Games battle for glory at Bafta Awards

Ninja Theory

The Bafta Games Awards in London.

Hellblade: Senua Sacrifice is the most nominated title, with the entries in nine categories, including Best Game.

The third-person action game features a female protagonist – a Pict warrior – who suffers from psychosis. It has been widely praised for how it handles the condition.

The title was developed by Ninja Theory, a British studio based in Cambridge.

“At this moment in the game, there is a large movement towards creating games that are more meaningful in nature, and reflect the human experience,” Tameem Antoniades, the game, the director, has told the BBC before the ceremony.

“We wanted to address something real, that affects a lot of people… actually give you a taste of what it feels like.”

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The other candidates for Best Game are:
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Horizon Zero Dawn
The Legend of Zelda: the Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey
What Remains of Edith Finch

This year the scholarship is granted to Tim Schafer.

The American founder of Double Fine Productions, has been responsible for point-and-click classics like The Secret of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, and broken Age.

Fortnite – one of the most popular games at the moment, only has two nominations: the Multiplayer and the Game continues to evolve.Record sales

Sales of video games, console, PC gaming add-ons, and other related products topped £5.1 billion in the UK last year, according to trade body Ukie.

That marked a new historical record of 12.4% compared to the previous year.

Epic Games

The launch of Nintendo’s power Switch, and the Microsoft Xbox One X has a contributed interest.

But the challenges for the sector are the prices of graphics cards – which was inflated by the demand from crypto-currency industry, as well as lower than forecast sales of the virtual reality equipment.