BAFTA today announced the nominations for the BAFTA Games Awards 2022, celebrating the best games of 2021 and highlighting an exceptional level of creative excellence from a wide range of UK and international development teams.
The awards take place on Thursday 7 April at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London, with presenter and journalist Elle Osili-Wood returning as host. Awards will be streamed live on BAFTA social media: www.bafta.org/games/howtowatch.
The ceremony will see winners in 18 categories, recognizing a range of craftsmanship, performance and play. All awards are voted on by BAFTA members of gaming industry professionals, with the exception of the EE Game of the Year award, which is voted on by the public.
16 categories were announced today. Two more categories – Performer in a Leading Role and Performer in a Supporting Role – will be announced in the coming weeks.
A total of 39 games were nominated today. Highlights include:
Eight nominations each for Return and It takes two
Seven nominations for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Six nominations each for FOrza Horizon 5 and Psychonauts 2
Five nominations for DEATH LOOP
Nominations in the Game Beyond Entertainment category: Alba: A Wildlife Adventure, Before Your Eyes, Chicory: A Colorful Tale, Game Builder Garage, It Takes Two and Psychonauts 2
Other games receiving nominations: Among Us, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Apex Legends, Back 4 Blood, Call of Duty: Vanguard, Death’s Door, Disco Elysium – The Final Cut, Eastward, Far Cry 6, Fights in Tight Spaces, Fortnite, Genesis Noir, Halo Infinite , Hell Let Loose, Hitman 3, Inscryption, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Life is Strange: True Colors, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Maquette, Mario Party Superstars, No Man’s Sky, Overboard, Resident Evil Village, Sable, The Artful Escape, The Forgotten Citt, TOEM and Unpacking.
Voting is now open for EE Game of the Year, the only award voted for by the public. The shortlist is Chicory: A Colorful Tale, DEATHLOOP, The Forgotten City, It Takes Two, Metroid Dread and Unpacking. Vote now at https://ee.co.uk/why-ee/baftagames
Returning as a host, Elle Osili-Wood is an award-winning TV presenter, specializing in arts and entertainment. As an arts presenter for the BBC and presenter of Radio 4’s Front Row, she is an industry benchmark for cultural coverage, and her long career in video games, hosting brands such as PlayStation, Xbox and Epic Games , saw her named one of the most influential women in video gaming.
The awards are supported by BAFTA’s official game partners Electronic Arts, Epic Games, PlayStation, Tencent and Ubisoft, with EE sponsoring the Game of the Year award, the only award voted on by the public.
The awards, including nominations, are voted on by BAFTA’s global members, comprising experienced gaming industry practitioners from a variety of backgrounds in game development and production. We particularly welcome applications from women, people from underrepresented ethnic groups, people with disabilities and people based outside of London, UK. To become a BAFTA member, visit membership.bafta.org.
In the coming weeks, The Sessions, BAFTA’s annual event series, will offer an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at some of the most talked about games of the year. Celebrating the outstanding nominees for this year’s awards, we’ll give insight into the skills, craftsmanship and secrets behind some of the best games the industry has to offer. More to be announced soon.
Throughout the year, BAFTA organizes events and initiatives around the world to promote the art and craft of games, while helping practitioners to develop their network and profile in the industry; develop transversal skills; and establish sustainable careers. The program includes developer talks, presentations, and networking opportunities, both in-person and virtually. BAFTA supports the next generation of talent with initiatives such as BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD), which gives young people and educators insight into the industry and access to the brightest creative minds in games. Our new BAFTA membership tier for emerging talent, BAFTA Connect, is part of BAFTA’s ongoing commitment to supporting the games industry’s future creative leaders as an accessible and inclusive community that enables participants to realize their full potential.
The BAFTA Games Awards are part of the London Games Festival, which runs from April 1 to April 10 online and at in-person venues. Other festival highlights include the return of Ensemble, an exhibition celebrating UK gaming professionals from black, Asian and underrepresented ethnicities, and the Games Finance Market. LGF is supported by the Mayor of London and implemented by Games London – an initiative of the city’s screen industries agency Film London and video games trade body Ukie (The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment ) – which has generated nearly £100m for gaming businesses since 2015.
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BAFTA – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts – is the world’s leading independent arts charity bringing to public attention the best work in film, games and television and supporting the growth of creative talent across the world. UK and overseas. Through its award ceremonies and year-round program of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, conferences and mentoring programs in the UK UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. To find out more, visit www.bafta.org. BAFTA is a registered charity (no. 216726).