Another edition of our prolific Scrapbook feature, with a look at another games industry event, the BAFTA Cymru Awards and the Wales Games Development Show by our designer Catherine!
On the 18th of June it was the BAFTA Cymru awards ceremony for Video Games, which took place at the Wales Games Development Show in Cardiff. Similar to the BAFTA Games Awards, the BAFTA Cymru Games award is given out once a year and celebrates achievements in the games industry in Wales. They reward one Best Game Award and commend developers across Gameplay Design, Artistic Achievement, Technical Achievement and Sound and Music. This year saw a record number of entries where they had an increase of 25% on their submitted games for nomination.
I attended the Wales Games Development Show as I was giving the Dewi Vaughan Owen Keynote, which was BAFTA Cymru’s 3rd Games Keynote to date. I spoke about my journey into the games industry and my twin sister Charlotte’s journey into the games industry. Alongside my keynote, there were talks from other professionals across the games industry from education to design, and writing - providing more in-depth information on the games industry to the public, students and other game developers who attended the show.
There was also a selection of games on show from local developers, which was great for showing up and coming talent, while also getting them in the public’s eye and making people aware of the blooming games industry there is in Wales. You can find a list of all the games that were playable by visiting the Wales Games Development Show website.
After all the talks had taken place, the BAFTA Cymru Awards dominated the event, which was hosted by Gareth David-Lloyd, who proved a great presenter for the awards. The Best Game Award was given to Rantmedia for TV Sports Soccer, a game that is a twist on the endless runner, where you’re playing football on endlessly sewn together pitches.
Overall, the Wales Games Development Show and the BAFTA Cymru Awards ceremony was a great event to attend and be a part of. If you are local to South Wales or would like to attend an event like these, they will be running again next year!