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'Mortal Kombat' Co-Creator Ed Boon To Be Indicted Into The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame

by Rainier on Jan. 27, 2022 @ 9:00 a.m. PST

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) announced Ed Boon, vice president and creative director at NetherRealm Studios and Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, will be inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame.

Boon, co-creator of the storied Mortal Kombat series, will be honored at the 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas and livestreamed by IGN. Matt Booty, head of Xbox of Game Studios, will present the 2022 Hall of Fame award to Boon.

"We are thrilled to have Ed be inducted into our Hall of Fame," says Meggan Scavio, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. "From his early work on pinball machines to his monumental achievements co-creating the Mortal Kombat franchise, Ed's dedication and perseverance to the craft and art of games has left an incredible legacy for fans and game developers alike."

“I met Ed on my very first day in the game industry at Midway and had the good fortune to watch him lead the creation of Mortal Kombat and work with so many talented people to grow it into an iconic, worldwide franchise. Ed epitomizes the best of what a game designer can be: big ideas, a great sense of humor, clear focus, and the ability to bring people together as a team. He has created not only a string of hit games but has also supported countless people on their own paths in the game industry,” says Matt Booty, head of Xbox Game Studios.

Ed Boon is the Chief Creative Officer at NetherRealm Studios and co-creator of the billion-dollar Mortal Kombat franchise. After studying math and computer science at the University of Illinois, Boon started his career at Williams Electronics programming pinball machines. He eventually moved over to the video game division where he worked on his first title, High Impact Football, and its sequel Super High Impact. In 1991, he began work on Mortal Kombat, which became a smash hit in arcades and grew into a global phenomenon. Spawning three feature films, TV shows, animated comic books and over 73 million games, Mortal Kombat continues today stronger than ever. Boon and NetherRealm studios also created the best-selling and critically acclaimed INJUSTICE games, which have also branched out into comic books, animated feature film and mobile games.

The AIAS Hall of Fame honor is bestowed on game creators who have been instrumental in the development of highly influential games and moving a particular genre forward. These individuals demonstrate the highest level of creativity and innovation, resulting in significant product influence on a scale that expands the scope of the industry. Past AIAS Hall of Fame recipients include Connie Booth (2020), Bonnie Ross (2019), Todd Howard (2017), Hideo Kojima (2016), Leslie Benzies (2014), Dan and Sam Houser (2014), and Tim Sweeney (2012). Additional Hall of Fame honorees can be found here

Tickets to the 2022 D.I.C.E. Summit and 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards can be found here.

In line with recommendations from public health authorities and to facilitate a safe environment, attendees and staff will be required to show proof of a U.S. FDA- or WHO-recognized vaccine against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test prior to the event. For additional information and updates, check here.

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