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On Thursday evening, the biggest names in the British gaming industry gathered at Tobacco Dock, London, to celebrate the past year of video games. The British Academy Games Awards gives companies and individuals an opportunity to earn their own BAFTA award; one of the most prestigious awards for entertainment in the United Kingdom. We were invited to attend the event and joined in celebrating the biggest gaming achievements of 2015.

The red-carpeted event was hosted by renowned British comedian Dara Ó Briain, alongside a number of well-known figures in video games. Compared to previous years Ó Briain did an outstanding job at hosting, referencing some of the in-industry jokes and controversies of the year. A number of influential figures from the industry such as YouTubers, journalists and developers were invited to take to the stage and present each award.

This year the academy had eighteen awards up for grabs, covering a broad range of categories across games. Across these awards, talent in various aspects of game development was celebrated, promoting original ideas and those who made a significant impact on the gaming landscape.

Compared to other award shows this year, the BAFTA Games Awards undeniably had a focus on upcoming developers in the UK industry. 'Everybody's Gone to the Rapture' was nominated for ten awards, towering over big-budget games such as 'Halo 5: Guardians,' which was only given a single nomination.

Across the night, the clear winners were 'Her Story' and 'Rocket League', each taking home three awards. The Chinese Room's 'Everybody's Gone to the Rapture' also walked away with the BAFTA for audio achievement and best music. The biggest prize of the night, Best Game, was handed to 'Fallout 4', despite being pitted against strong competitors such as 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt' and 'Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain'.

Other notable wins for games on the Xbox One were 'Ori and Blind Forest' which walked away with a BAFTA for artistic achievement, and 'Life is Strange' which was awarded for best story. John Carmack, the mastermind behind hit titles such as 'DOOM' and 'Quake', took home to BAFTA Fellowship award the most prestigious award given to an individual over the night.

Here is a full list of the winners from the night:

AwardWinner
AMD eSports audience awardSmite (Hi-Rez Studios)
Artistic achievementOri and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios)
Audio achievementEverybody's Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room)
Best gameFallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios)
British gameBatman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios)
Debut gameHer Story (Sam Barlow)
Family gameRocket League (Psyonix)
Game designBloodborne (FromSoftware)
Game innovationHer Story (Sam Barlow)
Mobile and handheld gameHer Story (Sam Barlow)
Multiplayer gameRocket League (Psyonix)
MusicEverybody's Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room)
Original propertyUntil Dawn (Supermassive Games)
Ones to watchSundown (Mild Beast Games)
PerformerEverybody's Gone to the Rapture (Merle Dandridge)
Persistent gamePrison Architect (Introversion Software)
Sport gameRocket League (Psyonix)
StoryLife Is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment)
BAFTA fellowshipJohn Carmack
Smite (Hi-Rez Studios)
Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios)
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room)
Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios)
Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios)
Her Story (Sam Barlow)
Rocket League (Psyonix)
Bloodborne (FromSoftware)
Her Story (Sam Barlow)
Her Story (Sam Barlow)
Rocket League (Psyonix)
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room)
Until Dawn (Supermassive Games)
Sundown (Mild Beast Games)
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (Merle Dandridge)
Prison Architect (Introversion Software)
Rocket League (Psyonix)
Life Is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment)
John Carmack

For those who weren't able to attend, or missed the live stream on Twitch, BAFTA has uploaded all of this year's award acceptances to their official YouTube channel.

On a more personal note, I'm somewhat bewildered by the bias to British developers this year, with some of the questionable winners from UK-based studios beating this year's biggest releases. This is understandable from an organization which celebrates British achievement but slightly invalidates the awards with this focus. Despite this, as one of the most respected award shows in television and film, obtaining a BAFTA award of any kind is considered a massive achievement. Between the entertainment for the night and the ceremony itself, the BAFTA Games Awards were an enjoyable evening, celebrating the best digital entertainment mankind has to offer.

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Games Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

13 Comments
  • Glittering Show!
  • I'm sure Dara loves being described as British. But he's most definitely Irish.
  • I miss Windows Phone Central. When it was about Windows Phones and not games.
  • If they stuck to WP only coverage the site would be dead just like WP is.
  • it will never be once was ,get over it and move on forward. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Well Microsoft itself didn't give us much choice. With Windows 10 everywhere it would be irresponsible of us not to embrace its entire ecosystem.
  • You go guys(wc) just love the coverage. With alot happening out there I'm glad that you guys are posting worthwhile stuff from it. Lord knows where readers like me will go to without windows central.
  • Under 20 comments on the above article; 100 plus on Xbox and 250+ on 'PC or Phone Insider Build Out' posts.
    People are hardly interested here Richard. We don't mind seeing Xbox and Hololens coverage (its most welcome actually). But Games Awards? Eh gotta set the priorities.
  • Comments do not equal whether a post was worthwhile or not. 250 comments could come from 300 page views. How you measure worthwhile and how we measure it are clearly two different metrics. There is one important factor you overlooked though. We don't make you read every post and comment on every post. You are free to skip over things that don't interest you. It's perfectly OK. We don't mind.
  • Hey Richard, how about a post outlining these things, about what WC covers and not covers and the reason for the same? Just to get the people a sense as what to expect from WC as a whole. Just a suggestion. And BTW, I don't mind any of it. Keep up the goof work.
  • We've been covering more than phones for a lonnnnng time now. If it connects to the Windows ecosystem, we cover it. And that includes gaming now. Gaming is a HUGE market and Microsoft platforms are right in the middle.
  • best game fallout 4? no.
  • You were critical when brits won the British game awards but not when America wins the world series?