The BAFTA games awards 2019 is currently taking place in the United Kingdom. As part of this, a number of the games that have been nominated for awards are currently on sale on Steam.
The list of games in the Steam sale ranges from big AAA titles to smaller indie games. The games in question have all been released over the past year, except for one multiplayer game.
Some of the big titles included in the sale are Far Cry 5, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, both of where were big games from Ubisoft in 2018. The former was nominated for “Best Music,” while the latter is in the running for “Best Game.” Also included in the sale are Dontnod’s episodic adventure game Life is Strange 2, which was nominated for the award for Games Beyond Entertainment. Other titles in the sale that have been nominated for “Best Game” include Matt Thorson and Noel Berry’s Celeste, as well as Lucas Pope’s Return of the Obra Dinn.
Meanwhile, fans looking for multiplayer action can pick up Rainbow Six: Siege. The tactical shooter was nominated for “Best Evolving Game” alongside titles like Destiny 2 and Fortnite.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, or BAFTA for short, is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving images, including video games, in the United Kingdom. The first BAFTA games awards were held back in 1998 as part of an effort to recognize new forms of entertainment. Some of the titles that were honored in that first BAFTA games awards included classics such as Goldeneye and Gran Turismo. Other high profile winners throughout the years include iconic titles such as Halo 2 and Half-Life 2.
In 2006, BAFTA decided to elevate games to the same level as film and television. Following this, the academy now advertises video games as their third major topic in recognition of their importance.