The biggest night in British gaming, the BAFTA Games Awards, took place last night at the Tobacco Docks and were host to the likes of Alien: Isolation; Destiny (who won the coveted ‘Best Game’ prize) and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
The spectacular show was presented by gaming enthusiast, comedian Rufus Hound, whose lively style was perfect for an evening celebrating creativity, excellence and innovation.
A tongue-in-cheek film was shown before Mr Hound took to the stage of him in a hotel room at Grange Tower Bridge immersed in a game, realising he had to get on his way to the Tobacco Docks to present.
The presenter, along with some of the evening’s other stars, including singer Riva Taylor who opened the show and the team from Playground Games, stayed with us, as BAFTA Games’ first official hotel partner.
There were some surprise winners on the night. OlliOlii - the low-budget skateboarding video game - beat both Fifa 15 and Forza Horizon 2 for the Best Sport Video Game. Alien: Isolation, despite entering the ceremony as the favourite with six nominations, walked away with the Audio Achievement Award. Kevin Spacey, nominated in the Best Performer category, was beaten by fellow American, Ashley Johnson who voices Ellie in The Last of Us: Left Behind. Her touching speech spoke of her joy and appreciation of playing a female part that wasn’t sexualised or a damsel in distress. Cue empathetic applause from the women in the audience: seemingly a growing clan in this booming industry.
The Fellowship Award went to David Braben OBE, creator of Elite, who recognised that the industry was on the "cusp of a golden age for video gaming", very much like the filming industry, post-war, in the 40’s. A palpable feeling of burgeoning world-domination – in the sense of gaming involving that many people across the globe either playing or making the games – was present in acceptance speeches and the celebrating afterwards. The Tattinger champagne flowed and rightly so for an industry which merges creativity and coding like no other.
Grange Hotels have a legacy of supporting arts, culture and innovation and are thrilled to have BAFTA Games as partners in 2015 and beyond.