Bafta Games awards: God of War leads the pack

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Image caption Red Dead Redemption 2 is up for six awards.

The winners of the 15th annual Bafta Games Awards are being revealed at a glitzy ceremony in central London.

Action adventure game God of War leads the way with 10 nominations including the sought-after Best Game prize.

The game is rooted in ancient mythology and stars Kratos, the former Greek god of war, and his son Atreus.

However, it will scoop up a maximum of seven awards because four of its nominations are for its cast in the Best Performer category.

The winners so far:

  • Original Property: Into the Breach
  • Music: God of War
  • Game Design: The Return of the Obra Dinn
  • Evolving Game: Fortnite
  • Narrative: God of War
  • Debut Game: Yoku’s Island Express
  • Mobile: Florence
  • Family: Nintendo Labo
  • Artistic Achievement: Return of the Obra Dinn
  • Multiplayer: A Way Out
  • Audio Achievement: God of War
Image caption Christopher Judge is nominated for his role as Kratos

Presenter Dara O’Briain told the BBC the event celebrates the diversity of the games industry and the award results can be surprising.

“Like the movie industry suddenly going indie and choosing all indie and not choosing the blockbusters, Bafta has a tendency to do that,” he said.

Despite being a 2017 release, Fortnite is back at the Baftas again this year with two nominations, for best evolving game and mobile game of the year.

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Its enduring popularity may not curry it any favour however.

“Fortnite was very much last year’s story, in this room,” said Mr O’Briain.

Other nominees for Best Game include:

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Celeste
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Sales of video games, consoles, PC gaming add-ons and other related products topped £5.7bn in the UK last year, according to trade body Ukie.

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That is another record high and a 10% improvement on the previous year.

However, the VR hardware market had a more difficult year according to the IHS Markit consultancy. Sales dropped by 20.9% to £72m.

The awards ceremony will finish at about 21:00.

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