BioWare Founders Dr. Ray Muzyka And Dr. Greg Zeschuk To Be Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award At 13th Annual Game

   BioWare Founders Dr. Ray Muzyka And Dr. Greg Zeschuk To Be Honored With
   Lifetime Achievement Award At 13th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards

Choice and IGF Award Host Favorites Return as Double Fine's Tim Schafer helms
Choice Awards and Pocketwatch Games' Andy Schatz takes the reigns for the IGF

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SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 11, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The 13^th Annual Game Developers
Choice Awards (GDCAs), the leading peer-based awards celebrating game
development, will honor Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk, co-founders of
the award-winning BioWare™ studio, with the Lifetime Achievement Award for
their contributions to the art and science of games. The Game Developers
Choice Awards ceremony takes place Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30 pm at the
Moscone Convention Center during the 2013 Game Developers Conference® (GDC) in
San Francisco.

Both Choice and IGF Awards will see the return of industry-favorite hosts with
Tim Schafer, the LucasArts veteran and President and CEO of Double Fine
Productions (Brutal Legend, Costume Quest, The Cave), hosting the Choice
Awards ceremony and Pocketwatch Games' Andy Schatz, creator of 2010
Independent Games Festival Grand Prize winner Monaco, returning as host of the
Independent Games Festival awards.

Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Muzyka and Zeschuk, known throughout the
game development community as the 'BioWare Doctors', met while in medical
school at the University of Alberta where they learned they shared a passion
for video game development. They each continued to moonlight as doctors during
the early years of BioWare but then transitioned to the videogame industry
full time as they and their passionate teams at BioWare went on to create some
of the industry's most influential, highly praised and critically acclaimed
role-playing games such as Baldur's Gate™, Neverwinter Nights™, Star Wars™:
Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire™, Mass Effect™, Dragon Age™ and Star
Wars™: The Old Republic.

The release of Baldur's Gate put BioWare on the game development map and
Neverwinter Nights, the third person role-playing game set in a fantasy world,
further propelled the studio's success; Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
solidified BioWare's reputation as an RPG powerhouse, winning multiple GDCAs
in 2004 including top honors for Best Game. That same year, The Doctors were
co-recipients of the IGDA Ambassador Award for their contributions to the game
development community and charities at large.

After the acquisition by Electronic Arts in 2008, the Doctors successfully led
BioWare in developing two award-winning original IPs - the Mass Effect and
Dragon Age series. The Mass Effect games, a series of emotionally engaging
science fiction action role-playing shooters, have received more than 380
industry awards and counting. Like the Mass Effect series, the Dragon Age
games – with more than 80 "Best Of" awards so far - is known for some of
games' greatest narrative, expansive worlds, deep character development,
romances, voice acting and visual arts. In 2011, BioWare launched Star Wars:
The Old Republic which was its first massively multiplayer online role-playing
game (MMORPG) and the studios' biggest endeavor to date. The game has won
more than 115 awards including Best New Online Game at the 2012 Game
Developers Choice Online Awards. In September 2012, the Doctors announced
their retirement from games to pursue other passions: Muzyka's next chapter
will involve mentoring and investing in technology, new media, medical
innovation and social entrepreneurs, and impact investing at his new company
Threshold Impact™ (, while Zeschuk recently
debuted a new web-based documentary-interview series
(, "The Beer Diaries," which will showcase
craft breweries around the world (

"The BioWare Doctors are truly a unique breed. Not only have they created
some of the most emotionally-engaging and beloved games ever made, they are
two of the most passionate, engaging, just all-around nice guys anyone could
be fortunate enough to meet. Anyone, be they a longtime colleague or a fan
who's met them only once at an event like GDC can tell you they treat everyone
like a friend, and I am so pleased we can show them our deep appreciation this
year with this award," said Meggan Scavio, General Manager of all GDC events.
"There's no denying the deep footprint Ray and Greg have made, and how much
their dedication and leadership will be missed in our industry. We're proud
to honor them with the Lifetime Achievement Award as they parlay into their
next careers."

Lifetime Achievement recipients are chosen by the Game Developers Choice
Awards Advisory Committee, which includes game industry notables such as Doug
Lombardi (Valve), Mark Cerny (Cerny Games), Harvey Smith (Arkane), Raph Koster
(Playdom), Chris Charla (Microsoft), and John Vechey (PopCap).

Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk will be honored at the Game Developers
Choice Awards ceremony, taking place on Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30 pm at
the Moscone Convention Center during the 2013 Game Developers Conference®
(GDC) in San Francisco. The ceremony is open to all Game Developers Conference

The show will be held immediately following the Independent Games Festival
awards, and for the fourth consecutive year, those not attending GDC can watch
both sets of awards show live online via, the official streaming
media partner to the award ceremonies.

For more information about the 13th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards,
please visit the official website at For
information about the 2013 Game Developers Conference, please visit the
official website at

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