This year's Game Developers Choice Awards will take place on March 19 in San Francisco. Most nominees will have to wait until the ceremony to see if they have received a coveted GDC Award, however a handful of special recognition award winners have been announced ahead of time.
The Ambassador Award is given out each year to people who have helped games "advance to a better place." Anita Sarkeesian was selected for her work on Feminist Frequency and Tropes vs. Women in Video Games which turns a critical eye on how women are portrayed in video games. Most people will recall Sarkeesian's work after the harassment-wrought Kickstarter campaign for the Tropes vs. Women in Video Games YouTube series.
Riot Games' co-founders Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill have received the Pioneer Award for helping to create League of Legends, the most commercially successful free-to-play game, and the most played game, in the world. They are being honored for growing the eSports community and making great strides in large-scale community management.
Who do you think deserves recognition for their work during 2013?