11th British Academy Games Awards

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11th British Academy Games Awards
Date 12 March 2015
Location Tobacco Dock
Hosted by Rufus Hound
Best Game Destiny
Most awards Monument Valley and The Last of Us: Left Behind (2)
Most nominations Alien: Isolation (6)

The 11th British Academy Video Games Awards ceremony, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), honored video games of 2014 and took place on 12 March 2015 at the Tobacco Dock in London, beginning at 7:00pm (GMT). During the ceremony, BAFTA presented awards in 16 categories. The ceremony, broadcast live on streaming website Twitch.tv, was hosted by comedian Rufus Hound.

Monument Valley and The Last of Us: Left Behind won two awards each, while Destiny won the Best Game award. Other winners included Alien: Isolation, Far Cry 4, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, League of Legends, Lumino City, Minecraft, Never Alone, OlliOlli, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and Valiant Hearts: The Great War.

Winners and nominees[edit]

The nominees for the 11th British Academy Video Games Awards were announced on 10 February 2015 at 10:30am (GMT).[1][2] Alien: Isolation received the most nominations with six total; Far Cry 4 and Monument Valley tied for second with five nominations each, followed by 80 Days, Destiny, Mario Kart 8 and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor with four each.[3]

The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on 12 March 2015.[4] Destiny's win for Best Game was the fourth BAFTA win for developer Bungie, but their first outside of the Halo series.[5] Ashley Johnson won the award for Performer for the second consecutive year for her portrayal of Ellie in The Last of Us: Left Behind.[4]

Awards[edit]

Ashley Johnson, winner of the Performer award.
Neil Druckmann, winner of the Story award.
David Braben, winner of the Fellowship award.

Winners are shown first in bold.[6]

Artistic Achievement
Mobile & Handheld
Audio Achievement
Music
Original Property
Family
Persistent Game
Sport
Game Innovation
Story

BAFTA Fellowship Award[edit]

BAFTA Ones to Watch Award[edit]

  • Chambara – Overly Kinetic[6]

Games with multiple nominations and wins[edit]

Presenters and performers[edit]

The following individuals presented awards or performed musical numbers.[7]

Presenters (in order of appearance)[edit]

Rufus Hound hosted the 11th British Academy Video Games Awards.
Name(s) Role
Rufus Hound Announcer for the 11th British Academy Video Games Awards
Riva Taylor
David Arnold
Presenters of the award for Music
Georgia May Foote Presenter of the award for Persistent Game
Martin Hollis Presenter of the award for Story
Mike Bithell Presenter of the award for Original Property
Linford Christie Presenter of the award for Sport
Rob Beckett Presenter of the award for Mobile & Handheld
Andrea Deck Presenter of the award for Artistic Achievement
Dan Krull
Katy Hill
Presenters of the award for Audio Achievement
Alix Wilton Regan Presenter of the award for British Game
Andy Akinwolere Presenter of the award for Family
Chet Faliszek Presenter of the award for Game Innovation
Dan Middleton Presenter of the Ones to Watch Award to Chambara
Tim Schafer Presenter of the award for Game Design
Alex Brooker Presenter of the award for Multiplayer
Jo Twist Presenter of the award for Debut Game
Maimie McCoy Presenter of the award for Performer
Ian Livingston Presenter of the Fellowship Award to David Braben
Dynamo Presenter of the award for Best Game

Performers[edit]

Riva Taylor was the only performer at the 11th British Academy Video Games Awards, performing "Earth to Earth", a song written specifically for the event, to open the ceremony.[7][8]

Critical reviews[edit]

The ceremony received generally mixed to positive reception from media publications. Paul Tassi of American business magazine Forbes claimed that the British Academy Video Games Awards "might be [his] favorite show worldwide right now", praising the "sheer breadth and diversity of their award categories, and what they choose to honor".[9] Tassi went on to praise winning games such as The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (Game Innovation) and League of Legends (Persistent Game).[9] Oliver Cragg of newspaper The Independent welcomed the strong presence of "creative indie titles" at the ceremony.[10] A review written by GameCentral for newspaper Metro, however, went as far as to state that "we’re not sure we agree with any of the awards, except for Alien Isolation and David Braben", criticising "nonsense" such as a win for Minecraft, which was originally released years previously.[11]

The majority of negative reactions to the ceremony related to Destiny winning the BAFTA for Best Game. Adam Rosser of BBC Radio 5 Live explained that "There was an audible ripple of surprise in the press room as Destiny took the best game Bafta", noting that the game had been "criticised in many quarters for ... suffering from a sparsely populated game world and repetitive gameplay".[4] Some commentators supported the result, however: GamesRadar+, who named Destiny their game of the year, claimed that "it's good to see Bungie's masterpiece getting the attention it deserves".[12] Entertainment Weekly's Jonathon Dornbush concluded that "despite its flaws, Destiny has demonstrated why it’s tough to put the game down, and may be worth revisiting for those who initially wrote the game off",[13] while Forbes writer Paul Tassi claimed that Dragon Age: Inquisition was arguably the "definitive" game of the year.[9]

Arguably one of the most surprising results was in the Sports category, where independent title OlliOlli beat out many bigger releases such as FIFA 15. Matt Kamen of Wired described this as a "shocking win",[14] and Mark Langshaw of Digital Spy similarly dubbed it "a shock".[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nominees Announced for the British Academy Games Awards in 2015". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  2. ^ British Academy of Film and Television Arts (10 February 2015). "Now the #EEBAFTAs are finished, it's time for the #BAFTAGames Awards! Nominations announced at 10.30am..." Twitter. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Karmali, Luke (10 February 2015). "BAFTA Games Awards 2015 Nominees Revealed". IGN. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Kelion, Leo (12 March 2015). "Destiny surprises at the Bafta video game awards". BBC News. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Gera, Emily (13 March 2015). "Destiny takes home Best Game during 2015 BAFTA Games Awards". Polygon. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "Games in 2015". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Langshaw, Mark (12 March 2015). "Watch the BAFTA Games Awards 2015 - as it happened". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Riva Taylor Opens the British Academy Games Awards With a Specially Written Song". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c Tassi, Paul (13 March 2015). "'Destiny' Wins BAFTA For Best Game Of 2014". Forbes. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Cragg, Oliver (13 March 2015). "Bafta Video Game Awards: Destiny wins best game, but it's a good night for indie titles". The Independent. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Destiny wins game of the year at video game Baftas". Metro. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Destiny wins Best Game at the 2015 video game BAFTAs". GamesRadar+. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Dornbush, Jonathon (12 March 2015). "BAFTA Games Awards 2015 winners: 'Destiny,' 'Shadow of Mordor,' more". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  14. ^ Kamen, Matt (13 March 2015). "Bafta Game Award 2015 winners revealed". Wired. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  15. ^ Langshaw, Mark (12 March 2015). "Destiny claims the top prize at the BAFTA Games Awards 2015". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 

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