Peter Molyneux , the creative force behind some of the world’s most popular and enduring video games, will receive the British Academy of Film and Television Artsâ€™ Fellowship at this yearâ€™s GAME British Academy Video Games Awards.
Molyneux is one of the best-known names in the international world of computer games. He co-founded Bullfrog Productions in 1987 and created a new genre of computer games known as â€œthe God gameâ€, with the release of Populous.Â Â Since then he has been responsible for a string of massive gaming titles including Powermonger, Theme Park, Magic Carpet, Dungeon Keeper and the Fable series. Cumulative sales of his games are at approximately fifteen million worldwide.
On being invited to receive the Fellowship, Peter Molyneuxsaid: â€œI remember back in 1967 watching the first BAFTA awards on television with my family and seeing them being so excited about those accolades. Never in my wildest dreams did IÂ ever thinkÂ it would be possible for me to accept oneÂ of the greatest honours the entertainment industry has to offer. My first thought on learning that I was awarded an Academy Fellowship Â was that to be in Â the company of some of the greatest talents the entertainment industry has ever seen is truly humblingÂ and secondly that this an award Â not just for myself, but for all the people Iâ€™ve ever worked withâ€.
Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said: â€œWe are delighted to be honouring Peter at this point in his long and successful career in video games.Â He is one of the leading figures in the development of video games as an art form and an inspiration to the next generation of creative mindsâ€.
The GAME British Academy Video Games Awards will take place on Wednesday 16 March at the London Hilton on Park Lane. The Awards will be streamed live for the first time at go.ign.com/baftamicrosite, as well as at www.bafta.org