British Academy Games Awards

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British Academy Games Awards
BAFTA Games Awards Logo.jpg
Current official logo of the British Academy Games Awards (2015).
Awarded for Outstanding creative achievement in games[1]
Country United Kingdom
Presented by British Academy of Film and Television Arts
Host Vernon Kay (2006)
Vic Reeves (2007)
Dara Ó Briain (2009–2014)
Rufus Hound (2015)
First awarded 2004
Most awards Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Half-Life 2, Wii Sports (6)
Most nominations The Last of Us, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (10)
Official website www.bafta.org/games

The British Academy Games Awards are an annual British awards ceremony honoring "outstanding creative achievement" in the video game industry.[1] First presented in 2004 following the restructuring of the BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards, the awards are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and are thus commonly referred to as the BAFTA Games Awards.

Since the inaugural BAFTA Games Awards in 2004, eleven ceremonies have taken place. The most recent, the 11th British Academy Games Awards, was held on 12 March 2015 at Tobacco Dock in London, hosted by comedian Rufus Hound. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Half-Life 2 and Wii Sports have won the most awards, with six wins each; and the most nominated games are Naughty Dog titles The Last of Us and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, with ten nominations each.

Awards ceremonies[edit]

Competitive awards categories[edit]

Current categories[edit]

Discontinued categories[edit]

Category name changes[edit]

A number of awards categories have been presented under different names since their inception:

  • Action and Adventure was known as Action at the 2010 to 2013 ceremonies[7][8][9][10]
  • Animation was known as Animation or Intro at the 2004 ceremony[2]
  • Artistic Achievement was known as Art Direction at the 2005 ceremony[3]
  • Audio Achievement was known as Sound at the 2004 ceremony,[2] and as Use of Audio at the 2007 to 2011 ceremonies[5][6][7][8]
  • Best Game was known as Game on Any Platform – The Year's Best Game at the 2004 ceremony[2]
  • Casual was known as Casual and Social at the 2006 ceremony[4]
  • Family was known as Family and Social at the 2010 ceremony[7]
  • Mobile & Handheld was known as Handheld at the 2005 and 2009 to 2011 ceremonies[3][6][7][8]
  • Multiplayer was known as Online Multiplayer at the 2005, 2012 and 2013 ceremonies[3][9][10]
  • Music was known as Original Music at the 2004, 2005 and 2011 to 2014 ceremonies,[2][3][8][9][10][11] and as Original Score at the 2006 to 2010 ceremonies[4][5][6][7]
  • Sports was known as Sports/Fitness at the 2012 and 2013 ceremonies[9][10]
  • Story was known as Story and Character at the 2007 and 2009 ceremonies[5][6]
  • Strategy was known as Strategy and Simulation at the 2007 and 2014 ceremonies[5][11]
  • Technical Achievement was known as Technical Direction at the 2005 ceremony,[3] and as Technical Innovation at the 2011 ceremony[8]

Non-competitive awards categories[edit]

There are currently two awards presented at the discretion of the BAFTA Games Committee: the Fellowship is the highest accolade presented by the Academy, honoring "an individual with a substantial body of work in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to games"; and the Special Award is intended to "honor the talents of individuals who have made a significant contribution to games".[1] The Academy also presents the Ones to Watch award in association with Dare to Be Digital, which "celebrates new talent and innovation in the video games industry".[13]

  • Fellowship: since 2007 (not awarded in 2012)
  • Ones to Watch: since 2007
  • Special Award: 2004, 2005, 2012

Multiple wins and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "British Academy Games Awards: Rules and Guidelines 2015" (PDF). British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Games in 2004". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Games in 2005". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Games in 2006". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Games in 2007". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Games in 2009". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Games in 2010". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Games in 2011". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "Games in 2012". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Games in 2013". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c "Games in 2014". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Games in 2015". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "BAFTA Ones to Watch Award Winner in 2015: Chambara". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 

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