BAFTA Games Awards 2021 winners: Game of the Year and full list of winners revealed

Who won at the BAFTA Games Awards 2021? Find out here.

The BAFTA Games Awards 2021 are not far off.

The BAFTA Games Awards 2021 took place on 25th March 2021, with the winners being crowned during a special live-stream event hosted by Elle Osili-Wood.

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This is the second time that the BAFTA Games Awards have had to be an online-only event, following on from last year’s ceremony that took place early on in Britain’s original COVID-19 lockdown.

A year has passed since then, and it was a year that saw many of us turning to video games for comfort as the world around us went through turmoil. It feels like the right time to celebrate the medium and magic of video games, then.

Keep on reading for all the latest news about the BAFTA Games Awards nominees and winners for 2021, and all the other info that you need.

BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Winners

Since the BAFTA Games Awards 2021 have now taken place, the full list of winner has been revealed. Below you’ll find all the info on who won big at the BAFTA Games Awards 2021.

BAFTA Fellowship Award winner – Siobhan Reddy

Siobhan Reddy is being honoured with the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship Award.
Siobhan Reddy is being honoured with the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship Award.

As BAFTA revealed in an official announcement, “Siobhan Reddy, Studio Director at Media Molecule, will be presented with the Fellowship at the British Academy Games Awards on Thursday 25 March 2021.” If you were wondering, Media Molecule is known for its work on LittleBigPlanet, Tearaway, Tearaway Unfolded and Dreams.

Reddy said of the news, “I am so incredibly honoured and moved to receive the BAFTA Fellowship Award. I have been privileged throughout my life and career with incredible support and encouragement. I sincerely hope that my story, voice and support can be useful to others within the games industry. There is still so much to do, the Fellowship provides further motivation for me, and is real encouragement for all of us to care even more about inclusivity, diversity and building a work culture that celebrates creativity.”

EE Game of the Year winner (voted by the public) – The Last of Us Part 2

The audience-voted EE Game of the Year award goes to… Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part 2! It’s a game that split opinions, but its fans clearly came out in force this time!

Best Game winner (voted by the BAFTA Academy) – Hades

The Academy selection for Best Game is Hades, the much-loved exploration of Greek mythology in the shape of a roguelike action RPG.

Game Design winner – Hades

The winner in the Game Design category is Hades, beating out competition from Astro’s Playroom, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Ghost of Tsushima, Half-Life: Alyx, and The Last of Us Part 2.

Original Property winner – Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition

The winner in the Original Property category is Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition. What an honour to be named the best new idea of the year.

Performer in a Supporting Role winner – Logan Cunningham, Hades

The winner of the BAFTA for Performer in a Supporting Role is Logan Cunningham, for his multiple supporting roles in Hades. As well as playing the title character, he played Poseidon, Achilles, Charon, Asterius, and The Storyteller.

Performer in a Leading Role winner – Laura Bailey, The Last of Us Part 2

The winner of the Performer in a Leading Role award at the 2021 BAFTA Games Awards is Laura Bailey, for her performance as Abby in The Last of Us Part 2.

Evolving Game winner – Sea of Thieves

The winner of this year’s Evolving Game BAFTA is Sea of Thieves. Of course, this category recognises ongoing games that keep fans engaged with regular updates.

Game Beyond Entertainment winner – Animal Crossing: New Horizons

This award, which recognises a game that made a particularly meaningful impact on the world, goes to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Of course, AC:NH became a second home to many of us during the lockdowns and social restrictions of the past year.

Animation winner – The Last of Us Part 2

What would games be without animation? It doesn’t bear thinking about! And the winner of this year’s Animation BAFTA is The Last of Us Part 2.

Audio Achievement winner – Ghost of Tsushima

Sound design is a huge part of gaming, of course. And the winner of this year’s Audio Achievement BAFTA is Ghost of Tsushima!

Artistic Achievement winner – Hades

In the category of Artistic Achievement, there were so many great choices. And the winner is Hades! It’s turning out to be one of the big winners of the night.

Technical Achievement winner – Dream

Gaming couldn’t exist without technology, and so this award is a particularly vital one. And the winner of the BAFTA for Technical Achievement is Dreams. Since it’s a game that lets you make your own games, that makes a lot of sense.

Family winner – Sackboy: A Big Adventure

For families that were stuck at home together last year, video games were a lifeline in a lot of ways. And the winner of Family award at BAFTA Games Awards 2021 is Sackboy: A Big Adventure.

Debut Game winner – Carrion

Which game company made the best first impression this year? Well, the winner of the Debut Game BAFTA is Carrion – an indie title that lets you play as a villainous creature, it’s well worth picking up if you haven’t already.

British Game winner – Sackboy: A Big Adventure

The winner of the British Game award at the BAFTA Games Awards 2021 is Sackboy: A Big Adventure, which came to us from Sony and Sumo Sheffield. The developers took the opportunity to thank Media Molecule, the original creators of Sackboy in LittleBigPlanet.

