The Entertainment Software Association Foundation hosted the 15th annual "Nite to Unite – For Kids" gala last night. Valve's very own Gabe Newell was chosen as the ESAF's Champion Honoree for his contributions in education.
He was honored specifically for "using his technological creativity in interactive entertainment to help teachers access new learning software and to develop critical problem-solving skills in students". His efforts "enhanced learning in the areas of physics, mathematics, and language arts". It is very notable to remember that the White House partnered with Valve through the U.S. Department of Education to bring Portal into US classrooms.
EA CEO John Riccitiello also was there to honor Newell, as well as many other important industry figures, such as the co-chairs for the night, Kazuhiko Abe, president and CEO of Capcom U.S.A., Kevin Tsujihara, president of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. All proceeds from the event go to support ESAF's grantmaking and educational activities.
Congratulations, Gabe. You’ve earned it.