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David Braben given OBE in Queen's Birthday Honours

By Matthew Handrahan

David Braben given OBE in Queen's Birthday Honours

Mon 16 Jun 2014 9:00am GMT / 5:00am EDT / 2:00am PDT

Elite co-creator thanks the team at Frontier Developments

Frontier's David Braben is now David Braben OBE after being named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Braben's achievements stretch right back to the very origins of the British games industry, specifically with his role in the creation of the pioneering space sim Elite. He is also the founder and the CEO of Frontier Developments, one of the UK's biggest independent developers, and a trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Responding to the news on Twitter, Braben was quick to mention his team at Frontier Developments, with whom he wishes to share the honour.

Braben expressed similar sentiments on the Frontier website, also mentioning his pride at the studio exhibiting at E3 without a publisher for the first time. It was showing Elite: Dangerous, which received several nominations and one "Game of the Show" award.

Braben joins a distinguished list of British game developers who have received honours, including Peter Molyneux, Ian Livingstone, David Gardner, Jason Kingsley, Charles Cecil, Andy Payne and David and Richard Darling.

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Nick Parker Consultant

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Very well done David, about time too.

Posted:2 years ago


Phil Elliott Project Lead, Collective; Head of Community (London), Square Enix

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Congratulations David!

Posted:2 years ago


Richard Browne Partner & Head of Interactive, Many Rivers Productions

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Fantastic news and well deserved.

Posted:2 years ago


Nick Burcombe CEO & Co Founder, Playrise Digital Ltd.

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Well done! And well deserved. David Braben has done some much for this industry over the years. One of the pioneers that helped start this amazing industry here in the UK. Bravo!

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Nick Burcombe on 17th June 2014 9:24am

Posted:2 years ago


Tony Cox Director of Development, Microsoft

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Congratulations to David. Very well deserved!

Posted:2 years ago


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