Ladies and gentlemen, the 2014 BAFTA Scotland Awards are now open for entries. The games category is once more entirely free to enter – and is open to every developer, team and game released in the last year – regardless of platform, genre or method of distribution.
Your game must have been created in Scotland have been released between 1 August 2013 and 17 July 2014. Released can mean published on any of the app stores, made available on your website, released physically (in a box on a shelf in a shop…) or any other means of making it publicly available.
By our count, there are well over 50 titles which qualify for this year’s competition.
If you’re unsure whether or not there’s any point in submitting your games (you can enter as many as you have), the consider that previous winners of the games award have included Coolson’s Artisanal Chocolate Alphabet (Things Made Out Of Other Things), Bad Hotel (Lucky Frame) and Quarrel (Denki).
Winning a BAFTA does not just mean you simply have something else to dust in the office, it’s a BAFTA. You can tell *everyone* that your game is a BAFTA AWARD WINNER! You can mention it on your App Store listing! Put it on your web site! Mention it on social media! Print it on a t-shirt! Carry the trophy with you and put it on the table at meetings!
Fame! Glory! The respect of your peers!
Entries are open until Thursday 17 July 2014 at 5pm, so you have a little over TWO WEEKS to enter. Games are entered online, through the awards website, making it as fast and slick and convenient as possible.
In 2013 the games category in the BAFTA Scotland awards had the highest number of entries ever – 28 games. This came close to the documentary category, which is one of the categories Scotland has always excelled in.
In 2013, Scotland produced a record number of games – 97 in total – with 2014 looking likely to double that. The games sector could become one of the jewels in the crown of Scotland’s creative industries, with even more games entered and a higher quality than ever before.
If you’ve released a game in the last 12 months, we would urge you to take advantage of the free entry and the prestige of winning a BAFTA. Whether you’re a professional game developer of many years standing, a new studio, or a part-time team, still at university, as long as your game was released publicly, then the chances are you can enter your title.
The full BAFTA Scotland awards rule book contains all of the criteria and notes for entries. You can register for the BAFTA entry portal and enter your game today.