British Academy Games Awards Will Include New Award Voted For By Fans

British Academy Games Awards Will Include New Award Voted For By Fans

EE and BAFTA have announced a new category for EE Game of the Year at this year’s British Academy Games Awards, which will take place in March. The new award will be voted on by the global community of gamers from a shortlist selected by a panel of experts, which includes TheGamer’s Editor-in-Chief Kirk McKeand, presided by Dr Jo Twist OBE, chair of the BAFTA Games Committee.

The shortlist will be revealed later this month along with details on how fans can vote. 2021 is the third annual partnership between BAFTA and EE who have asked players to select their favourite mobile title in the past. Kieran Holmes-Darby, EE Game of the Year juror and Co-Founder & CGO at EXCEL ESPORTS, said, “I am thrilled to join the jury for the first ever EE Game of the Year Award.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen more people than ever playing video games and getting in on the action. It’s great that gaming fans have a voice and are able to choose the title that pushed all the right buttons for them this year,” he added.

Emma Baehr, Executive Director of Awards & Content at BAFTA said, “We are delighted to be working with EE once again on the BAFTA Games Awards in 2021, this year working together to bring an exciting new category to the ceremony.

“Games have been an ever-increasing popular art form in supporting and entertaining the nation throughout the lockdown period and we’re looking forward to handing the reigns over to the public to vote for their favourite in the EE Game of the Year Award.”

Pete Jeavons, Marketing Communications Director at BT and EE, added “More so than ever, gaming has provided entertainment, escapism and connection over the last year during what has been a tricky time. With that in mind, we’re thrilled to be giving the public their say in selecting this year’s EE Game of the Year Award.

“As the UK’s number one network for gaming, we’re in the business of keeping our customers a step ahead and connected to the things that they love most – and this year, fans will be closer to the award than ever before, with the power to vote for their favourite game of the year.”

Last year’s EE Mobile Game of the Year was Activision’s Call of Duty: Mobile. Nominees included, Assemble With Care, Dead Man’s Phone, Pokémon GO, Tangle Tower and What the Golf?

Young Game Designers, an initiative by BAFTA that supports young game creators and developers, is currently hosting a competition for a chance to win a BAFTA YGD Award, as well as the chance to meet top game developers and industry professionals. The competition is open to designers from 10 to 18 years of age. Entries must be submitted before March 15 here.

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