Amy Hennig to receive Gamelab’s Honor Award
The organizing committee of the 2018 Gamelab Awards, given in cooperation with the Spanish Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, has announced the 2018 Honor Award will go to one of the most outstanding writers and directors of today’s gaming industry, as well as one of the most admired and influential women in the Industry, Amy Hennig.
In a career spanning nearly 30 years – from the Atari 7800 to the PlayStation 4 – Amy Hennig has worked as an artist, animator, game designer, and most notably in the last two decades, as a writer and director. She earned a B.A. with Honors in English Literature from U.C. Berkeley and a partial M.A. in Film Theory and Production from San Francisco State University before shifting focus to join the emerging interactive entertainment industry. Most recently, Amy worked as the creative director and lead writer on Visceral Games’ Star Wars title, at Electronic Arts. This was following a decade at Naughty Dog as the creative director and writer of Sony Computer Entertainment’s acclaimed Uncharted game series. Prior to joining Naughty Dog, she served as the writer and director of the groundbreaking Soul Reaver / Legacy of Kain series over eight years at Crystal Dynamics. She has been called one of the most influential women in the game industry. Her work on the Uncharted series has earned countless industry awards, including a BAFTA for Story and two consecutive WGA Videogame Writing Awards. In 2016, Amy was presented with the BAFTA Special Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the video game industry.
Gamelab Barcelona founder Ivan Fernández Lobo said that “Amy is one of the most knowledgeable people in the sector, and for sure one of the most admired and loved by colleagues all around the world. Her romantic approach to games has helped raise standards for the entire industry. We couldn’t find any more quorum on this recognition from all across the industry”. In previous years, Gamelab has given similar special recognitions to people like Hideo Kojima, Richard Garriott or Toru Iwatani. This is the first time ever that Gamelab recognises the career of a woman.
Hennig will receive the award on Thursday June 28th from the hands of her friend and industry legend Mark Cerny. Both will participate also in a fireside chat where they will go through Amy’s career highlights.