The Frontier Founder has been recognized for his 30-year service to the game industry today. David Braben has been appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Braben, who runs UK Developer Frontier, has created the famous space simulator game Elite back in 1984. Now, he is working on a new entry in to the series called Elite: Dangerous. This little project has raised over 1.5 million pounds over at Kickstarter.
The industry veteran is also one of the brains behind the famous Raspberry Pi. This tiny credit card-sized computer is available to everyone for as little as 25 pounds. The computer is designed to help teach people how to code, and is run entirely by a non-profit organization.
“Yes, it is a great honour, and much appreciated. I have a great team behind me, and I consider the award is for all of us,” Braben told Develop.
“I’ve just got back from an excellent E3 where our Elite: Dangerous game was being shown. It was the first time Frontier has been an exhibitor in our own right at E3 – all previous occasions have been exhibiting our games with a partner like Microsoft, Atari or Sony. We received several awards so coming home to be told about the OBE has topped off a fantastic week.
“It is really great, and I look forward to getting the honour in person.”