As part of the annual ceremony honoring the biggest achievements in gaming for the year, The Game Awards’ Industry Icon Award is one that seeks to celebrate the innovators and creators that have made gaming better, with this year’s award going to Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima.
The Game Awards producer and creator Geoff Keighley announced today that Hideo Kojima will be this year’s recipient of the Industry Icon Award at The Game Awards 2016, honoring the developer’s lifelong work in creating new and innovative game experiences.
Notably, Kojima’s acceptance of the award comes after controversy last year when publisher Konami had barred his ability to attend last year’s The Game Awards 2015 to accept awards on behalf of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, due to ongoing struggles between the publisher and Kojima. As Keighley noted in his tweet for the announcement, this year Kojima “finally gets his trophy.”
The Game Awards 2016 will be broadcast online on December 1st, 2016, live from Los Angeles, CA.
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) November 17, 2016