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BAFTA Awards honor Destiny, Monument Valley, and David Braben

Tonight's BAFTA awards in the UK continued to highlight the vibrancy of the independent development scene -- as a number of smaller titles walked off with statuettes.

Christian Nutt, Contributor

March 12, 2015

2 Min Read

Tonight the British Academy of Film and Television Arts held its annual awards ceremony in London, and handed a game of the year statuette to Bungie for Destiny. The best British game award went to Ustwo for Monument Valley, meanwhile (and celebrated in style, as shown in the photo above).

Overall, the awards favored a number of smaller games, both independent and developed by more established studios: Upper One Games won debut game for Never Alone, Lumino City grabbed an artistic achievement award for studio State of Play, and Ubisoft's Valiant Hearts took "original property" honors.

David Braben, recently honored at the Game Developers Choice Awards with a Pioneer Award, also took home the BAFTA Fellowship, "in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games."

The full list of winners, as reported by the BBC on-site, is below. You can read the full list of nominees in our earlier story, if you wish to scope out the competition.

Best game: Destiny (Bungie)
British game: Monument Valley (Ustwo)
Debut game: Never Alone (Upper One Games)
Story: The Last of Us: Left Behind (Naughty Dog)
Performer: Ashley Johnson for The Last of Us: Left Behind
Artistic achievement: Lumino City (State of Play)
Audio achievement: Alien Isolation (The Creative Assembly)
Family game: Minecraft (console editions) (Mojang/4J Studios)
Game design: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions)
Game innovation: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts)
Mobile and handheld game: Monument Valley (Ustwo)
Multiplayer game: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
Music: Far Cry 4 (Cliff Martinez, Tony Gronick and Jerome Angelot)
Original property: Valiant Hearts (Ubisoft Studios)
Persistent game: League of Legends (Riot Games)
Sport game: OlliOlli (Roll7)
Ones to watch: Chambara (Overly Kinetic)
Bafta fellowship: David Braben, of Frontier Developments

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