Sunday, February 15, 2009

2009 British Academy Video Games Awards

BAFTA celebrating the video game industry


Via: BAFTABritish Academy of Film and Television Arts

BAFTA has confirmed that the next British Academy Video Games Awards will be staged at the London Hilton on Park Lane, on March 10, 2009.

It will hand out awards in
13 categories, as well as the BAFTA Ones To Watch Award in association with Dare To Be Digital, a Gift of the Academy Prize for games or gaming technology worthy of special recognition and the prestigious Fellowship

“The decision by BAFTA to make computer games its ‘third arm’ is overdue endorsement of a genre that has struggled for artistic recognition…If recognition by BAFTA helps the industry to raise its game, then it will soon be accepted without dispute.”


Mark Brown, The Guardian

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is the UK’s leading organization dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in the fields of the moving image.

Renowned for its high profile Film and Television Awards ceremonies, the prestigious BAFTA mask has long been seen as a symbol of excellence.
Video games now sit alongside film and television in their power to entertain and educate and the Academy is dedicated to encouraging the long-term development of this burgeoning art form which is continually pushing the boundaries of creative excellence and technical virtuosity.

Whilst the Academy recognizes those individuals at the top of their game, it also wishes to nurture the developers of tomorrow by recognizing up and coming talent.


Dare to be Digital, originated by Abertay University and now covering the whole of the UK, represents the perfect means to do this. (Please find also my previous post UK Center for Video Games Excellence).

The 17 teams who showcased their prototypes at Dare ProtoPlay in Edinburgh in August 2008 were judged on the basis of Innovation & Creativity, Market Potential and Use of Technology. The 3 winning teams which form the nominees for the
2009 BAFTA Ones to Watch Award are (in no particular order):

Blue Skies for
Origamee
Ctrl_D for Vege Me
DarkMatter Designs for Boro Toro

The full list of nominations has been announced.