British Esports Association

BAFTA Games Awards to recognise esports

News - 20 Feb 2017

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced today the shortlist of nominated esports games of 2016 for this year’s AMD Esports Audience Award. 

This is the only award voted for by the public presented at the British Academy Games Awards, taking place on Thursday April 6th at London’s Tobacco Dock. It will also be streamed on the BAFTA Twitch channel.

The nominations for the AMD Esports Audience Award are:

  • Clash Royale
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dota 2
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch
  • Street Fighter V

Members of the public will be able to cast their votes from today (Monday February 20th) until Thursday March 30th via www.amdesportsaward.com and will be able to engage in conversation with fellow voters by using the hashtags #AMDVote and #BAFTAGames.

The AMD Esports Audience Award aims to 'recognise and acknowledge the games that captured the hearts and imaginations of players and audiences over the past year in the esports space'. 

The British Esports Association helped form the list of nominations, with founder Chester King and content director Dominic Sacco part of the judging panel, among other media, gaming and esports industry experts.

Nick Button-Brown, Chair of BAFTA’s Games Committee, said: “The British Academy Games Awards is about celebrating creativity and excellence of the very best of Games. Esports is such an exciting area of our industry, we are delighted to be able to celebrate, in our ceremony, the games that make esports great. 

"Esports players and viewers are such a huge community, it makes so much sense for the community to pick its own winner, and I look forward to seeing who the community votes for.”