The BAFTA Game Award show is usually a highlight of the gaming year with a very glitzy event but due to current world events, this year’s award show was actually held online with the brilliant Dara O’Briain, who has hosted the show an amazing ten times, hosting the event again but from his “spare room”, which was a little strange at first but full credit going to Dara who really found his pace after getting used to talking to himself through a webcam, the beer also helped.
The acceptance speeches were actually more refreshing with recorded at home speeches although the developer teams could not come together to accept the award and some going to great lengths to make it as fun as possible. Surprise speech came from Hideo Kojima who accepted his BAFTA Fellowship but gave an emotional speech of how he had kept the creation of Kojima Productions a secret from his mother to stop her worrying but who sadly passed away before seeing the success of Death Stranding.
Here are all the award winners, in order of announcement during the show.
Best Original Property: Outer Wilds
Runners-up: Baba Is You, Control, Death Stranding, Disco Elysium, Untitled Goose Game
Best Music: Disco Elysium
Runners-up: Control, Death Stranding, Outer Wilds, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Wattam
Best Evolving Game: Path of Exile
Runners-up: Apex Legends, Destiny 2, Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, Fortnite, No Man’s Sky Beyond
Best Debut Game: Disco Elysium
Runners-up: Ape Out, Death Stranding, Katana ZERO, Knights and Bikes, Manifold Garden
Best Family Game: Untitled Goose Game
Runners-up: Concrete Genie, Knights and Bikes, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Vacation Simulator, Wattam
Best Game Design: Outer Wilds
Runners-up: Baba Is You, Control, Disco Elysium, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Wattam
EE Mobile Game of the Year (public vote): Call of Duty: Mobile
Runners-up: Assemble With Care, Dead Man’s Phone, Pokémon Go, Tangle Tower, What the Golf?
Best Animation: Luigi’s Mansion 3
Runners-up: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Control, Death Stranding, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Best Narrative: Disco Elysium
Runners-up: Control, Life Is Strange 2 (Episodes 2-5), Outer Wilds, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, The Outer Worlds
Artistic Achievement: Sayonara Wild Hearts
Runners-up: Concrete Genie, Control, Death Stranding, Disco Elysium, Knights and Bikes
Bafta Fellowship: Hideo Kojima
British Game: Observation
Runners-up: DiRT Rally 2.0, Heaven’s Vault, Knights and Bikes, Planet Zoo, Total War: Three Kingdoms
Audio Achievement: Ape Out
Runners-up: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Control, Death Stranding, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Untitled Goose Game
Best Multiplayer Game: Apex Legends
Runners-up: Borderlands 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Tick Tock: A Tale for Two, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
Game Beyond Entertainment: Kind Words (lo-fi chill beats to write to)
Runners-up: Civilization VI: Gathering Storm, Death Stranding, Life Is Strange 2 (Episodes 2-5), Neo Cab, Ring Fit Adventure
Best Performer in a Supporting Role: Martti Suosalo (Ahti, Control)
Runners-up: Jolene Andersen (Karen Reynolds, Life Is Strange 2), Sarah Bartholomew (Lucy Rose Jones/Cassidy, Life Is Strange 2), Troy Baker (Higgs Monaghan, Death Stranding), Lea Seydoux (Fragile, Death Stranding), Ayisha Issa (Félicité “Fliss” DuBois, The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan).
Technical Achievement: Death Stranding
Runners-up: A Plague Tale: Innocence, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Control, Metro Exodus, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Best Performer in a Leading Role: Gonzalo Martin (Sean Diaz, Life is Strange 2)
Runners-up: Laura Bailey (Kait Diaz, Gears 5), Courtney Hope (Jesse Faden, Control), Logan Marshall-Green (David Smith, Telling Lies), Barry Sloane (Captain John Price, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare), Norman Reedus (Sam Porter Bridges, Death Stranding)
Best Game winner: Outer Wilds
Runners-up: Control, Disco Elysium, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Untitled Goose Game
For more information on the BAFTA Game Awards, check out the official site here