The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences announces Skyrim and Fallout 4 game director Todd Howard of Bethesda as the next inductee into the Hall of Fame.

While The Game Awards seems to garner more attention from the public, the awards from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, also known as the DICE Awards, are arguably more prestigious. Besides giving awards to various video games, the AIAS also inducts significant members of the gaming industry into its Hall of Fame, with past inductees including the likes of Shigeru Miyamoto, the BioWare founders, Hideo Kojima, and more. The next DICE Awards aren’t scheduled to take place until February 23rd, but this year’s Hall of Fame inductee has already been revealed.

Bethesda’s Todd Howard, the director of massive open world games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4, will be the next inductee into the AIAS Hall of Fame. The AIAS released a statement on Howard’s induction earlier today, praising the games he’s contributed to the industry.

“[Howard has] made us all reconsider the player-game relationship and extended the storytelling possibilities of our medium. We look forward to honoring Todd and celebrating his achievements and contributions to the video games industry.”

There’s no questioning that Todd Howard deserves to be in the AIAS Hall of Fame, as he has served as director on some of the industry’s biggest games, and is a key person at Bethesda, one of the most successful gaming companies of all time. Howard has also been a prominent figure at some of gaming’s biggest events, acting as keynote speaker at past DICE Awards, and delivering a well-received presentation at E3 2015.

Skyrim Director Being Inducted Into Video Game Hall of Fame - Todd Howard AIAS induction

Based on his long list of accomplishments in the gaming industry and a storied career that spans over 20 years, Howard’s induction into the video game Hall of Fame was only a matter of time. Howard will be inducted into the Hall of Fame by his longtime colleague Pete Hines, Bethesda’s VP of PR and marketing, who has gained recognition among gamers in recent years for his appearances at Bethesda’s E3 events.

Considering their strong working relationship, Hines is a fitting candidate to induct Howard, though it’s somewhat surprising that a celebrity he’s worked with in the past wasn’t selected to do the honors. After all, there seemed to be added media attention given to last year’s event after it was announced that filmmaker Guillermo del Toro would be the one to induct Hideo Kojima.

Regardless of who inducts him into the Hall of Fame, Todd Howard’s induction is well-deserved, and should be a great way to honor one of gaming’s most important figures. Howard’s induction ceremony will take place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 23rd, 2017 during the 20th annual DICE awards.

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