The "Father of the PlayStation" will finally be honored by the Game Developers Choice Awards for his accomplishments while serving as the CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment – bringing the masses Sony's very first home console and its subsequent iterations. Former Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Ken Kutaragi will receive a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards. He'll be presented with the honor by PlayStation 4 lead architect Mark Cerny on Wednesday, March 19 at 6:30 pm at the Moscone Convention Center during the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
As the lead engineer of the PlayStation, Ken Kutaragi helped begin the era of unprecedented growth in the world of videogames, creating a system that was the first to sell over 100 million units. Its successor, the PlayStation 2, went on to become the best-selling console system of all time with 155 million units sold. Kutaragi was appointed to the position of Deputy Executive President from 2003 to 2006, overseeing the launch of the PlayStation 3. In 2007, he was named the Honorary Chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Kutaragi now serves as the president and CEO of Cyber AI Entertainment Inc.
"The PlayStation has become a household name, representing some of the biggest and best gaming experiences of all time. 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," said Meggan Scavio, General Manager of all GDC events. "We're honored to have Kutaragi-san present at the event, and heartened to recognize a true visionary that helped bring about an unparalleled era of growth in the industry."
Lifetime Achievement recipients are chosen by the Game Developers Choice Awards Advisory Committee, which includes game industry notables such as Mark Cerny, Doug Lombardi (of Valve), Harvey Smith (Arkane), Raph Koster (Independent), Chris Charla (Microsoft), and John Vechey (PopCap).
The Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, March 19th at 6:30 p.m. PT at the Moscone Convention Center during the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The ceremony is open to all Game Developers Conference attendees. The show will be held immediately following the Independent Games Festival awards, and for the fourth consecutive year, those not attending GDC can watch both sets of awards show live online via GameSpot.com.
You can learn more about this year's GDC Awards by visiting www.gdconf.com.