Kojima will receive the BAFTA Fellowship for his contributions to the gaming industry, BAFTA has announced. The official website writes:
BAFTA has announced today that Hideo Kojima, the renowned designer best known for Death Stranding and the Metal Gear series, will be presented with the Fellowship at the BAFTA Games Awards on Thursday 2 April 2020, in recognition of his creative contribution to the industry.
The Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television. Fellowships previously presented for outstanding work across these industries include Kathleen Kennedy, Thelma Shoonmaker, Tim Schafer, Joanna Lumley, John Carmack, David Braben OBE, Helen Mirren, Rockstar Games, Julie Walters, Gabe Newell, Peter Molyneux, Vanessa Redgrave, Shigeru Miyamoto and Will Wright.
Hideo Kojima said: “Thank you very much for this precious BAFTA Fellowship award. I am very honored, and would like to take this moment to reflect on the many predecessors that came before me, as I deeply respect their contributions to entertainment, whether in movies, television, or games. I would also like to thank those who have supported me over the years and I will continue my commitment to creating new and innovative ways that will push the world of ‘play’ entertainment forward.”
Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said: “I am delighted that we are recognising Hideo Kojima’s remarkable career with a BAFTA Fellowship, the highest accolade presented by the Academy, at the BAFTA Games Awards on Thursday 2 April. Kojima is the trailblazing creator behind multiple games and is revered around the world for his innovative work.”