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  • What Remains of Edith Finch gets the Best Game award
  • Overwatch takes home Best Evolving Game Award
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice won 5 awards, with the leading voice being credited with the Best Performance Award

The 14th British Academy Games Awards were held over Thursday night and during the early morning of Friday, announcing and congratulating a stream of Game releases for their achievements in 2017.

It was a massive night of celebration for the medium, for both Triple A and Independent developers, with entries from both sides of the industry getting congratulations from the BAFTA selection team.

Here’s Giant Sparrow, the Developers of What Remains of Edith Finch taking the Best Game Award home.

What Remains of Edith Finch was hailed for its Story-Rich execution in an atmospheric adventure.

I’ll comment on a few notable winners, but before that, here’s full the list of winners.

  • Best Game: What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Best British Game: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Best Debut Game: Gorogoa
  • Audio Achievement: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Artistic Achievement: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Best Evolving Game: Overwatch
  • Best Family Game: Super Mario Odyssey
  • Game Beyond Entertainment: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Best Game Design: Super Mario Odyssey
  • Multiplayer: Divinity: Original Sin 2
  • Best Music: Cuphead
  • Best Original Property: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Narrative: Night In The Woods
  • Mobile Game: Golf Clash
  • Game Innovation: The Legend of Zelda: BOTW
  • Best Performer: Melina Juergens, Senua, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

English Developer Ninja Theory swept across the board last night, reeling in 5 awards for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and lead performer in the game, Melina Juergens, being credited with the Best Performer award. This is great for the Independent developer, and they certainly earned it with their 2017 entry, which explored psychosis through unique audio, visual and gameplay-effecting designs.

Here’s Ninja Theory’s Developers accepting the Game Beyond Entertainment Award.

…and here’s Melina Juergens accepting the Best Performance award.

Blizzard’s Overwatch, the winner of BAFTA’s 2017 Best Multiplayer award has taken home the Best Evolving game for 2018. No surprises here, but it’s great to see the game congratulated for persisting with an update model that doesn’t inhibit and leave behind players.

Nintendo’s Super Mario Odyssey picked up two awards, including Best Family Game and Best Game Design. Odyssey is the latest edition the 3D platforming franchise, and has demonstrated what consumers can expect from Triple A entries into the genre.

Here’s Nintendo Entertainment Accepting the Award.

What’s particularly interesting about the BAFTA awards is how they diversify the winners pool with both Triple A and Independent developers. This year, 12 of the 16 Awards belonged to Independent entries, with similar diversity in previous years ceremonies.

A massive congratulations to the winners – it was a terrific year for the industry.