The Game Developers Choice Awards organizers have announced that Amy Hennig will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Hennig is best known for her work on the Uncharted series, but she has worked in the game industry since the days of the Atari 7800. She has experience as a digital artist, animator, game designer, writer, and director.
Hennig was the writer and director of the Soul Reaver and Legacy of Kain series, and went on to become creative director and writer for the Uncharted series at Naughty Dog. She’s won multiple awards including the WGA Videogame Writing Award and the BAFTA.
Previous recipients of the GDCA Lifetime Achievement Award have included Tim Schafer, Tim Sweeney, Shigeru Miyamoto, Warren Spector, John Carmack, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Hideo Kojima, Sid Meier, Ken Kutaragi, Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk, and Peter Molyneux. Hennig will be the first woman to receive the award.
“It’s a very complicated situation,” she said. “I just think that what we’re seeing in general is an inflection point in the industry, where our business models are changing, paradigms are changing, what players want is changing. I mean, nobody saw things like PUBG coming out of the blue. Nobody saw Twitch streaming being the thing that’s it going to be. So, everybody’s in a really reactive wait-and-see mode right now. If you’re sensing that, it’s real.
“I think people are realizing that there are different ways of doing things, and obviously they can fight for that different way internally, or they can go set up their own thing and do it externally. And I think whenever you see uncertainty, then that can create conflict, right? People disagree about the right direction to go, and people get more and more concerned and risk averse. So you’re probably seeing some of that.”
The Game Developers Choice Awards will take place on March 20, 2019 at 6:30 PM PT, in San Francisco.