Epic Games founder and current CEO Tim
Sweeney has been selected as the 16th inductee into the
Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) Hall of Fame. Set
to be made official during the 2012 D.I.C.E. Summit this February, the
honor will see Sweeney rewarded for his contributions to gaming,
including his development of the Unreal Engine and his hand in
creating some of gaming's most memorable franchises.
“Tim’s vision has changed the face
of gaming with the advent of the Unreal Engine and the commitment of
Epic, as a studio, to bring both consumer and industry-facing
technology to new heights.” said Martin Rae, President of the
Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences in this week's announcement.
“We’re honored to add Tim Sweeney to our Hall of Fame. His
unrelenting and innovative work on behalf of developers and gamers
has created the imaginative games that help to drive the success of
game maker from birth, Sweeney started Epic in 1991 while studying
mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland. Best known for
shareware games like Jazz Jackrabbit and Epic Pinball, it wasn't
until Sweeney coded the text-based game ZZT that Epic truly started
to flourish. From that point forward, the studio became a major player in the industry, introducing developers to the Unreal Engine in
1998, and gamers to hit series like Unreal
Tournament and Gears of War.
people in the game industry are aware of what a brilliant technical
visionary he is, but what they might not realize is that he is also a
great leader and thinks deeply about how to use technology to empower
artists and creatives to be successful and realize their vision - not
only at Epic but around the world in the studios who license our
Unreal Engine technology," stated Mark Rein, Epic's vp, adding,
“I am very proud to call him my friend and mentor, and am thrilled
that I will be able to present this well-deserved award to him. I
wish everyone in the industry could know Tim as I do."
Games also celebrated Sweeney's induction with a tweet, proclaiming, “We
are so proud of Tim Sweeney on his induction into the AIAS Hall of
Fame! Congratulations Tim!”
will officially join past inductees such as Shigeru Miyamoto, Will
Wright, Sid Meier and last year's honorees, the BioWare Doctors, when
he is sworn in during the AIAS Awards on February 9, 2012, during the
2012 D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas.