British Academy Games Award for Game Innovation

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British Academy Games Award for Game Innovation
Awarded for "The best innovation in gameplay or technology."
Country United Kingdom
Presented by BAFTA
First awarded 2006
Currently held by That Dragon, Cancer
Website www.bafta.org/games

The British Academy Games Award for Game Innovation is an award presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). It is given in honour of "the best innovation in gameplay or technology". The award was initially known as Innovation at the 3rd British Academy Games Awards ceremony, held in 2006, and was awarded to Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old is Your Brain?, developed and published by Nintendo.[1] The award was absent from ceremonies held in 2008 to 2010. before returning to the 8th ceremony held in 2011, under the name Game Innovation.

Since its inception, the award has been given to eight games. As developers, Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development have won the most awards with two. It is also the most nominated developer with four awards. The most won publishers are Nintendo and Sony Computer Entertainment with two awards each. The most nominated publishers are Sony Computer Entertainment with eight. The most recent recipient of the award is That Dragon, Cancer, developed and published by Numinous Games.[2]

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.
2006

(3rd)

Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? Nintendo SPD Nintendo [1]
Electroplankton indieszero Nintendo
Guitar Hero Harmonix RedOctane
LocoRoco SCE Japan Studio Sony Computer Entertainment
Shadow of the Colossus Team Ico, SCE Japan Studio Sony Computer Entertainment
We Love Katamari Namco Namco
2007

(4th)

Wii Sports Nintendo EAD Nintendo [3]
Battlefield 2142 EA DICE Electronic Arts
Crackdown Realtime Worlds Microsoft Game Studios
Guitar Hero II Harmonix Activision
World in Conflict Massive Entertainment Sierra Entertainment
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment
2011

(8th)

LittleBigPlanet 2 Media Molecule Sony Computer Entertainment Europe [4]
Bastion Supergiant Games Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Child of Eden Q Entertainment Ubisoft
From Dust Ubisoft Montpellier Ubisoft
L.A. Noire Team Bondi Rockstar Games
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Nintendo EAD Nintendo
2012

(9th)

The Unfinished Swan Giant Sparrow, SCE Santa Monica Studio Sony Computer Entertainment [5]
Fez Polytron Corporation Trapdoor
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Treyarch Activision
Wonderbook: Book of Spells SCE London Studio SCE London Studio
Journey thatgamecompany Sony Computer Entertainment
Kinect Sesame Street TV Microsoft Studios, Soho Productions Microsoft Studios
2013

(10th)

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Starbreeze Studios 505 Games [6]
Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar North Rockstar Games
Papers, Please Lucas Pope, 3909 LLC 3909 LLC
The Stanley Parable Galactic Café Galactic Café
Tearaway Tarsier Studios, Media Molecule Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Year Walk Simogo Simogo
2014

(11th)

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter The Astronauts The Astronauts, Nordic Games [7]
80 Days Inkle Inkle, Profile Books
Alien: Isolation The Creative Assembly Sega
Lumino City State of Play Games State of Play Games
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Monolith Productions Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Titanfall Respawn Entertainment Electronic Arts
2015

(12th)

Her Story Sam Barlow Sam Barlow [8]
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture The Chinese Room, SCE Santa Monica Studio Sony Computer Entertainment
Life Is Strange Dontnod Entertainment Square Enix
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Kojima Productions Konami Digital Entertainment
Splatoon Nintendo EAD Nintendo
Until Dawn Supermassive Games Sony Computer Entertainment
2016

(13th)

That Dragon, Cancer Numinous Games Numinous Games [2]
Batman: Arkham VR Rocksteady Studios Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Firewatch Campo Santo Panic
Pokémon Go Niantic Niantic
Unseen Diplomacy Triangular Pixels Triangulars Pixels
The Witness Thekla, Inc. Thekla, Inc.

Multiple nominations[edit]

Developers[edit]

The following developers received two or more Game Innovation awards:

Wins Developer
2 Nintendo EPD

The following developers received two or more Game Innovation nominations:

Nominations Developer
4 Nintendo EPD
2 Harmonix
Media Molecule
SCE Japan Studio
SCE Santa Monica Studio

Publishers[edit]

The following publishers received two or more Game Innovation awards:

Wins Publisher
2 Nintendo
Sony Computer Entertainment

The following publishers received two or more Game Innovation nominations:

Nominations Publisher
8 Sony Computer Entertainment
5 Nintendo
3 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
2 Activision
Electronic Arts
Microsoft Studios
Rockstar Games
Ubisoft

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Games in 2006 | BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  2. ^ a b "Games in 2017 | BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  3. ^ "Games in 2007 | BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  4. ^ "Games in 2012 | BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  5. ^ "Games in 2013 | BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org. Archived from the original on 2016-04-13. Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  6. ^ "Games in 2014 | BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  7. ^ "Games in 2015 | BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  8. ^ "Games in 2016 | BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 2017-04-14.