The pioneer award, which first showed at the 2008 Game Developers Choice Awards, is for those who are ‘responsible for developing a vital technology or game design at a crucial juncture in video game history, paving the way for the many who followed them’.
Steam is this vital technology. Not only has it helped the Valve team bring award-winning games like Half-Life 2, Portal and Team-fortress 2 to our computers, but it has brought us a constantly growing list of non-Valve games, from AAA titles to Indie classics.
Gabe Newell will be getting up on stage in front of over 3,000 of the industry’s top developers at GDC 2010, held in San Francisco this March.
Excellent work, Gabe.