The BAFTA Game Awards Are Changing

A BAFTA award
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If you been paying any attention to the news or frankly, to the people around you, you would have heard of Covid-19. Also known as the Coronavirus it has changed the way many people live, from being more careful when in public – not coughing into your hands and washing your hands more regularly – to self-isolating all together.

Now, it seems that the Coronavirus is also having a major effect on the game industry, most notably gaming conferences and gaming awards. We have seen cancellations to GDC and now E3 for 2020. The BAFTA Game Awards are the latest to give an announcement concerning their event and whether it’s cancelled or not.

BAFTA released an article explaining how they will go forwards with their event, and yes, they are going forward with it but in majorly, different way. Instead of outright cancelling their event, they have opted to change how it will play out. “Amid growing concerns over the spread of coronavirus and the number of nominees due to travel, we have made the decision to change the format of next month’s BAFTA Games Awards”. Instead of a red carpet ceremony, the BAFTA Game Awards will be streamed online, broadcast globally on the same day as scheduled. The event will be streamed (platform unknown so far) on Thursday 2 Apil.

The BAFTA Young Game Designers Award picture
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This does, however, bring up the discussion of the TV BAFTA Awards ceremony. BAFTA have said the TV awards will still take place as scheduled towards the end of April. BAFTA is “monitoring the situation daily and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis,” and based on recommendations from the WHO, NHS and British Government.

The nominees for Best Game include; Control, Disco Elysium, Luigi’s Mansion, Outer Wilds, Sekiro and Untitled Goose Game. Also, nominees for Best Multiplayer are; Apex Legends, Borderlands 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Luigi’s Mansion, Tick Tock: A Tale For Two and Tom Cany’s The Division. These and more can be found here at the BAFTA website.