BAFTA Fellowship Awarded to Rockstar Games

With the British Academy Games Awards around the corner on Wednesday 12 March, BAFTA have announced that at this years ceremony Rockstar Games is to be honoured with a BAFTA Fellowship.

Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by the Academy in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games. Rockstar Games are in good company with Fellowships previously being bestowed upon industry legends Gabe Newell, Peter Molyneux, Shigeru Miyamoto and Will Wright.

Rockstar Games are probably most recognised as the creators of Grand Theft Auto, with the release of the fifth game in the series Grand Theft Auto 5 last year it broke multiple records on its way to being the biggest grossing game of all time. Rockstar Games also brought us the amazing Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire.

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As the driving forces behind Rockstar Games, Sam Houser, Dan Houser, Leslie Benzies and Aaron Garbut will attend the ceremony to accept the accolade on behalf of the company.

Sam Houser had this to say:

“We have long believed in the potential for videogames to become a new form of cultural expression and worked to show that in our games, so for us accepting the BAFTA Fellowship is incredibly humbling,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “This honour reflects the creative vision and dedication of a huge number of people over many years, and we look forward to accepting the Fellowship on their behalf.”

Harvey Elliott, Chair of BAFTA’s Games Committee, added:

“It is hugely exciting to be able to recognise the amazing contribution made by Rockstar to the games industry over the past 16 years. The creativity and passion exhibited by the Rockstar teams have inspired a generation of game developers to raise the bar in every aspect of game development. From design and mechanics, through to storytelling, cinematics and audio immersion, and in the process creating games that compete so profoundly on a global stage across all entertainment media.  Rockstar, this Fellowship is wholly deserved.”

The British Academy Games Awards take place on Wednesday 12 March at the Tobacco Dock, London, and will be hosted for the sixth consecutive year by comedian and gamer Dara O Briain.

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Public tickets for the ceremony and Inside Games, BAFTA’s showcase of the latest games from the world’s biggest studios, can be purchased from http://bit.ly/InsideGames.

The ceremony will be streamed live online at Twitch.tv and BAFTA’s website, www.bafta.org will also feature red carpet highlights, photography and winners interviews, as well as dedicated coverage on its social networks including Facebook (/BAFTA), Twitter(@BAFTAGames / #BAFTAGames), and Tumblr.

Source: BAFTA
Reporter: JMS1701

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