Atari founder Nolan Bushnell is to receive the Fellowship award from BAFTA this year, GamesIndustry.biz reports.
The pioneer behind Pong will be awarded the honour at the GAME-sponsored British Academy Video Game Awards, taking place 10th March at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
"I am humbled to be selected for this honour from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts," said Bushnell
"The British people are not only great game players but have historically been some of the best game creators. The pub culture and country house drawing room environments have been instrumental in spawning games and game players through the centuries.
"I am very grateful to receive an award from the people with a history of creating and embracing this type of entertainment."
David Parfitt, chairman of the Academy added: "His contribution is nothing short of remarkable; he ushered in an era, the legacy of which is the vibrant, evolving industry we see before us today."