Gabe Newell Is 2010's Game Developers Choice Pioneer

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Valve's Gabe Newell joins the prestigious company of Ralph Baer, Alex Rigopulos, and Eran Egozy as the 2010 winner of the Game Developers Choice Awards Pioneer Award, honoring breakthrough figures in the game industry.


Ralph Baer, winner of the 2008 Pioneer award, is widely considered to be the father of video games. Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy founded Harmonix, scoring them the 2009 Pioneer. What did Gabe Newell do to earn the accolade in 2010? Gabe scores the award for not only having a hand in creating some of the most influential video games of all time (Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress), but also for his work in co-creating Steam, the service that revolutionized digital distribution.

Newell will be on stage at the 2010 Game Developers Choice Awards at GDC in March to accept this honor, and Kotaku will be there, passing a tissue box back and forth as we weep with joy. We always get emotional at these things.


Koda Kazar

On one hand, he deserves it cause Valve is one of the few companies truly keeping PC gaming alive.....on the other hand, the dude is extremely lazy for flat out refusing to take time and money(god knows Valve has more than enough of that) to actually try and learn how to properly code for the PS3, and instead opted to ignore the money they could be making from that system as well.