BAFTA Game Awards becomes online-only event

BAFTA Game Awards becomes online-only event

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has said that its forthcoming Game Awards will take place without an audience.

In a statement yesterday (Thursday, March 12th), the organisation said that the event, which was set to take place on Thursday, April 2nd, is going to be an online-only broadcast.

BAFTA has said that the move from a traditional red carpet ceremony had been changed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. This is to protect both its guests and its staff who would be working on the night.

The nominations for this year's BAFTA Game Award were revealed earlier in the month, with Remedy's Control and Death Stranding from Control coming away with nods in 11 categories each. That's the largest number of any game in the show yet.

Death Stranding's creator Hideo Kojima was going to be receiving the Fellowship award on the night, though that'll likely be a video message now.

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