NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

Call of Duty: Black Ops and Heavy Rain each garner six nominations

Mass Effect 2 follows with five, LIMBO and Super Mario Galaxy 2 with four

London, 16 February 2011: The Academy today announced the nominations for the GAME British Academy Video Games Awards. 44 different games have been recognized and together they represent some of the most popular, innovative and cutting-edge creativity in today’s gaming industry.

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Call of Duty: Black Ops are both nominated for Action, Artistic Achievement, Multiplayer, Technical Innovation, and Use of Audio.  In addition, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is nominated for Best Game and Gameplay, and Call of Duty:  Black Ops got the nod for Story.  Heavy Rain and Mass Effect 2 received nominations for Artistic Achievement, Best Game, Gameplay, Original Music, Story and Heavy Rain got its 6 th nod for Technical Innovation.

LIMBO is nominated for Artistic Achievement and Use of Audio. Super Mario Galaxy 2 received nominations for Technical Innovation and Original Music, and both games are also nominated for Best Game and GameplayAlan Wake, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, God of War III, and Halo: Reach all have three nominations. Bioshock 2, Fallout: New Vegas, FIFA 11, Kinectimals, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, and Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty all received two.

This year’s new Social Network Game category garnered nominations for the following games:  Bejeweled Blitz, Farmerama, FIFA Superstars, My Empire, Zoo Mumba, and Zuma Blitz.

Other nominated games include: Civilization V, Cut The Rope, Dance Central, DJ Hero 2, F1 2010, Fable III, FIFA Manager 11, Football Manager 2011, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Gran Turismo 5, International Cricket 2010, James Bond 007:  Bloodstone, Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports, Napoleon Total War, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Plant vs. Zombies XBLA, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, Professor Layton and the Lost Future, Sonic Colours, Super Scribblenauts and Toy Story 3.

This year’s Awards will also include the publicly-voted category– the GAME Award of 2010. The shortlist was compiled by a panel of gaming journalists and enthusiasts, and comprises of Call of Duty: Black Ops, Dance Central, FIFA 11, Halo: Reach, Heavy Rain, LIMBO, Mass Effect 2, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Red Dead Redemption and Super Mario Galaxy 2. Voting is now live at www.baftagameaward.com.

While the Academy recognises those individuals at the top of their field, it also nurtures the developers of tomorrow by recognising up-and-coming talent. This year’s nominations for the BAFTA Ones To Watch Award in association with Dare to be Digital are Mush, Sculpty and Twang.

The GAME British Academy Video Games Awards will take place on Wednesday 16 March at the London Hilton on Park Lane. The Awards will be streamed live for the first time at http://go.ign.com/baftamicrosite, as well as at www.bafta.org and www.baftagameaward.com.

For information on buying tickets or about the Awards, visit BAFTA’s website at www.bafta.org/awards/video-games or contact Amy Elton on 020 7292 5839 or amye@bafta.org

A FULL LIST OF ALL NOMINATIONS ACCOMPANIES THIS RELEASE

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Notes to editors:

About BAFTA:

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round Learning&Events programme that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, lectures and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, Los Angeles and New York. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. For further information, visit www.bafta.org

About the judging process:

Games were entered by both developers and publishers into all the categories listed in this release and were initially voted on by BAFTA’s video games members and a carefully selected list of industry experts via a secure website.

The titles garnering the most votes went through to specialist juries who receive the games prior to making their nominations.

Each juror signs confidentiality papers and casts their votes on paper. The results in each category are not known until the envelope is opened on the night.

About GAME:

GAME is part of GAME Group plc, Europe's leading retailer of pc and video games, video game consoles and related accessories. We operate from over 1,000 GAME stores, concessions and franchises in the UK, Eire, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Portugal, France and Australia; and over 220 Gamestation stores in the UK. Together with our on-line and multi channel shopping services, our aim is to be the destination of choice for every consumer.

