Ken Kutaragi, former CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment and the “Father of the PlayStation”, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Game Developers Conference in March.
Kutaragi first created the SPC700, which was the sound chip used in the Super Nintendo, after which he headed over to Sony to create the PlayStation in 1994, where he was lead engineer, and stayed on board to see the release of the PS2 and PS3.
In 2007, he became the Honorary Chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. 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 will take place on March 19 at the Moscone Convention Center during GDC in San Francisco. The ceremony is open to all Game Developers Conference attendees.