Super Mario Galaxy wins the best game award and Call for Duty 4 wins four.
The GAME British Academy Video Games Awards event for 2009 to recognise the top achievers of the British video game industry, took place at the London Hilton on Park Lane, UK, on March 10th 2009.
The who’s who of the video gaming industry were all present to see who took home the prize wins in the various award categories. Fifteen awards were presented on the evening, including presentations by Konnie Huq and Jonathan Ross from the BBC.
The ceremony unveiled a complete surprise winner for the Best Game category – Super Mario Galaxy, on the Wii platform, which took on and won the game tipped to be the winner, Call of Duty 4, which won three awards on the night. Another shock for the night was GTA IV, which won no awards despite being nominated in seven different categories.
The awards process to determine the winners involved a mix of specialised online voting and decisions made by a jury. Qualifying games were grouped into categories and voted on by selected industry professionals and BAFTA members. The top six games which achieved the highest votes in each category then qualified for the next stage, where they were presented to a carefully selected jury, specialising in that category.
Each jury consisted of seven to nine industry practitioners across a range of developers and publishers and is chaired by a member of the BAFTA Video Games committee. No juror was permitted to sit on the jury if he/she has had any direct association with a short-listed game.
The members of the BAFTA Video Games Committee includes the Chair, Ray Maguire, Senior Vice President/Managing Director, SCE UK; Deputy Chair, Ian Liviingstone OBE (Product Acquisition Director, Eidos); Mark Maslowicz (Director, Xbox and Games for Windows 3rd Party Publishing, Microsoft); Andy Nuttall (Games Development Manager, Sky) and Rob Saunders (Senior PR Manager, Nintendo).
Watch the video for an insight into the night of the 2009 gaming awards, for games released in 2008.
Here are the winners of the GAME BAFTA Awards 2009:
ACTION & ADVENTURE
STORY & CHARACTER
USE OF AUDIO
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Voting was free of charge and open to everyone – wherever they were in the world. Over 60,000 people cast their vote for their favourite game and the winner was:
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