BAFTA Games Awards testament to video games cultural evolution

By March 13, 2014 Press Releases

 

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK video game industry, has hailed the increasing mainstream respect for and appreciation of last night’s BAFTA Games Awards as proof of the cultural significance and progress of the video game medium.

Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us was the biggest winner of the evening, scooping five awards for Best Game, Best Story, Audio Achievement, Best Performer and Best Action/Adventure. Rockstar also took home a fantastic haul after bagging Best Game Design, Best British Game and Best Multiplayer for Grand Theft Auto V, as well as being awarded a prestigious BAFTA fellowship. Another top UK studio, Media Molecule, based in Guildford, won Artistic Achievement, Best Family game and Best Handheld for its PS Vita game, Tearaway.

The recognition given to indie developers Fullbright for Best Debut game winner, Gone Home, and Lucas Pope for Best strategy/Simulation winner Papers, Please was also encouraging to see. The success of indie and startup studios both at home and abroad is of the utmost importance to the health of the entire video game ecosystem.

Dr. Richard Wilson, CEO, TIGA, commented:

“TIGA commends the work of BAFTA and the positive impact the Games Awards have on our industry. BAFTA’s efforts to give equal recognition to video games as an art form compared to film are of great benefit to our sector. TIGA strongly believes that video games are cultural products, on a par with other audio-visual industries such as film, animation and television.

“Of course, whilst BAFTA provides the platform, the real stars are last night’s winners from Naughty Dog and Rockstar to Lucas Pope and Media Molecule. It’s great to see UK studios and developers amongst the very best, driving our industry onwards.

“It was also great to see TIGA member Fireproof Games nominated as a finalist for Best Game and Best Handheld game with The Room 2. It was also good to see my personal favourite Civilization 5 nominated a finalist for Best Strategy game. Every nominee and every winner from last night deserves huge respect, and we offer our heartfelt congratulations to them all. I hope that many of last night’s finalists will consider entering the TIGA Games Industry Awards later in the year.”

“It was also great to see TIGA member Fireproof Games nominated as a finalist for Best Game and Best Handheld game with The Room 2. It was also good to see my personal favourite Civilization 5 nominated a finalist for Best Strategy game. Every nominee and every winner from last night deserves huge respect, and we offer our heartfelt congratulations to them all. I hope that many of last night’s finalists will consider entering the TIGA Games Industry Awards later in the year.”

 

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About TIGA

TIGA is the trade association representing the video game industry. We help developers and digital publishers build successful studios, network with the right people, save money and access professional business advice. We also have outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities amongst our membership. Since 2010, TIGA has won 16 business awards.

TIGA focuses on three sets of activities: 

  • Political representation
  • Media representation
  • Business services

This enhances the competitiveness of our members by providing benefits that make a material difference to their businesses, including a reduction in costs and improved commercial opportunities. It also means our members’ voices are heard in the corridors of power and positively represented in national, broadcast and UK video game trade media.

Get in touch:  

Tel: 0845 468 2330

Email: info@tiga.org  

Web: www.tiga.org

Twitter: @TIGAMovement

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TIGAMovement 

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/tiga   

For Further information, you can also contact:  

Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO on: 07875 939 643, or email: richard.wilson@tiga.or

Drew Field, TIGA Communications Director on: 07720 643 344, or email: drew.field@tiga.org 

 




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