Entry for the British Academy Games Awards in 2015 is now open.
- Free entry for games entered in month of release
- New categories confirmed
- Streamlined campaigning offered to entrants
London, 28 July 2014: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has opened for entries for the British Academy Games Awards, celebrating the very best games and talent of the year.
The Awards, presented in 2015, will consist of 16 categories, including British Game and the BAFTA Ones To Watch Award in association with Dare To Be Digital, recognising and rewarding emerging talent.
Reflecting the ever-changing landscape of the gaming industry, BAFTA introduces two new categories this year: Original Property and Persistent Game. Two genre-based categories have been withdrawn – Action and Adventure and Strategy and Simulation – as such games will be recognised across a number of other categories.
In a first for BAFTA’s Games Awards, first entry is free for any game entered in the month of its release, or if it was released before the end of August 2014. Entries are invited from both games developers and publishers; any game is eligible as long as it has been, or will be, released in the UK between 1 January and 31 December 2014. The deadline for entries is 17 November 2014.
BAFTA has streamlined the process for offering review copies of entries to its Game-voting members. Entrants will no longer need to administrate individual email campaigns to voters, instead they will be able to upload information to BAFTA’s online portal and enable automatic distribution of one-time download keys where required.
Kelly Smith, Head of Television and Games at BAFTA, said: “We’re delighted to announce two new categories at this year’s Games Awards, namely Original Property, for games that aren’t part of established series, and Persistent Game, for those that have received significant updates since their original release. We’ve also made the first entry free, provided the entry is made in the same month of the game's release, because we're committed to making the Awards as accessible as possible. It's really important that BAFTA adapts and evolves alongside such a creative, dynamic industry.”
For further information, please contact:
Head of Television & Games
T: 020 7292 5821
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