Supergiant's 'Hades' triumphs at BAFTA Games Awards

Washington DC, USAUpdated: Mar 26, 2021, 10:47 AM IST


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Greek mythology-inspired "Hades" took out the top honours at the BAFTA Games Awards on Thursday, scooping five prizes including a win for best game of 2020, as pandemic lockdowns brought new fans to the sector.

Developed by San Francisco-based Supergiant Games, 'Hades' lets players take on the role of Hades` son Zagreus as he tries to escape the Underworld. In a ceremony streamed live, the title also picked up awards for game design, artistic achievement, narrative and performer supporting role for voice actor Logan Cunningham at the British Academy Games Awards.

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EE game of the year, the sole award voted for by the public, went to 'The Last of Us Part II', which had led nominations with a record 13 nods.
With Britain under national lockdown to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many people turned to games for entertainment as well as virtual social interaction, organisers said.

"2020 ... saw people seeking out forms of entertainment in ways that we haven`t seen before," Jo Twist, Chief Executive of trade body Ukie, told Reuters. "Games offered a real opportunity for people to socially connect."

The UK video games market rose some 30% last year to a record 7 billion pounds ($9.61 billion), according to Ukie, which represents the UK games and interactive entertainment sector. Software revenue rose 18% to 4.55 billion pounds while game hardware jumped nearly 61% to 2.26 billion pounds as gamers bought new consoles, accessories and upgraded their PC game components, Ukie said.

"The Last of Us Part II", set in the post-apocalyptic United States filled with fungus-infected zombies, also won awards for animation and performer in a leading role for voice actress Laura Bailey. Platform game "Sackboy: A Big Adventure" won the British game award.

"2020 has been ... a landmark year for gaming ... We`ve launched a whole new generation of consoles. We`ve had video games come out that we`ve been waiting for years and years. We`ve had reboots of really beloved franchises," ceremony host Elle Osili-Wood told Reuters.