Train2Game students will be aware of the increasing popularity of online brower based games, which has seen industry giants attempt to grab a piece of the action.
Now BAFTA are set to recognise the importance of browser based games from next year, with Online – Browser one of four new categories for the GAME British Academy Video Games Awards.
The other categories new for 2012 are Debut and Performer and Online – Multiplayer. Debut will reward the best game from a new game development studio that releases its first title in 2011, with the idea of rewarding the work of new studios. Perhaps a Train2Game student could potentially win this one in future?
The Performer award will recognise “excellence in performance featured in a game,” which could include anything from voice work to motion capture. Meanwhile, Online – Multiplayer will be awarded to “the best online multiplayer games experience,”
“BAFTA annually reviews its Awards categories to ensure they remain relevant and valued within the industry,” said Chairman of BAFTA’s Video Games Committee, Ray Maguire.
“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.”
“Debut Game is another important addition this year, which reflects the changing game-development landscape and the rise of new, independent studios.” he added.
The GAME British Academy Video Games Awards will take place on Friday 16 March 2012. As reported by the Train2Game blog, Heavy Rain was the big winner at this year’s ceremony, taking three awards.
So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on the new categories? And who do you think currently deserves to be nominated?
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