The 19th annual DICE (Design Innovate Communicate Entertain) Awards are on Thursday, Feb. 18, at The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. which serves as an annual gathering of video game executives and industry figureheads. And for the first time, The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded posthumously. It has been announced that this years recipient to be honored is none other than Satoru Iwata, the late president of Nintendo.
Iwata joins other famed gaming legends to have received the award such as “The Father of PlayStation” Ken Kutaragi and early Nintendo chiefs Minoru Arakawa and Howard Lincoln. The Lifetime Achievement Award has only been bestowed on six people in the award ceremony’s 19-year history. It is only awarded on rare and special occasions and is a separate award from DICE’s annual Hall of Fame entrant, which this year is Metal Gear Solid’s creator Hideo Kojima. The award will be presented to Kojima by film director Guillermo del Toro who, thanks to Kojima’s split from Konami, is working with the video game creator on an unspecified project.