Entries are invited for the British Academy Games Awards from both developers and publishers.
Any game is eligible so long as it has been, or will be released in the UK between 2014 eligibility TBC. This means both completed/published games and currently uncompleted games are eligible to be entered.
No game that has previously been entered can be re-entered into the Video Games Awards (this includes Late Releases only entered into two categories the previous year). However, games which have been entered for the Children’s Awards in 2013 can also be entered for these Awards.
All games released in 2012, including Late Releases (see below), will be eligible only for the 2014 Awards . Even if they are not entered this year, they will not be eligible for the Awards in 2015.
When entering a game, there is no need to be platform-specific unless a game has been produced by separate developers/publishers for different platforms. In this case, each developer or publisher may enter their own version.
All entries received by will be grouped into categories and voted on by the Games-voting BAFTA members. The top ten games which have received the most votes in each category will then qualify for the next stage, which is to go to a carefully selected jury, specialising in that category.
Any games which have not been released by 3 December will still have a chance to enter, but due to their proximity to the first stage of voting and consequent inaccessibility, they will have to be judged by the jury only.
These games must be available for each jury member to play for c.30 days between mid-December 2013 and mid-January 2014.
Each jury will comprise between seven and nine industry practitioners across a range of developers and publishers and will be chaired by a member of the BAFTA Video Games committee.
It is our aim for each jury to be balanced in age and experience, and with a track record of achievement in the field. No juror will be permitted to sit on the jury if he/she has had any direct association with a short-listed game. Chairs are also mindful of the diversity of the jury, and jurors will not be exclusively from one discipline.
After discussion, the jury will then select the nominations and winner by secret ballot.