No Code’s Observation fought off competition from major UK studios, including Codemasters (DiRT Rally 2.0), Frontier Developments (Planet Zoo) and Creative Assembly (Total War: Three Kingdoms).
This isn’t the company’s first BAFTA. Observation also walked off with the Game of the Year trophy at the 2019 BAFTA Scotland awards and NoCode won the same award for its previous game, Stories Untold, in 2017. They’ve also had nominations for TIGA awards, Golden Joystick awards and even a BAFTA Scotland New Talent award way back in 2014.
Due to the current Covid19 lockdown however, the NoCode team did not get to celebrate at a glittering, star-studded ceremony in a glamorous central London venue. Instead, the awards were streamed online, with regular host, Dara O’Briain streaming live from his living room (you can watch the whole thing above!)
We spoke to Jon McKellan, the founder and creative director of NoCode (observing current government guidelines on social distancing). Jon told us:
“We’re absolutely thrilled at taking home the Best British Game award – feels like we’ve just won the nationals or something after winning a regional!
“It’s not quite how we dreamed our first UK BAFTA win might go, with the team all working from home, but we had a great time watching together on a big group video call, so celebrations were still had!
“It’s given us the confidence to plough ahead with our next endevour and makes us feel a bit better about scaling up the team for that!”
Congratulations to the whole NoCode team.
You can find the complete list of winners on the BAFTA website.