The GDC Awards folk have announced that John Carmack will receive their Lifetime Achievement Award on 11th March.
"It's no exaggeration to say that John Carmack and id Software have had a monumental influence on all modern 3D games, but especially the first-person shooter genre," said GDC event director Meggan Scavio.
"John is one of the key figures in the history of videogames, and we're delighted to be giving him the Lifetime Achievement award this year."
Previous winners include Shigeru Miyamoto and Will Wright, who will present Carmack with the award during the ceremony.
Earlier this year the GDC organisers announced that Gabe Newell will receive its Pioneer Award.