- God of War Ragnarök is crowned the 2023 winner of the EE Game of the Year Award – the only award voted for by the public
- The BAFTA Games Awards were hosted at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London by games and esports host, Frankie Ward, and live streamed exclusively on BAFTA’s Twitch
- The 2023 nominees were: Elden Ring, God of War Ragnarök, Horizon Forbidden West, Immortality, Marvel Snap and Stray
- The six players that make up EXCEL Esports’ female Game Changers squad presented the EE Game of the Year Award to God of War Ragnarök
- EE’s partnership with the BAFTA Games Awards forms part of a wider ambition to become the UK’s number one destination for gaming
Tonight, games fans worldwide celebrate as God of War Ragnarök won the EE Game of the Year Award at the BAFTA Games Awards, the only category voted for by the public. The winner was announced at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London, as well as live streamed exclusively on BAFTA’s Twitch channel.
The ceremony saw God of War Ragnarök named the EE Game of the Year, beating nominees: Elden Ring, Horizon Forbidden West, Immortality, Marvel Snap and Stray. The award showcases the games that have resonated most with players around the world – capturing imaginations and keeping the public entertained and connected over the past year – and is the only category voted for by players themselves.
The ceremony, which was hosted by games and e-sports presenter, Frankie Ward, featured the announcements for winners across all categories, along with acceptance speeches and a ‘year in games’ highlight reel.
God of War Ragnarök was one of six outstanding games nominated by the jurors who recognised their innovative offering and the impact they have had upon the public and video games industry alike.
GOD OF WAR RAGNARÖK is an action-adventure game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Main characters, Kratos and Atreus do their best to stay hidden from their enemies, training for the inevitable war they might have kicked off. Atreus seeks to further understand the clues left behind by his mother, and piece together his prophesied role in Ragnarök. Meanwhile, Kratos struggles with his son’s desire to uncover more about his identity, knowing it will draw them towards the vengeful Aesir. If that happens, they’ll be even closer to repeating bloody mistakes of the past. Together, father and son seek to change the course of fate, journeying across the mythical nine realms and facing fearsome enemies in the form of Norse gods and monsters. As the threat of Ragnarök grows ever closer, Kratos and Atreus find themselves faced with a choice: between their own safety or the safety of the realms. The game is available on PlayStation® 5 and PlayStation® 4.
Pete Jeavons, Marketing Communications Director at EE, said: “Congratulations to God of War Ragnarök for winning the hearts of the public and taking home the EE Game of the Year Award. As the UK’s unbeatable network for gaming, we’re proud to provide a platform for this community to celebrate the game that has entertained and connected them over the past year.”
Tara Saunders, Chair of BAFTA’s Games Committee, said: "For the third year running, players around the world have had their say and have named God of War Ragnarök as the EE Game of the Year. My congratulations to everyone on the development team for taking home this special accolade. As we celebrate the very best games of the year at the annual BAFTA Games Awards we recognise the outstanding talent behind them, putting them on a global stage with our Twitch livestream so fans around the world can tune in to celebrate with us and be inspired.”
Earlier this year, a jury panel comprising of leading industry experts met to select the six nominees for the third EE Game of the Year Award from a long list. This jury was chaired by Tara Saunders, Chair of BAFTA’s Games Committee, and included Gaming Influencer Ebonix, TV Presenter Julia Hardy, as well as leading gaming journalists.
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.
EE’s partnership with the BAFTA Games Awards forms part of a wider ambition to become the UK’s number one destination for gaming, with bespoke gaming bundles, interest-free flexible payment options and collaborations with the best partners, including UK E-sports organisation, EXCEL ESPORTS. All of this is designed to create a gaming experience that customers can count on. For more information, visit: ee.co.uk/gaming.
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EE Game of the Year Award Jury Panel
- Tara Saunders, Chair of BAFTA Games Committee and Studio Head at PlayStation
- Julia Hardy, TV Presenter
- Mark Carter, Commercial Director at EXCEL
- Richie Shoemaker, Editor in Chief at MCV/Develop
- Danielle Udogaranya, Twitch Gamer Influencer
- James Batchelor, Editor in Chief at Games Industry Biz
- Jake Tucker, Commissioning Editor at NME
- Sam Loveridge, Editor in Chief at Games Radar
- Elle Osili-Wood, Video Game Presenter and Journalist
- Ryan Brown, Writer and PR at Super Rare Games
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