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Former CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Ken Kutaragi will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the forthcoming Game Developers Choice Awards.

Kutaragi’s contribution dates back to early the 90s with the creation of the SNES console’s sound chip. In later years Kutaragi was behind the original PlayStation, which became the first system to sell over 100 million units, and the PlayStation 2, which became the best-selling console system of all time with 155 million units sold.

From 2003 to 2006 he was Deputy Executive President and oversaw the somewhat rockier launch of the PlayStation 3. In 2007, he became the Honorary Chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment. Kutaragi now serves as the president and CEO of Cyber AI Entertainment Inc.

“The PlayStation has become a household name, representing some of the biggest and best gaming experiences of all time. Its success and longevity is a reflection of the insight, craft, technical prowess and hard work of the team led by Kutaragi-san, the father of the PlayStation,” said Meggan Scavio, General Manager of all GDC events. “We’re honored to have Kutaragi-san present at the event, and heartened to recognize a true visionary that helped bring about an unparalleled era of growth in the industry.”

The Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday, March 19 at 6:30 pm at the Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco during the 2014 Game Developers Conference. You can find out more at http://www.gamechoiceawards.com

Nice one, Ken.


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