British Academy Games Award for Game Design

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British Academy Video Games Award for Game Design
Awarded for The best game design that captivates and engages the player
Country United Kingdom
Presented by BAFTA
First awarded 2012
Currently held by Inside
Website www.bafta.org/games

The British Academy Video Games Award for Game Design is an award presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). It is given in honor of "the best game design that captivates and engages the player", including recognition of elements such as game mechanics, use of controls, level and world structure, and pacing.[1] The award was first given at the 8th British Academy Video Games Awards ceremony, held in 2012, with the Valve Corporation title Portal 2 winning the award.[2]

Since its inception, the award has been given to six games. As developers, Ubisoft Montreal have received three nominations. The most nominated publishers are Sony Computer Entertainment with five, followed by Ubisoft with four and Bethesda Softworks with three. The most recent recipient of the award is Inside, developed and published by Playdead.[3]

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the following table, the years are listed as per BAFTA convention, and generally correspond to the year of game release in the United Kingdom.

Table key
Indicates the winner
Year Game Developer(s) Publisher(s) Ref.
2011
(8th)
Portal 2 Valve Corporation Valve Corporation [2]
Batman: Arkham City Rocksteady Studios Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
L.A. Noire Team Bondi Rockstar Games
LittleBigPlanet 2 Media Molecule Sony Computer Entertainment
Super Mario 3D Land Nintendo EAD Nintendo
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks
2012
(9th)
Journey Thatgamecompany Sony Computer Entertainment [4]
Borderlands 2 Gearbox Software 2K Games
Dishonored Arkane Studios Bethesda Softworks
Far Cry 3 Ubisoft Montreal Ubisoft
The Walking Dead Telltale Games Telltale Games
XCOM: Enemy Unknown Firaxis Games 2K Games
2013
(10th)
Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar North Rockstar Games [5]
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Ubisoft Montreal Ubisoft
The Last of Us Naughty Dog Sony Computer Entertainment
Papers, Please 3909 3909
Tearaway Media Molecule Sony Computer Entertainment
Tomb Raider Crystal Dynamics Square Enix
2014
(11th)
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Monolith Productions Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment [6]
Alien: Isolation The Creative Assembly Sega
Destiny Bungie Activision
Far Cry 4 Ubisoft Montreal Ubisoft
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment
Threes! Sirvo Sirvo
2015
(12th)
Bloodborne FromSoftware Sony Computer Entertainment [7]
Grow Home Ubisoft Reflections Ubisoft
Her Story Sam Barlow Sam Barlow
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime Asteroid Base Asteroid Base
Rocket League Psyonix Psyonix
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt CD Projekt Red CD Projekt
2016

(13th)

Inside Playdead Playdead [8]
Battlefield 1 EA DICE Electronic Arts
Dishonored 2 Arkane Studios Bethesda Softworks
Overwatch Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment
Titanfall 2 Respawn Entertainment Electronic Arts
The Witness Thekla, Inc. Thekla, Inc.

Multiple nominations[edit]

Developers[edit]

The following developers received two or more Game Design nominations:

Nominations Developer
3 Ubisoft Montreal
2 Arkane Studios
Blizzard Entertainment
Media Molecule

Publishers[edit]

The following publishers received two or more Game Design nominations:

Nominations Publisher
5 Sony Computer Entertainment
4 Ubisoft
3 Bethesda Softworks
2 2K Games
Blizzard Entertainment
Electronic Arts
Rockstar Games
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

References[edit]

  1. ^ "British Academy Games Awards Rules and Guidelines 2015" (PDF). British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Games in 2012". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Games in 2017 | BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  4. ^ "Games in 2013". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Games in 2014". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Games in 2015". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Nunneley, Stephany (7 April 2016). "Fallout 4 wins Best Game at 2016 BAFTA Game Awards". VG247. Archived from the original on 8 April 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "Games in 2017 | BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 

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