Nominations

16 February 2011

** STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 07:45 HRS WEDNESDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2011 **

Action

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

Development Team

Ubisoft Entertainment/Ubisoft Montreal

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Alan Kertz, Kristoffer Bergqvist

Electronic Arts/DICE

BioShock 2

Jordan Thomas, Zak McClendon

2K Games/2K Marin

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Adam Rosas, Scott Bean, Dom Drozdz

Activision Blizzard UK Ltd/Treyarch

God of War III

Stig Asmussen, Todd Papy, Steve Caterson

Sony Computer Entertainment/SCE Santa Monica Studio

Halo: Reach

Development Team

Microsoft Games Studios/Bungie

Artistic Achievement

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

Development Team

Ubisoft Entertainment/Ubisoft Montreal

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Adam Rosas, Scott Bean, Dom Drozdz

Activision Blizzard UK Ltd/Treyarch

God of War III

Stig Asmussen, Ken Feldman, Cecil Kim

Sony Computer Entertainment/SCE Santa Monica Studio

Heavy Rain

David Cage, Guillaume de Fondaumiere, Scott Johnson

Sony Computer Entertainment/Quantic Dream&XDev Studio Europe

LIMBO

Development Team

Xbox Live Arcade/Playdead Games

Mass Effect 2

Development Team

Electronic Arts/BioWare

Best Game

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

Development Team

Ubisoft Entertainment/Ubisoft Montreal

FIFA 11

Development Team

Electronic Arts/ Electronic Arts Canada

Heavy Rain

David Cage, Guillaume de Fondaumiere, Scott Johnson

Sony Computer Entertainment/Quantic Dream&XDev Studio Europe

LIMBO

Development Team

Xbox Live Arcade/Playdead Games

Mass Effect 2

Development Team

Electronic Arts/BioWare

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Koichi Hayashida, Yoshiaki Koizumi, Takashi Tezuka

Nintendo/Nintendo

Family

Dance Central

Development Team

Microsoft Games Studios&MTV Games/MTV&Harmonix

Kinect Adventures

Development Team

Microsoft Games Studios/Good Science Studio

Kinect Sports

Development Team

Microsoft Games Studios/Rare

Kinectimals

Development Team

Microsoft Games Studios/Frontier Developments Ltd

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Development Team

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment/TT Games

Toy Story 3

John Blackburn, Jonathan Warner, Jeff Bunker

Disney Interactive Studios/Avalanche Software

Gameplay

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

Development Team

Ubisoft Entertainment/Ubisoft Montreal

God of War III

Stig Asmussen, Todd Papy, Adam Puhl

Sony Computer Entertainment/SCE Santa Monica Studio

Heavy Rain

David Cage, Guillaume de Fondaumiere, Scott Johnson

Sony Computer Entertainment/Quantic Dream&XDev Studio Europe

LIMBO

Development Team

Xbox Live Arcade/Playdead Games

Mass Effect 2

Development TeamElectronic Arts/BioWare

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Koichi Hayashida, Yoshiaki Koizumi, Takashi Tezuka

Nintendo/Nintendo

Handheld

Cut the Rope

Development Team

Chillingo/Zeptolab

God of War: Ghost of Sparta

Development Team

Sony Computer Entertainment/Ready at Dawn&SCE Santa Monica Studio

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Development Team

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment/TT Games

Professor Layton and the Lost Future

Akihiro Hino

Nintendo/Level 5 Games

Sonic Colours

Development Team

SEGA/Sonic Team

Super Scribblenauts

Joseph M Tringali, Marius Fahlbusch, Jeremiah Slaczka

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment/5th Cell

Multiplayer

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

Development Team

Ubisoft Entertainment/Ubisoft Montreal

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Alan Kertz, Kristoffer Bergqvist

Electronic Arts/DICE

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Adam Rosas, Scott Bean, Dom Drozdz

