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Electronic Arts' exec David Gardner has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours list.

The award is recognition for Gardner's support for the UK as a source for creative talent and games development.

"It is enormous value to the UK to have such as influential and respected senior level executive speak so openly and regularly about the strengths of the UKs creative industry," offered Martin Uden, the British Consul General in San Francisco.

"David is always quick to highlight the UK as an attractive location for first class development and creative talent."

Born in the US, Gardner became a naturalised British citizen while living and working in the UK and is credited with building the European division of Electronic Arts to a business worth USD 1 billion.

"We congratulate David on this respected honour. It is testament to his personal passion for British lifestyle and culture and his remarkable professional achievement for EA and for our industry," added Larry Probst, chairman of EA.