The New Year Honours list wasn't just a place for dinner ladies and lollipop people; Sports Interactive studio director Miles Jacobson was awarded an OBE for services to the computer games industry.

"We think this is very much deserved for all the hard work involved in not only establishing a good sense of business to a raw and young Sports Interactive all those years ago, but also evolving the studio into an equal and more professional partner with its publisher and also a responsible one, via the involvement with various charities, as well as taking away the things we don't like doing to allow us to concentrate on coding," Sports Interactive co-founder Oliver Collyer wrote on the Football Manager forums.

Collyer also pointed to Jacobson's work outside of Sports Interactive.

"The honour is also deserved recognition for lots of other work Miles has done away from SI over the years on the BAFTA games committee, Develop advisory board and as a founding trustee of GamesAid as well as many other advisory committees."

Jacobson himself said the award was "very humbling, and is further recognition for the whole SI team around the world. I'm a bit lost for words at the moment, so I'll leave it at that for now."

Jacobson isn't alone in representing the video games industry, joining existing Officers of the Order of the British Empire Peter Molyneux and Eidos Life president Ian Livingstone.