Ken Kutaragi to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Ceremony to be held on March 19 at GDC

Former Sony Computer Entertainment CEO and "father of the PlayStation" Ken Kutaragi will receive the 14th Lifetime Achievement Award at the Game Developers' Choice Awards on March 19, the GDCA announced on Tuesday.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is chosen annually by a committee of peers and given to those who have made significant contributions to the world of gaming. The ceremony is held as part of the Game Developers Conference at San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center.


Kutaragi, 63, was lead engineer on Sony's PlayStation console, though his work in games began with the Sony sound chip used in the Super Nintendo. Kutaragi also led work on PlayStation 2 and was appointed deputy executive president of Sony Computer Entertainment from 2003 to 2006, after which he became its honorary chairman. He stepped down from the position in 2011.

"The PlayStation has become a household name, representing some of the biggest and best gaming experiences of all time. Its success and longevity is a reflection of the insight, craft, technical prowess and hard work of the team led by Kutaragi-san, the father of the PlayStation," GDC events general manager Meggan Scavio said in a release. "We're honored to have Kutaragi-san present at the event, and heartened to recognize a true visionary that helped bring about an unparalleled era of growth in the industry."

Kutaragi is now president and CEO of Cyber Ai Entertainment Inc., which is aimed at developing next-generation internet services. Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk, co-founders of BioWare, together received 2013's Lifetime Achievement Award.