Gabe Newell will be the 17th inductee into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Science (AIAS) Hall of Fame.

Valve’s co-founder and president helped develop the Source Engine and Steam, as well as franchises and games such as Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress.

Inductees to the Academy are recognised for pushing genres forward with influential products.

Newell will receive his award from Epic Games president Dr. Michael Capps, who serves on the AIAS board of directors and the AIAS awards committee.

“Gabe is a living legend of the video games industry, and his relentless focus on customer experience has made our whole industry a better place,” said Capps.

“Valve’s unconventional success is an inspiration for us all, and I couldn’t be more pleased to present Gabe’s Hall of Fame award.”

AIAS president Martin Rae also had kind words for Newell.

“Gabe is one of the most cherished and respected figures in the industry not only for his technological innovations in advancing many of today’s highly successful video games, but also for his unique stance towards leadership and management.”

Past AIAS Hall of Fame recipients include Tim Sweeney (2012), Dr. Greg Zeschuk (2011), Dr. Ray Muzyka (2011), Mark Cerny (2010), and Bruce Shelley (2009).