- Unpacking is crowned the 2022 winner of the EE Game of the Year Award – the only award to be voted for by the public
- The BAFTA Games Awards were hosted at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London by TV & Radio Presenter, Elle Osili-Wood, and live streamed on BAFTA’s social channels with viewers from around the world tuning in
- The 2022 nominees were: Chicory: A Colorful Tale, Deathloop, It Takes Two, Metroid Dread, The Forgotten City and Unpacking
- Stephanie Ijoma, Games Consultant and Founder of NNESAGA presented the EE Game of the Year Award to Unpacking
Tonight, Unpacking won the EE Game of the Year Award at the BAFTA Games Awards, with the winner being announced at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London, as well as live streamed across BAFTA’s social channels.
The ceremony saw Unpacking take home the EE Game of the Year Award, beating nominees Chicory: A Colorful Tale, Deathloop, It Takes Two, Metroid Dread and The Forgotten City. The award, which was presented by Games Consultant and Founder of NNESAGA Stephanie Ijoma, recognises the game that has resonated most with players around the world – capturing imaginations and keeping us entertained and connected over the past year.
The ceremony, which was hosted by TV & Radio Presenter, Elle Osili-Wood, featured the announcements for winners across all categories, along with acceptance speeches and a ‘year in games’ highlight reel.
Unpacking was one of six outstanding games nominated in recognition of their innovative offering and the impact they have had upon the public and games industry alike.
Unpacking is a zen game about the familiar experience of pulling possessions out of boxes and fitting them into a new home. Developed by Witch Beam, Unpacking is a part block-fitting puzzle, part home decoration where you are invited to create a satisfying living space while learning clues about the life they are unpacking. Over the course of eight house moves, you are given a chance to experience a sense of intimacy with a character you never see and a story you’re never told. The game is available on Xbox® One, Nintendo® Switch and on PC.
Dr. Jo Twist OBE, Chair of BAFTA’s Games Committee, said: "For the second year running, we have been able to hear directly from the public through their votes for the EE Game of the Year Award, and so a massive congratulations to XX, for getting their seal of approval. In a hugely growing industry, we are delighted to honour and recognise the best of the games industry’s talent and we’re pleased to live stream these prestigious awards so fans around the world can tune in from wherever they are.”
Pete Jeavons, Marketing Communications Director at EE, said: “Congratulations to XX for winning the EE Game of the Year Award, the only category at the BAFTA Games Awards voted for by the gaming community. The gaming industry continues to go from strength to strength and we’re so proud that we can continue to support it through initiatives and awards like this. With connectivity continuing to be crucial for gamers across the country, EE Full Fibre broadband will play a big role in this, ensuring that fans across the UK are fully connected and lag-free in the moments they need it most”.
Earlier this year, a jury panel comprising of leading industry experts met to select the six nominees for the second EE Game of the Year Award from a long list of competitors. This jury was chaired by Dr. Jo Twist OBE, chair of BAFTA Games Committee, and included Gaming Influencer Stephanie Ijoma, Head of Content at GAMINGBible Mike Diver, TV Presenter Jane Douglas and Associate Editor at the Daily Star Tom Hutchison.
The EE Game of the Year Award was voted for by the British public via the EE website. For more information on the EE Game of the Year Award, please head to: ee.co.uk/BAFTAgames
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EE Game of the Year Award Jury Panel
Dr. Jo Twist, Chair of Games Committee
Alex Spencer, Features Editor at EDGE
Laura Kate Dale, Journalist and Author
Tamoor Hussain, Managing Editor at GameSpot
Stephanie Ijoma, Gaming Consultant and Founder of NNESAGA
Mike Diver, Head of Content at GAMINGbible
Sam Loveridge, Global Editor-In-Chief at GamesRadar
Janet Garcia, Video Game Critic and Content Creator
Ryan Brown, Writer and PR at Super Rare Games
Elle Osili-Wood, Video Game Presenter and Journalist
Jane Douglas, Writer, Video Producer and Presenter at Outside Xbox
Julia Hardy, TV Presenter
Victoria Brown, Content Creator and Influencer
Tom Hutchison, Associate Editor at Daily Star
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