It's the inaugural year of the EE Mobile Game of the Year category at the BAFTA Games Awards, and the nominees are pretty much exactly what you're expecting except for the lack of PUBG:
- Brawl Stars
- Clash Royale
- Fortnite Mobile
- Old School Runescape
- Pokémon Go
Clearly the games don't have to be especially new to qualify – Pokémon Go is nowhere near as big a deal now as it was a couple of years ago.
The shortlist will be voted on by the public and
Fortnite the winner announced at the British Academy Games Awards on the 4th of April.
Dr Jo Twist OBE, Chair of Games Committee at BAFTA, comments while attempting to catch an Easter Pikachu:
"We are thrilled to have been able to work alongside EE to launch our first ever publicly voted mobile games category in the British Academy Games Awards, focusing on the best games played over a network.
The EE Mobile Game of The Year celebrates an important and ever-growing part of the games industry, and this year’s nominees are all at the top of their game, so we’re excited to see who will take home the award."
Meanwhile, Pete Jeavons, Director of Brand Marketing at EE, took time out from learning to floss to say this:
"The rise in popularity of mobile games in the UK has meant that networks play an important role in offering the best experience possible – from high-speed play to reliable mobile coverage in more places.
Our network needs to continually offer the best service to keep up with the demands of innovative new games entering the market and it is these pioneering games that we want to celebrate with this new award category.
Opening up the BAFTA Games Awards to the public vote with the introduction of the EE Mobile Game of The Year is a natural way for us to champion the mobile games scene and connect our customers to the things they love the most."
The six nominees were chosen from a big ol' list of games by a panel including:
- Jury chair and BAFTA Game Committee representative Carolin Krenzer
- Will Luton, Mobile Games consultant
- Geoffrey de Bie, Partnerships Manager at Twitch
- Alex Benson, Community Manager at ESL
- Carl Hagberg, Head of Team Operations at Fnatic
And "other leading industry specialists and gaming journalists."
This year, the 15th BAFTA Games Awards will be held at Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank for the first time. Dara O’Briain will be back to host, making this his ninth year.
The rest of the category nominations for the BAFTA Games Awards will be announced at 11am this Thursday. The EE Award is the only one voted on by the public, though.
Congratulations to the nominees, and sour grapes to PUBG, which will just have to console itself with all its other awards.