The “Father of the PlayStation” will finally be honored by the Game Developers Choice Awards for his accomplishments while serving as the CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment. He brought Sony’s first console and its subsequent iterations. The former Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Ken Kutaragi will receive the well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th annual Game Developers Choice Awards. Mark Cerny will be presenting the honor to him on Wednesday, March 19th at 6:30 pm at the Moscone Convention Center during the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
He was the lead engineer during the development of the first PlayStation, he helped begin an era of growth in video games, and he helped create the system that was the first to sell over 100 million units. The console’s successor, the PlayStation 2, went on to become the world’s bestselling console, with 155 million units sold worldwide.
Kutaragi was the Deputy Executive President of Sony from 2003 to 2006, he oversaw the launch of the PlayStation 3. In 2007, he was named the Honorary Chairman of Sony Computer 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.”