BAFTA expands game awards

The British Academy Of Film And Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced that it is to expand its annual videogame awards this year with the creation of four new categories.

This year's British Academy Videogame Awards will, for the first time, include awards for Debut Game, Online Browser Game, Online Multiplayer Game, and Performer.

Ray Maguire, chairman of BAFTA's videogame committee, said: "BAFTA annually reviews its awards categories to ensure they remain relevant and valued within the industry. Over the last year, we have witnessed the increased sophistication and popularity of online gaming, and so our two new online categories will ensure the scope of creative work in this area is being properly recognised.

"We are equally delighted to begin recognising the performance aspect within games, as we do for film and television, which further demonstrates the common ground between the industries."

The British Academy Videogame Awards, sponsored by UK retailer Game, will take place on Friday March 16 at the London Hilton in Park Lane.

Meanwhle, there are just over two weeks left to apply for BAFTA Young Game Designers 2011, the academy's design competition for 11 to 16-year-olds. The winner gets a choice of gaming hardware, work experience at EA Games in Guildford, and a playable prototype of their winning game courtesy of Abertay University. For more, follow the source link below.