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Ken Levine to receive Lifetime Achievement award at Golden Joysticks

BioShock designer to attend ceremony in London

Irrational Games co-founder Ken Levine will be presented a special Lifetime Achievement award at the 2013 Golden Joysticks on Friday.

For the first time in its 31 year history, the Golden Joystick Awards will honour an individual for their lifetime's work by celebrating Levine's accomplishments ranging from 1999's System Shock 2 to 2013's BioShock Infinite.


Recognised as one of pioneers in gaming narratives, Levine has worked on many of the highest rated games of all time, including the five-million-unit-selling BioShock.

Levine also has strong links with the movie industry, with director Guillermo del Toro having praised him as 'one of the best world creators in any of the visual forms'. Levine is currently penning a screenplay based on the sci-fi tale Logan's Run for Warner Bros.

Levine said of the news: "In most fields, people begin their careers being inspired by others. In turn, they hopefully end up inspiring others. The great thing about the still-maturing nature of video games is you get to be inspired by the work of novices and veterans alike. We're all figuring out day by day exactly what the medium is capable of."

The 2013 Golden Joystick Awards ceremony will take place at The Westminster Park Plaza on Friday, October 25, hosted by comedian Ed Byrne, with live coverage and streaming here on CVG.

This year's awards marks the ceremony's 31st, with a revamped shortlist of 15 categories, including Best Indie, Studio of the year and categories introduced to highlight innovation across all platforms.