BAFTA Cymru Games Awards winners are announced

The winners of this year’s BAFTA Cymru Games Awards have officially been announced along with four commendations.

Now in its fourth year, the 2016 ceremony was held at the Tramshed in Cardiff over the weekend. It formed a major part of the Wales Games Development Show.

Cardiff-based games developer Rantmedia won Best Game of the Year for its popular game TV Sports Soccer. Speaking on the day, Anton Faulconbridge of Rantmedia said: “TV Sports Soccer is a totally unique take on the most popular sport in the world.

“With DNA from classic retro titles like Sensible Soccer and modern arcade games like Crossy Road, TV Sports Soccer is a fast, endless, ‘blocky-style’ game of goals, goals and more goals.”

Thud Media, which is also based in Cardiff, picked up three commendations. These were for Artistic Achievement, Gameplay Design and Sound & Music for Boj Smoothies – a game designed for children.

Meanwhile, Cube Kids was awarded with the Technical Achievement gong for Teletubbies. Aled Parry of Cube Kids said: “We hope this will be the first of many more as we continue our pioneering games and television work in the kids market.”

Hannah Raybould, Director of BAFTA Cymru, said: “Huge congratulations to the winners of our Best Game Award and commendations this year.

“We are very proud to support the growing games industry in Wales and highlight the achievements of the increasing number of companies starting up and relocating to Wales.

“We are also pleased to host and support events in South and North Wales which bring together games, film and television practitioners with the wider creative media and cultural sector to help support the growth of the industry.

“These include Doing Digital, Thinking Digital event and the Level Up event at Wrexham Glyndŵ University. We look forward to engaging with more industry practitioners as they become members of BAFTA Cymru.”