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Rockstar heads chosen for AIAS Hall of Fame

Leslie Benzies, Dan Houser, and Sam Houser to be inducted

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences will induct Leslie Benzies, Dan Houser, and Sam Houser of Rockstar Games into its Hall of Fame.

The academy announced on Tuesday that the three individuals who were instrumental in the creation of the studio and its hallmark Grand Theft Auto series will be formally inducted by Xbox corporate VP Phil Harrison at the 17th D.I.C.E. Awards on Thursday in Las Vegas.

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"A rare combination of cultural savvy, technical prowess and a deep passion for interactive entertainment has made Rockstar Games a global success story that has helped propel the games medium forward," Harrison said in an AIAS statement. "I am proud and honored to present Leslie, Sam and Dan with this award on behalf of the entire industry."

The academy annually chooses "game creators who have been instrumental in the development of highly influential games and moving a particular genre forward" for the honor. Previous Hall-of-Famers include Valve head Gabe Newell, who was inducted in 2013, and Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney, who was inducted in 2012.

Benzies and the Houser brothers were chosen for their trailblazing efforts in open-world games, from first finding mainstream success with Grand Theft Auto III to shipping more than 32.5 million copies of Grand Theft Auto V so far - making it the second best-selling console game of all time.

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