This year’s BAFTA fellowship award will go to Tim Schafer, the Monkey Island co-creator and Double Fine founder.
Schafer is responsible for some of the best, most fondly remembered adventure games of all time: Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle, Monkey Island to name a few.
He is being honoured for his contributions at the British Academy Games Awards ceremony on April 12th.
Schafer responded to the selection, saying:
“I am surprised, humbled, and honored to be receiving the BAFTA Fellowship this year. BAFTA’s long-standing support of video games and championing of creativity and strong storytelling in that medium have had an extremely positive impact and I’m very grateful to be recognised.”
Schafer joins rarefied company, as the reward has been given out only eight times in the last decade: Gabe Newell, John Carmack, Shigeru Miyamoto, and Will Wright have been given the award.
The news comes after he was awarded the GDC Lifetime Achievement award at the tail end of last month.
He also isn’t one to rest on his laurels: not only has he been very prolific, having worked on thirty games in just many years, his studio, Double Fine, is currently working on Psychonauts 2.