GAMES FIRM Rockstar will pick up a Bafta fellowship at next week's Academy Games Awards.
The firm will be rewarded for "ground breaking" work in video games, according to Bafta, and will join luminaries like Gabe Newell, Peter Molyneux, Shigeru Miyamoto and Will Wright.
According to Bafta, the "driving forces" behind the firm, who are named as Sam Houser, Dan Houser, Aaron Garbut and Leslie Benzies, will turn up at the Bafta gong show next Wednesday and leave with shiny acknowledgements of their achievements.
The reason for the awards is the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) game series, which Bafta said was "revolutionary", however, other games have also won plaudits, including chaps and big hats title Red Dead Redemption.
"It is Rockstar Games' revolutionary approach to games that helped bring the medium to the masses, particularly with Grand Theft Auto, one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful game series of all time," said Bafta.
"It was the Grand Theft Auto series' shift into 3D with Grand Theft Auto III [GTA 3] that raised the bar for game-making, as players were immersed in a highly detailed, open world where they could explore gritty urban locations and follow the game's narrative at their own pace. The game's resounding success earned the company global recognition."
Rockstar built on its success, Bafta added, and last year it released Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5) to critical and gamers' acclaim.
The firm is pleased to be in its present position. "We have long believed in the potential for videogames to become a new form of cultural expression and worked to show that in our games, so for us accepting the Bafta Fellowship is incredibly humbling," said Rockstar Games founder Sam Houser.
"This honour reflects the creative vision and dedication of a huge number of people over many years, and we look forward to accepting the Fellowship on their behalf."
Harvey Elliott, chair of Bafta's Games Committee, said that the gong is "wholly deserved".
Rockstar is having a good time of it at the moment, and the GTA 5 title is doing well. A Guinness world's record winner for sales, GTA 5 sold 32.5 million units last year. µ
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