Hellblade and Overwatch win big at Video Game BAFTAs

The games industry gathered last night to honour 2017’s greatest video game titles at an awards ceremony hosted by Dara O’Brien.

The titles that scooped awards may well be ones to watch in the licensing space, with the British Academy presenting gongs to games that have artistic value, technical mastery and innovation.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, a title dealing with themes of depression and mental instability developed by UK studio Ninja Theory, scooped an impressive five awards including Artistic Achievement and British Game.

Blizzard Entertainment’s multiplayer hit Overwatch won the Evolving Game award, due to its continued updates and free content that has kept players returning to the game more than year after release.

Overwatch’s growing presence in the esports space makes it one of the most important gaming properties in the licensing space, and the game’s popularity shows no signs of waning, due in no small part to the continued support from developers, Blizzard.

Also among the winners was Nintendo’s Super Mario Odyssey, stunning indie title Cuphead and quirky adventure game Night in the Woods.

A full list of winners follows below.

  • Artistic Achievement – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory
  • Audio Achievement – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – David Garcia Diaz, Ninja Theory
  • Best Game – What Remains of Edith Finch – Gian Sparrow
  • British Game – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory
  • Debut Game – Gorogoa – Jason Roberts, Buried Signal
  • Evolving Game – Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
  • Family – Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo EPD
  • Game Beyond Entertainment – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory
  • Game Design – Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo EPD
  • Game Innovation – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo EPD
  • Mobile Game – Golf Clash – Paul Gouge, Alex Rigby, Gareth Jones
  • Multiplayer – Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Larian Studios
  • Music – Cuphead – StudioMDHR
  • Narrative – Night in the Woods – Scott Benson, Alex Holowka, Bethany Hockenberry
  • Original Property – Horizon Zero Dawn – Guerrilla Games
  • Performer – Melina Juergens as Senua in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

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