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New Format Announced For British Academy Games Awards

18 October 2013
Dara Ó Briain -  official host of The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards

Awards to take place on March 12 at Tobacco Dock London, Earlybird entry for game submission offered until 21 October.

London, 18 October 2013: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is delighted to announce that the next British Academy Games Awards will take place on Wednesday 12 March 2014 at the brand new venue, Tobacco Dock London, where Dara O’Briain will return as the host for the sixth year running. The evening before the Awards, BAFTA will co-host a nominee’s party with Natural Motion at its headquarters, 195 Piccadilly.

In response to the growing stature of the Awards, the format will be altered significantly to incorporate a key gaming audience – the general public. BAFTA continues to engage the gaming community through its year-round events programme and, for the first time in history, the Awards ceremony will be open to the public.

Dara O’Briain comments: “I am delighted to return for my 6th year as host of the BAFTA Games Awards. This year the awards move into a new venue and a new level, to celebrate an industry which has quietly taken its place as the largest entertainment industry in the world. It's a pleasure then, once a year, to loudly sing the praises of the talented teams, many of them UK-based, who bring such excitement, story and spectacle to our phones, our computers and into our homes. I'd tell you more, but frankly, these zombies aren't going to kill themselves.”

Harvey Elliott, Chairman of BAFTA’s Games Committee, added: “The BAFTA Games Awards have consistently celebrated the amazing achievements of the creative teams within games. The new venue of Tobacco Dock and the welcome addition of public access to the event will enable us to showcase the talent and excellence of our industry to a whole new passionate gamer audience.”

Complimentary early-bird entry is offered to entrants for their first game entered before 6pm Monday 21 October, with online entry open until 11 November. BAFTA’s Games Awards is a vital platform to spotlight, introduce and champion all levels of game developers not only to the industry, but also to the public.

More information on the entry process, rules and guidelines can be found at

Further Information

For further information, please contact freuds:

Bianca Boey / [email protected] / 0203 003 6394
Emma Micklewright / [email protected] / 0203 003 6353


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round Learning & Events programme that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, lectures and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, Los Angeles and New York. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. For further information, visit