the game industry in the Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association case.

These individuals will be honored at Game Developers Conference as part of the Game Developers Choice Awards.

"It's very difficult to find a game developer who doesn't have a single memory of Missile Command or his other classic, Tempest," said Meggan Scavio, general manager of the Game Developers Conference. "We're delighted to honor Dave Theurer for his work as a designer which resulted in shaping so many developers' creative drive in the genre."

"The dedication that both Doroshow and Smith brought to the Brown v. EMA case will forever make them heroes to anyone who understands the value of this industry," added Scavio of the duo. "With their legal teams, these two lawyers advanced the games industry in such a way that developers' livelihoods and intellectual properties are protected."

The 12th Annual Choice Awards takes place on March 7 at 6:30 pm at the San Francisco Moscone Center. The awards are open to all Game Developers Conference attendees.

For more information on this year's awards, visit

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