Activision Blizzard UK Ltd/Treyarch

Halo: Reach

Development Team

Microsoft Games Studios/Bungie

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Development Team

Electronic Arts/Criterion Games

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

Development Team

Blizzard Entertainment/Blizzard Entertainment

Original Music

Alan Wake

Petri Alanko

Microsoft Games Studios/Remedy

Fable III

Russell Shaw

Microsoft Games Studios/Lionhead Studios

Heavy Rain

Normand Corbeil

Sony Computer Entertainment/Quantic Dream&XDev Studio Europe

James Bond 007: Bloodstone

Richard Jacques

Activision Blizzard UK/ Bizarre Creations

Mass Effect 2

Jack Wall

Electronic Arts/BioWare

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Koji Kondo

Nintendo/Nintendo

Social Network Game

Bejeweled Blitz

Jon David, Heather Hazen, Jason Kapalka

Popcap Games/Popcap Games

Farmerama

Tobias Reisberger, Jan-Michel Saaksmeier, Marten Schröder

Bigpoint/Bigpoint

FIFA Superstars

Development Team

EA Sports/Playfish

My Empire

Development Team

Playfish/Playfish

Zoo Mumba

Tobias Reisberger, Eduard Röhrich, Jan-Michel Saaksmeier

Bigpoint GMBH/Bigpoint GMBH

Zuma Blitz

Isaac Aubrey, Jon David, Jason Kapalka

PopCap Games/PopCap Games

Sports

F1 2010

Development Team

Codemasters/Codemasters Birmingham

FIFA 11

Development Team

Electronic Arts/ Electronic Arts Canada

Football Manager 2011

Development Team

SEGA/Sports Interactive

Gran Turismo 5

Development Team

Sony Computer Entertainment/Polyphony Digital Inc

International Cricket 2010

Development Team

Codemasters/Trickstar Games

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011

Shingo Takatsuka, Naoya Hatsumi, Jon Murphy

Konami/Winning Eleven Productions

Story

Alan Wake

Development Team

Microsoft Games Studios/Remedy

BioShock 2

Jordan Thomas, Zak McClendon

2K Games/2K Marin

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Adam Rosas, Scott Bean, Dom Drozdz

Activision Blizzard UK Ltd/Treyarch

Fallout: New Vegas

John Gonzalez, Eric Fenstermaker, Travis Stout

Bethesda Softworks/Obsidian Entertainment

Heavy Rain

David Cage, Guillaume de Fondaumiere, Scott Johnson

Sony Computer Entertainment/Quantic Dream&XDev Studio Europe

Mass Effect 2

Development TeamElectronic Arts/BioWare

Strategy

Civilization V

Jon Shafer, Dorian Newcomb, Brian Wade

2K Games/Firaxis

Fallout: New Vegas

Josh Sawyer, Frank Kowalkowski, Justin Reynard

Bethesda Softworks/Obsidian Entertainment

FIFA Manager 11

Development Team

EA Sports/Bright Future

Napoleon Total War

Development Team

SEGA/Creative Assembly

Plants vs. Zombies XBLA

George Fan, Matt Lee Johnston, Ty Roberts

PopCap Games/PopCap Games

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

Development Team

Blizzard Entertainment/Blizzard Entertainment

Technical Innovation

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

Development Team

Ubisoft Entertainment/Ubisoft Montreal

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Adam Rosas, Scott Bean, Dom Drozdz

Activision Blizzard UK Ltd/Treyarch

Halo: Reach

Development Team

Microsoft Games Studios/Bungie

Heavy Rain

David Cage, Guillaume de Fondaumiere, Scott Johnson

Sony Computer Entertainment/Quantic Dream&XDev Studio Europe

Kinectimals

Development Team

Microsoft Games Studios/Frontier Developments Ltd

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Koichi Hayashida, Yoshiaki Koizumi, Takashi Tezuka

Nintendo/Nintendo

Use of Audio

Alan Wake

Development Team

Microsoft Games Studios/Remedy/14.05.10

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

Development Team

Ubisoft Entertainment/Ubisoft Montreal/19.11.10

Battlefield: Bad Company: 2

Stefan Strandberg

Electronic Arts/DICE/05.03.10

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Development Team

Activision Blizzard UK Ltd/Treyarch/ 09.11.10

DJ Hero 2

Development Team

Activision Blizzard UK LTD/Freestylegames/22.10.10

LIMBO

Development Team

Xbox Live Arcade/Playdead Games/21.07.10

BAFTA Ones to Watch Award in association with Dare to Be Digital

Mush

Henry Hoffman, Ahmed Zaman, Matthew Dennis, Katherine Killick, Greg O’Brien

(Angry Mango)

Sculpty

Druhin Mukherjee, Fabien Roussot, James Long, Fraser Littlejohn, Ronan Suess

(Team Tickle)

Twang

Jocce Marklund, Annette Nielsen, Linus Nordgren, Marcus Heder, Thomas Finlay

(That Game Studio)

GAME Award of 2010

(The only award to be voted for by the public)

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Activision Blizzard UK Ltd/Treyarch

Dance Central

Microsoft Games Studios&MTV Games/MTV&Harmonix

FIFA 11

Electronic Arts/ Electronic Arts Canada

Halo Reach

Microsoft Games Studios/Bungie

Heavy Rain

Sony Computer Entertainment/Quantic Dream&XDev Studio Europe

Limbo

Xbox Live Arcade/Playdead Games

Mass Effect 2

Electronic Arts/BioWare

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Electronic Arts/Criterion Games

Red Dead Redemption

Rockstar Games/Rockstar San Diego

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Nintendo/Nintendo 


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