Ian Livingstone, Life President of Eidos, was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours list.
Livingstone, 63, was given the honor for his continued services to the education sector and the gaming industry.
Livingstone’s history with gaming stretches back to the 1970s when he co-founded the retailer Games Workshop, known for the hit tabletop Warhammer series. His other work includes co-creating the role-playing Fighting Fantasy book series, and of course his efforts at the now Square-Enix owned Eidos.
With the help of Livingstone Eidos went on to create such hits as Deus Ex, Hitman and the much-loved Tomb Raider series.
In recent years Livingstone was called upon by Government to help review the UK videogame industry. The ‘Next Gen Skills Review’, released in 2011, looked at the current education system and how it could be improved to help prepare people hoping to enter the UK videogame industry. Livingstone described it as a “complete bottom up review of the whole education system relating to games”. The final report helped begin an overhaul of how ICT is taught in England.
Speaking to the BBC Livingstone said he was “genuinely humbled” on hearing the news of his honour, adding that his life has “been all about games, and I think we learn an awful lot through play”.
In addition to his 2013 CBE award, Livingstone was appointed an OBE in 2006.