The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences are recognizing the founders of BioWare, Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk, for their company’s achievements in the video game industry. The good doctors will be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. The honor, considered to be a lifetime achievement award for video game development, is for BioWare’s talent to create “emotionally engaging and detailed games”. The AIAS joins much of the gaming community in its appreciation for the work the company has done.
Founded in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in February 1995, BioWare has a rich history of award-winning and critically acclaimed computer and console games, including Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age: Origins. The company’s innovative storytelling, which has gained the attention of filmmakers, as well as outstandingly developed gameplay has contributed to its ever increasing fanbase. With the very expensive Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect 3, and Dragon Age II on the way, BioWare is reaching new heights of creativity and opportunity.
Muzyka and Zeschuk graduated from medical school at the University of Alberta. The BioWare Group, now comprising the RPG/MMO group within Electronic Arts, has Muzyka as EA Senior VP and the Group General Manager and Zechuk as EA VP and Group Creative Officer of the BioWare Group. The doctors have achieved a lot following their passion for gaming. Dr. Ray Muzyka expressed his excitement about their passion and work being rewarded through this induction.
“We’re truly honored to represent our teams of passionate, hard-working, creative staff across the BioWare Group within Electronic Arts, and they all share this award with us.”
Dr. Greg Zeschuk also expressed his feeling on the honor to be bestowed upon them by The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.
“We’d also like to thank our wives and the families of our employees for their continuous support over the years, which together with the hard work of our great teams continually enables BioWare’s success.”
The BioWare pair, the 14th and 15th members of the AIAS Hall of Fame, will speak at AIAS’ 2011 Interactive Achievement Awards at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas.