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BAFTA Game Awards 2020 winners: The acclaimed games to add to your collection

Indie games dominated the annual BAFTA Game Awards last night – which for the first time ever, was live streamed through BAFTA’s social platforms including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Twitch, rather than at a plush London ceremony. 

Host Dara Ó Briain, still dressed up for the occasion in a tuxedo, hosted from his home, with winners accepting their awards via video link – and presumably following with their own virtual Zoom afterparties. You can’t leave a BAFTA do UN-toasted.

The annual BAFTA Game Awards are usually a lavish, red carpet affair. CREDIT: BAFTA

Outer Wilds, the indie action-adventure mystery about a solar system trapped in an endless time loop, took home the night’s biggest award, Best Game, as well as Game Design and Original Property.  

“We chose to make Outer Wilds not because it was easy, but because it was hard,” said the LA-based Mobius Games development team behind the game in (one of) their acceptance speeches.

Outer Wilds, from Mobius Games, won the BAFTA for Best Game. CREDIT: MOBIUS GAMES

Another indie game, critically-acclaimed RPG Disco Elysium, also took home three BAFTAs, for Debut Game, Narrative, and Music. 

The awards recognised acting in video games too, with Finnish actor Martti Suosalo from acclaimed action-adventure Control winning the gong for Performer in a Supporting Role, and Gonzalo Martin, from Life is Strange 2, winning Performer in a Leading Role.

Host Dara Ó Briain pre-recorded his links from home, and then watched the ceremony live with more than 720,000 other viewers. CREDIT: BAFTA

With winners from mobile to console, from indie to AAA blockbuster, and from online multiplayer to solo adventure, if you’re looking for a BAFTA-approved way to enjoy whiling away the hours at home, here are the games you should be adding to your collection right now (if not sooner).

See the full list of winners (in bold) and nominees, below.

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Animation

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE Development Team – Infinity Ward/Activision

CONTROL Development Team – Remedy Entertainment/505 Games

DEATH STRANDING Development Team – Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

LUIGI’S MANSION 3 Development Team – Next Level Games/Nintendo

SAYONARA WILD HEARTS Development Team – Simogo/Annapurna Interactive

SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE Development Team – FromSoftware/Activision

Artistic achievement

CONCRETE GENIE Development Team – Pixelopus/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

CONTROL Development Team – Remedy Entertainment/505 Games

DEATH STRANDING Development Team – Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

DISCO ELYSIUM Development Team – ZA/UM/ZA/UM

KNIGHTS AND BIKES Rex Crowle, Moo Yu, Kenneth C M Young – Foam Sword/Double Fine Presents

SAYONARA WILD HEARTS Development Team – Simogo/Annapurna Interactive

Audio achievement

APE OUT Matt Boch – Gabe Cuzzillo, Matt Boch, Bennett Foddy/Devolver Digital

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE Development Team – Infinity Ward/Activision

CONTROL Development Team – Remedy Entertainment/505 Games

DEATH STRANDING Ludvig Forssell, Mike Niederquell, Jodie Kupsco – Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER Development Team – Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts

UNTITLED GOOSE GAME Development Team – House House/Panic

Best game

CONTROL Development Team – Remedy Entertainment/505 Games

DISCO ELYSIUM Development Team – ZA/UM/ZA/UM

LUIGI’S MANSION 3 Development Team – Next Level Games/Nintendo

OUTER WILDS Development Team – Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive

SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE Development Team – FromSoftware/Activision

UNTITLED GOOSE GAME Development Team – House House/Panic

British game

DiRT RALLY 2.0 Development Team – Codemasters/Codemasters

HEAVEN’S VAULT Joseph Humfrey, Jon Ingold, Laura Dilloway – inkle/inkle

KNIGHTS AND BIKES Rex Crowle, Moo Yu, Kenneth C M Young – Foam Sword/Double Fine Presents

OBSERVATION Development Team – No Code/Devolver Digital

PLANET ZOO Development Team – Frontier Developments/Frontier Developments

TOTAL WAR: THREE KINGDOMS Development Team – The Creative Assembly/SEGA

Debut game

APE OUT Gabe Cuzzillo, Matt Boch, Bennett Foddy – Gabe Cuzzillo, Matt Boch, Bennett Foddy/Devolver Digital

DEATH STRANDING Development Team – Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

DISCO ELYSIUM Development Team – ZA/UM/ZA/UM

KATANA ZERO Justin Stander – Askiisoft/Devolver Digital

KNIGHTS AND BIKES Rex Crowle, Moo Yu, Kenneth C M Young – Foam Sword/Double Fine Presents

MANIFOLD GARDEN Development Team – William Chyr Studio/William Chyr Studio 

Evolving game

APEX LEGENDS Chad Grenier, Drew McCoy – Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts

DESTINY 2 Development Team – Bungie/Bungie

FINAL FANTASY XIV: SHADOWBRINGERS Development Team – Square Enix/Square Enix

FORTNITE Development Team – Epic Games/Epic Games

NO MAN’S SKY: BEYOND Development Team – Hello Games/Hello Games

PATH OF EXILE Development Team – Grinding Gear Games/Grinding Gear Games

Family

CONCRETE GENIE Development Team – Pixelopus/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

