For the first time in its history, the BAFTA Games Awards 2021 will give the public a chance to have their say and vote for their favourite game.

The BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Games Awards will take place on the 25th March 2021 and the category shortlists will be announced on Tuesday 23rd February, following the jury panel meeting, and has a brand new award, which will be the only category to be voted for by the public.

BAFTA and EE will give the public the chance to vote for their favourite game of the year, with the introduction of the all-new EE Game of the Year category. Brought to fans by EE the new award will be decided by the global community of games fans from a shortlist of the biggest titles, before being revealed at the BAFTA Games Awards.

BAFTA Games Awards 2021

The jury panel, comprised of games experts*, and chaired by Dr Jo Twist OBE, chair of the BAFTA Games Committee, met via video conference to deliberate, debate and decide upon the six nominees from a longlist of games. The hotly contested shortlist will be announced later this month, as the vote opens to the public.

More so than ever, gaming has provided entertainment, escapism and connection over the last year.

Emma Baehr, Executive Director of Awards & Content at BAFTA said: “We are delighted to be working with EE once again on the BAFTA Games Awards in 2021, this year working together to bring an exciting new category to the ceremony. Games have been an ever-increasing popular art form in supporting and entertaining the nation throughout the lockdown period and we’re looking forward to handing the reigns over to the public to vote for their favourite in the EE Game of the Year Award.”

EE Game of the Year Award Jury Panel

  • Kieran Holmes-Darby, Co-Founder & CGO at EXCEL ESPORTS
  • Aoife Wilson, Writer, video producer and TV presenter
  • Blessing Adeoye Jr. , Host and Producer
  • Elle Osili Wood, video game presenter and journalist
  • Jane Douglas, Writer, video producer and TV presenter
  • Kirk McKeand, Writer
  • Ryan Brown, Writer and PR
  • Mike Diver, Head of Content at GAMINGBible

The EE Game of the Year nominees will be announced on Tuesday 23rd February 2021, at which point public voting will open. The winner will be announced at the BAFTA Games Award on Thursday 25th March 2021.

>> Official BAFTA Games Awards site