Nominations for BAFTA Cymru Games Awards announced

The nominations for the 2016 BAFTA Cymru Games Awards have been officially announced.

Having received a ton of entries, the event organisers have agreed upon the nominees for best game and the shortlists for artistic achievement, technical achievement, gameplay design, and sound & music.

An award ceremony will be held at the Tramshed in Cardiff, an integral part of the fifth Wales Games Development Show, which will be taking place on June 18th.

The awards celebrate the success of the Welsh game industry, which is one of the fastest developing creative industries in the UK. According to a Nesta report, the British gaming industry is worth £1.7 billion and is growing 22% year-on-year.

Wales Interactive, which was nominated last year, is up against Thud Media and Rantmedia for the best game 2016 gong for Toots Race and TV Sports Soccer.

Boj Smooties, developed by Thud Media, is up for three commendations, while Teletubbies by Cube Kids battles it out with four nominations. BBC Cymru, Aardman Animations and Squarehead Studies have also been shortlisted.

Actor Gareth David Lloyd, who rose to fame playing Ianto Jones in television series Torchwood, will be the host of the awards. He’s also known for his voice-acting work in games like Dragon Age: Inquisition and Red Faction Armageddon.

He said: “I’m thrilled to have been asked to host the British Academy Cymru Games Award Ceremony on 18 June, as I’ve been providing voiceovers to the games industry in Wales and the UK since 2008.

“I’ve seen a clear growth in the games industry here, over a very short time, and it is clear that there are more companies creating fantastic games across a variety of platforms every year.

“I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the games at the Wales Games Development Show and testing them out for myself. Good luck to everyone who is nominated this year!”