The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has announced today that Xbox boss Phil Spencer will be the recipient of the AIAS Lifetime Achievement Award at the 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony in Las Vegas later this month.
The award will be presented to Spencer by Bethesda's Todd Howard, and you'll be able to watch the ceremony for yourself by tuning into IGN at 8pm PT on Thursday, February 24th.
Here's what Meggan Scavio, President of the AIAS had to say about the Microsoft Gaming CEO:
“Phil Spencer has demonstrated both passion and leadership throughout his entire career at Microsoft. He’s responsible for countless impactful and pivotal initiatives that have reverberated throughout the entire gaming industry. On behalf of the Academy’s Board of Directors, we are looking forward to celebrating Spencer’s important impact on video game history by presenting him with our Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Spencer is in great company, with previous recipients of the award including Nintendo's Satoru Iwata and Genyo Takeda. Only a very select number of people have been presented with the award, which is described as follows:
"The Lifetime Achievement Award is reserved for individuals whose accomplishments span a broad range of disciplines over a lengthy career in the industry. Recipients are typically individuals distinguished for their business leadership and are not necessarily involved in development or the creative process. Through their leadership and ideology, these individuals have driven significant and positive change across the industry."
On behalf of everyone here at Pure Xbox, we want to wish Phil a big congratulations — it's well deserved!