The GDCA Will Honor Street Fighter, Legend of Mana, and Kingdom Hearts Composer Yoko Shimomura as Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award

The GDCA Will Honor Street Fighter, Legend of Mana, and Kingdom Hearts Composer Yoko Shimomura as Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award

The Game Developers Choice Awards, which will take place during GDC 2024, announced composer Yoko Shimomura as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA) at the 2024 Game Developers Conference (GDC) has announced its special award winners, celebrating notable figures in the gaming industry. Esteemed composer Yoko Shimomura, known for her work on Kingdom Hearts, Super Mario RPG, Street Fighter II, and Final Fantasy XV, is set to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Meanwhile, Fawzi Mesmar, a veteran in the gaming sector with over 20 years of experience and notable for his roles at companies like Ubisoft, EA, and King, will be honored with the Ambassador Award for his contributions to enhancing the industry and its community.

Stephenie Hawkins, Event Director at Informa Tech, expressed immense pride in recognizing Shimomura and Mesmar for their extensive contributions to game development and art. She highlighted how their careers memorable works and paved for future generations in the gaming to flourish industry to flourish.

Yoko Shimomura’s career began at Capcom in 1988, leading to her creation of soundtracks for several iconic games. After joining Square (now Square Enix), she continued to make her mark with music for titles like the Kingdom Hearts series and Final Fantasy XV. Shimomura founded Midiplex, her music production company, and is associated with Brave Wave Productions.

Fawzi Mesmar has significantly impacted as a creative director, game designer, and author, contributing to popular franchises such as Battlefield and Candy Crush. His career has spanned globally, from the Middle East to Europe, and he has been recognized with awards for his innovation and mentorship in game design. Mesmar is also known for authoring the first Arabic textbook on game design, Al-Khallab On The Art of Game Design, and co-authoring nine comic books in the Men of Honour series.

The GDCA will be held at GDC on March 20, following the Independent Games Festival Awards. Both ceremonies, celebrating achievements in game development, will be accessible to all GDC 2024 pass-holders and broadcast live on GDC Twitch.

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