Come February Valve's Gabe Newell will be the latest industry name to be added to the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame.
"Gabe is one of the most cherished and respected figures in the industry not only for his technological innovations in advancing many of today's highly successful video games, but also for his unique stance towards leadership and management," said AIAS president Martin Rae.
"Gabe's vision for the interactive industry has created lasting effects that have completely reshaped this generation's digital distribution model, paving the way for independent developers and creating an invaluable service for consumers. It is a great honor to have Gabe inducted into the Academy's Hall of Fame."
He'll be awarded the honour in February at the DICE Summit, where he'll also be the keynote speaker.
He follows in the footsteps of Sims creator Will Wright, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto and Blizzard's Michael Morhaime. He'll be the the 17th person to receive the honour since it was created in 1998.
"Gabe is a living legend of the video games industry, and his relentless focus on customer experience has made our whole industry a better place," added Epic's Mike Capps.
"Valve's unconventional success is an inspiration for us all, and I couldn't be more pleased to present Gabe's Hall of Fame award."