'Father of the PlayStation' Ken Kutaragi to receive GDCA Lifetime Achievement Award

By Steve Watts, Jan 28, 2014 1:45pm PST

Ken Kutaragi, the former Sony Computer Entertainment CEO sometimes lovingly referred to as "Father of the PlayStation," will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCAs). The ceremony is set to take place alongside the standard game awards on March 19 in San Francisco.

Kutaragi began his career in video games by creating the SPC700, the sound chip used in Super NES. He then served as lead engineer of the PlayStation project, and headed up the effort to launch its successor, the PlayStation 2. He was Deputy Executive President during the launch of the PlayStation 3, and in 2007 retired into an honorary chairman role. He currently serves as president and CEO of Cyber AI Entertainment, Inc.

PlayStation 4 lead architect Mark Cerny will be the one to present Kutaragi with his award. The rest of the festivities will be hosted by Respawn community manager Abbie Heppe. Capybara Games president Nathan Vella will present the Independent Games Festival Awards, to take place just before the GDCAs.

"The PlayStation has become a household name, representing some of the biggest and best gaming experiences of all time," GDC general manager Meggan Scavio said in the announcement. "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. 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."

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