The industry’s annual New York Game Awards (NYGA) is set to honor one of the most iconic developers in the gaming industry this year. Naughty Dog’s Creative Director and Vice President Neil Druckmann is set to receive one of the industry’s most prestigious awards, the NYGA Hall of Fame Award.
The award is presented to individuals who have had a significant impact on the gaming industry throughout their careers. Neil has offered up his time and energy to numerous award-winning projects, such as The Last of Us and Uncharted series. He has shaped gaming titles that millions of people have enjoyed, pushing the boundaries of what a video game can be. This award is a fitting honor for one of gaming’s great visionaries.
In a statement from the NYGA, they recognize Neil as “a true pioneer and innovator in the development of video games, whose work has grown to be the benchmark for game design and execution.” They further congratulate him for “his accomplishments and the major contributions he has made to the entertainment industry since the start of his career.”
Neil himself commented, “It’s an incredible honor to receive the Hall of Fame Award from the New York Game Awards. I’m humbled to be among the other amazing innovators who have won this prestigious award.” He continues, “I am proud to have worked with amazing teams over the years to realize our creative vision for great games that have shaped the industry in such an incredible way.”
The New York Game Awards will be held virtually this December, giving industry fans the chance to witness the biggest names in gaming receive their awards. While the event will be online due to health and safety considerations, there is sure to be a great sense of camaraderie as industry greats are honored and celebrated.