14th British Academy Games Awards

The 14th British Academy Video Game Awards hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts on 12 April 2018 at Troxy honoured the best video games of 2017. It was hosted by Dara Ó Briain, who had previously hosted the 12th ceremony in 2016.[1]

14th British Academy Games Awards
Date12 April 2018
LocationTroxy, London
Hosted byDara Ó Briain
Best GameWhat Remains of Edith Finch
Most awardsHellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (5)
Most nominationsHellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (9)

Nominations

On 21 February 2018, it was announced that Tim Schafer, founder of Double Fine Productions, would be awarded the Fellowship award, the highest honour BAFTA can bestow.[2] The nominations for other awards were announced on 15 March 2018.[3]

Awards

The awards were presented on 12 April 2018.[4]

Artistic Achievement
Audio Achievement
Evolving Game
Family
Game Beyond Entertainment
Mobile Game
  • Golf Clash – Playdemic
    • Bury Me, My Love – The Pixel Hunt & Fig / ARTE & Playdius
    • Gorogoa – Jason Roberts, Buried Signal / Annapurna Interactive
    • Kami 2 – State of Play
    • Monument Valley 2 – ustwo games
    • Stranger Things: The Game – BonusXP, Inc.
Music
Narrative
Original Property

BAFTA Fellowship

Tim Schafer

Games with multiple nominations and wins

Nominations

Nominations Game
9 Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
8 Horizon Zero Dawn
7 What Remains of Edith Finch
5 Gorogoa
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
4 Cuphead
Night in the Woods
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
3 Assassin's Creed Origins
Monument Valley 2
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
Super Mario Odyssey
2 Bury Me, My Love
Fortnite
NieR: Automata
The Sexy Brutale
Snipperclips

Wins

Wins Game
5 Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
2 Super Mario Odyssey

References

  1. ^ "Nominations Announced for the British Academy Games Awards in 2018". www.bafta.org. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  2. ^ Phillips, Tom (2018-02-21). "This year's BAFTA Fellowship award goes to..." Eurogamer. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  3. ^ "Nominations Announced for the British Academy Games Awards in 2018". www.bafta.org. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  4. ^ "What Remains of Edith Finch wins Bafta's top games award". BBC. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
British Academy Games Awards

The British Academy Games Awards are an annual British awards ceremony honoring "outstanding creative achievement" in the video game industry. 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 14th British Academy Games Awards, was held on 12 April 2018 at Troxy in East London.

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