The Church Of England has slammed BAFTA’s decision to allow Sony’s Resistance: Fall Of Man to be nominated for an award at this month’s ceremony.
The Church called for Resistance to be banned in June, after it became aware that Sony had used an in-game visual depiction of Manchester Cathedral without permission.
Now the Dean of Manchester Cathedral, the Very Rev Rogers Govender, has attacked BAFTA for "condoning" the behaviour of the platform holder.
According to the Press Association, the Dean said in a statement: "It is a disgrace that Resistance: Fall of Man has been short-listed for a BAFTA.
"Sony has admitted that they did not have permission to film or use Manchester Cathedral in their computer game and have said ‘we are confident there is no legal requirement for us to seek permission’.
"BAFTA should not be seen condoning such behaviour unless they are saying it is acceptable for producers to walk into historic buildings and film interiors – ignoring contracts, rights and liability."
The Dean called on Sony to abide by new "sacred digital guidelines" as he feared other buildings would be cloned for "virtual desecration" in future.
The BAFTAs will take place at Battersea Evolution on Tuesday, October 23rd.