KNIGHTS AND BIKES Rex Crowle, Moo Yu, Kenneth C M Young – Foam Sword/Double Fine Presents

LUIGI’S MANSION 3 Development Team – Next Level Games/Nintendo

UNTITLED GOOSE GAME Development Team – House House/Panic

VACATION SIMULATOR Development Team – Owlchemy Labs/ Owlchemy Labs

WATTAM Development Team – Funomena/Annapurna Interactive

Game beyond entertainment

CIVILIZATION VI: GATHERING STORM Development Team – Firaxis/2K

DEATH STRANDING Development Team – Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

KIND WORDS (LO FI CHILL BEATS TO WRITE TO) Ziba Scott, Luigi Guatieri, Clark Aboud – Popcannibal/Popcannibal

LIFE IS STRANGE 2 (EPISODES 2-5) Development Team – DONTNOD Entertainment/Square Enix

NEO CAB Development Team – Chance Agency/Fellow Traveller Games

RING FIT ADVENTURE Development Team – Nintendo/Nintendo

Game design

BABA IS YOU Arvi Teikari – Hempuli Oy/Hempuli Oy

CONTROL Development Team – Remedy Entertainment/505 Games

DISCO ELYSIUM Development Team – ZA/UM/ZA/UM

OUTER WILDS Development Team – Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive

SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE Development Team – FromSoftware/Activision

WATTAM Development Team – Funomena/Annapurna Interactive

Multiplayer

APEX LEGENDS Chad Grenier, Brent McLeod, Carlos Pineda – Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts

BORDERLANDS 3 Development Team – Gearbox Software/2K

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE Development Team – Infinity Ward/Activision

LUIGI’S MANSION 3 Development Team – Next Level Games/Nintendo

TICK TOCK: A TALE FOR TWO Development Team – Other Tales Interactive/Other Tales Interactive

TOM CLANCY’S THE DIVISION 2 Development Team – Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft

Music

CONTROL Petri Alanko, Martin Stig Andersen – Remedy Entertainment/505 Games

DEATH STRANDING Ludvig Forssell, Peter Scaturro, Keith Leary – Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

DISCO ELYSIUM British Sea Power – ZA/UM/ZA/UM

OUTER WILDS Development Team – Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LINK’S AWAKENING Development Team – Grezzo/Nintendo

WATTAM Asuka Takahashi, Brad Fotsch, Sam Bird – Funomena/Annapurna Interactive

Narrative

CONTROL Writing Team – Remedy Entertainment/505 Games

DISCO ELYSIUM Writing Team – ZA/UM/ZA/UM

LIFE IS STRANGE 2 (EPISODES 2-5) Writing Team – DONTNOD Entertainment/Square Enix

OUTER WILDS Writing Team – Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive

THE OUTER WORLDS Writing Team – Obsidian Entertainment/Private Division

STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER Aaron Contreras, Matt Michnovetz, Stig Asmussen – Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts

Original property

BABA IS YOU Arvi Teikari – Hempuli Oy/Hempuli Oy

CONTROL Development Team –Remedy Entertainment/505 Games

DEATH STRANDING Development Team – Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

DISCO ELYSIUM Development Team – ZA/UM/ZA/UM

OUTER WILDS Development Team – Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive

UNTITLED GOOSE GAME Development Team – House House/Panic

Performer in a leading role

LAURA BAILEY as Kait Diaz in Gears 5

COURTNEY HOPE as Jesse Faden in Control

LOGAN MARSHALL-GREEN as David in Telling Lies

GONZALO MARTIN as Sean Diaz in Life is Strange 2 (Episodes 2-5)

BARRY SLOANE as Captain Price in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

NORMAN REEDUS as Sam in Death Stranding

Performer in a supporting role

JOLENE ANDERSEN as Karen Reynolds in Life is Strange 2 (Episodes 2-5)

TROY BAKER as Higgs in Death Stranding

SARAH BARTHOLOMEW as Cassidy (Lucy Rose Jones) in Life is Strange 2 (Episodes 2-5)

AYISHA ISSA as Fliss in The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan

LÉA SEYDOUX as Fragile in Death Stranding

MARTTI SUOSALO as Ahti the Janitor in Control

Technical achievement

A PLAGUE TALE: INNOCENCE Development Team – Asobo Studio/Focus Home Interactive

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE Development Team – Infinity Ward/Activision

CONTROL Development Team – Remedy Entertainment/505 Games

DEATH STRANDING Development Team – Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

METRO EXODUS Development Team – 4A Games/Deep Silver

SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE Development Team – FromSoftware/Activision

EE mobile game of the year (voted for by the public)

ASSEMBLE WITH CARE ustwo games/ustwo games

CALL OF DUTY: MOBILE Timi Studios/Activision

DEAD MAN’S PHONE Electric Noir Studios/Electric Noir Studios

POKEMON GO The Pokémon Company, Niantic/Niantic

TANGLE TOWER SFB Games/SFB Games

WHAT THE GOLF Triband/Triband

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Bex April May is an experienced entertainment, travel and lifestyle journalist based in London, writing for The Guardian, Metro, Cosmopolitan, MTV, Shortlist and more. Follow her adventures on Twitter @bexlectric and on Instagram @bexaprilmay

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