The founders of Rockstar Games and Grand Theft Auto’s lead developer are to be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall Of Fame.

Dan and Sam Houser and Leslie Benzies join previous inductees including Valve’s Gabe Newell, BioWare founders Dr. Greg Zeschuk and Dr. Ray Muzyka, Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney, and Sony’s Mark Cerny.

"Sam, Dan and Leslie have developed some of this generation's defining interactive masterpieces," said Academy president Martin Rae.

"It is an honour to induct the Rockstar team to the Academy's Hall of Fame, they are among great company. Their commitment to their craft and their passion in creating such memorable experiences is a true testament to their achievements as auteurs."

Microsoft VP Phil Harrison said he was proud to be presenting the award to the trio.

"A rare combination of cultural savvy, technical prowess and a deep passion for interactive entertainment has made Rockstar Games a global success story that has helped propel the games medium forward," he said.

The honour will be bestowed upon the three men at the 17th DICE Awards, which will be held on February 6 at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas and co-hosted by Felicia Day and Freddie Wong.