informa
2 min read
article

UK BAFTA Awards Return After Hiatus

After taking a year off, BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) has confirmed that its annual video games awards ceremony is returning in 2009 with an event at the London Park Lane Hilton.
After taking a year off, BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) has confirmed that its annual video games awards ceremony is returning in 2009 with an event at the London Park Lane Hilton. The 2008 event was canceled because judges needed more time to play the finished versions of major titles released at the end of the year. Last year’s awards ceremony took place in October, with many of the games being judged only via pre-release code. Nominees for 2009’s awards are due to be announced on February 10th. Otherwise, it'll be business as usual for BAFTA, with thirteen basic categories, three awards for special recognition, and the Dare to be Digital student competition. One new aspect, though, is the call for publishers and developers to produce short films detailing the making of their games, in order to better illustrate the creation process. "We are keen to see the new filmed support material be developed by each nominee, as this is the sort of initiative that helps the wider world understand that the creation and development of video games is an art form, often with teams of hundreds of people and budgets on a par with feature films," said BAFTA committee chairman Ray Maguire. "One of the many strengths of the British Academy Video Games Awards is that the focus is on creativity and innovation as opposed to a simple measure of commercial success. This enables niche but highly creative work to be recognized and rewarded."

Latest Jobs

Treyarch

Playa Vista, California
6.20.22
Audio Engineer

Digital Extremes

London, Ontario, Canada
6.20.22
Communications Director

High Moon Studios

Carlsbad, California
6.20.22
Senior Producer

Build a Rocket Boy Games

Edinburgh, Scotland
6.20.22
Lead UI Programmer
More Jobs   

CONNECT WITH US

Register for a
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Account

Game Developer Newsletter

@gamedevdotcom

Register for a

Game Developer Account

Gain full access to resources (events, white paper, webinars, reports, etc)
Single sign-on to all Informa products

Register
Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Subscribe
Follow us

@gamedevdotcom

Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more