BAFTA games awards back in 2009

British Academy announces March 10 as the date for its next games bash; calls for entries.

After sitting out 2008, the pre-eminent UK games award ceremony has been confirmed for 2009 and will be hosted at the London Hilton in Park Lane, Mayfair. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is now accepting submissions in for its Video Games Awards in 13 categories: overall best game (won by BioShock in 2007), action & adventure, artistic achievement, casual, gameplay, multiplayer, original score, sports, strategy (formerly strategy & simulation), story & character, technical achievement, mobile, and use of audio.

Gone for 2009 is the innovation category and the publicly voted PC World Gamers Award. The BAFTA Ones to Watch Award (in association with Dare to Be Digital) award will be making another appearance. A new handheld category has also been announced, which will encompass PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, GBA, and mobile phone games.

BAFTA will also be handing out the Gift of the Academy Prize "for games or gaming technology worthy of special recognition," as well as its prized Fellowship, described as "the highest accolade the Academy can bestow on an individual for outstanding achievement and contribution to the industry through a body of work." Previous winners of the Fellowship include Will Wright.

A shortlist of games for the 2009 British Academy Video Games Awards will be compiled by first-stage voters consisting of professionals within the industry and BAFTA games members. This list will then be presented to juries for each category who will decide the final nominees and winner.

Nominations will be announced on February 10, a month before the awards take place. The full list of 2007 winners is available here.

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Discussion

18 comments
ps3thabest
ps3thabest

@Joker_268-i agree! this is mgs4s' year.

Joker_268
Joker_268

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots - Winner

geist9049
geist9049

everyone keeps cheering for MSG4....but by the time the awards come out that game will be outdated to win

ZiGZ04
ZiGZ04

Mobile Phones I could see. But GBA?? are there even any Devs actively building a GBA game? @robtheguru LOL.

amber_jade
amber_jade

Why have they scrapped the innovation category? Surely that's one of the most important ones...

AranJatt
AranJatt

MGS4 Man, but has good comp. from Little Big Planet

ShadowBass989
ShadowBass989

@robtheguru i agree as well. MGS4 could easily take them. and prolly more.

GunnyHath
GunnyHath

robtheguru: I'll second that.

Poshkidney
Poshkidney

THat means vernon kay will host it and won't be wroth watching becuase he plagues it get Stephen FRy back on or someone who isn't annyoying or has drank with phillmenia something a useless teacher

km1498
km1498

Good, I love reading and watching video game awards.

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

sry robtheguru, those awards are going to Left 4 Dead, Spore, and LittleBigPlanet.

robtheguru
robtheguru

Metal Gear Solid 4 should clear up i'd think. I can see it getting: Best game; action & adveture; artistic achievement; gameplay; original score; story & character and use of audio. Its just such a well rounded game.

teddybear9152
teddybear9152

This could be insteresting...but not so sure about the handheld section?

JamesHS
JamesHS

Hope this time actual good games win awards last few years have just been stupid espicially the nominations lists