Music winner – Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

The winner of the award for Music at the BAFTA Games Awards 2021 is Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The score for the game was beloved by fans, and it did well to modernise the orchestral elements of the Spider-Man PS4 game.

Narrative winner – Hades

The 2021 BAFTA Games Award for Narrative goes to Hades. The award was presented by legendary voice actor Jennifer Hale.

Multiplayer winner – Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Multiplayer games were so vital in 2021, with friends connecting online and households coming together locally to share special experiences. And the winner of the Multiplayer award at the BAFTA Games Awards 2021 is Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

The Last of Us Part II has the most nominations.
The Last of Us Part II has the most nominations, and it picked up a few wins too!
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BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Nominees

Here are some key facts about the nominations – The Last of Us Part 2 led the way with 13 nominations, a record-breaking number for a single game in the history of the BAFTA Games Awards.

Ghost of Tsushima also seemed to be a favourite, with 10 nominations for the Sony’s popular samurai game. Meanwhile, crowd-pleasing titles Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout both earned five nominations apiece.

Below you’ll find the full list of nominees in each category, which we’ve now updated to highlight the winners in bold.

Animation: BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Nominees

  • DOOM ETERNAL Development Team – id Software/ Bethesda Softworks
  • FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Development Team – Square Enix/Square Enix
  • THE LAST OF US PART II Development Team – Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (WINNER)
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES Development Team – Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • ORI AND THE WILL OF THE WISPS Development Team – Moon Studios/Xbox Game Studios
  • SPIRITFARER Development Team – Thunder Lotus/Kowloon Nights

Artistic Achievement: BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Nominees

  • CYBERPUNK 2077 Development Team – CD PROJEKT RED/CD PROJEKT x BANDAI NAMCO UK
  • DREAMS Development Team – Media Molecule/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • GHOST OF TSUSHIMA Jason Connell, Joanna Wang, Ian Jun Wei Chiew – Sucker Punch Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • HADES Jen Zee – Supergiant Games/Supergiant Games (WINNER)
  • HALF-LIFE: ALYX Development Team – Valve/Valve
  • THE LAST OF US PART II Development Team – Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Audio Achievement: BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Nominees

  • ASTRO’S PLAYROOM Development Team – SIE Japan Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • GHOST OF TSUSHIMA Rev. Dr. Bradley D. Meyer – Sucker Punch Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (WINNER)
  • HADES Darren Korb – Supergiant Games/Supergiant Games
  • HALF-LIFE: ALYX Development Team – Valve/Valve
  • THE LAST OF US PART II Development Team – Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES Development Team – Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Best Game: BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Nominees

  • ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS Development Team – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • GHOST OF TSUSHIMA Brian Fleming, Chris Zimmerman – Sucker Punch Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • HADES Development Team – Supergiant Games/Supergiant Games (WINNER)
  • HALF-LIFE: ALYX Development Team – Valve/Valve
  • THE LAST OF US PART II Development Team – Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES Development Team – Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

British Game: BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Nominees

  • DREAMS Development Team – Media Molecule/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • F1 2020 Development Team – Codemasters/Codemasters
  • FALL GUYS Development Team – Mediatonic/Devolver Digital
  • THE LAST CAMPFIRE Development Team – Hello Games/Hello Games
  • RÖKI Development Team – Polygon Treehouse/United Label
  • SACKBOY: A BIG ADVENTURE Ned Waterhouse, Jess Gaskell, Pete Smith – Sumo Digital Sheffield/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (WINNER)

Debut Game: BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Nominees

  • AIRBORNE KINGDOM Development Team – The Wandering Band/The Wandering Band
  • CALL OF THE SEA Tatiana Delgado, Manuel Fernandez – Out of the Blue/Raw Fury
  • CARRION Development Team – Phobia Game Studio/Devolver Digital (WINNER)
  • FACTORIO Development Team – Wube Software/Wube Software
  • THE FALCONEER Development Team – Tomas Sala/ Wired Productions
  • RÖKI Development Team – Polygon Treehouse/United Label

Evolving Game: BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Nominees

  • DESTINY 2: BEYOND LIGHT Development Team – Bungie/Bungie
  • DREAMS Development Team – Media Molecule/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • FALL GUYS Development Team – Mediatonic/Devolver Digital
  • FORTNITE Development Team – Epic Games/Epic Games
  • NO MAN’S SKY Development Team – Hello Games/Hello Games
  • SEA OF THIEVES Development Team – Rare Ltd/Xbox Game Studios (WINNER)

Family: BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Nominees

  • ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS Development Team – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • ASTRO’S PLAYROOM Development Team – SIE Japan Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • DREAMS Development Team – Media Molecule/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • FALL GUYS Development Team – Mediatonic/Devolver Digital
  • MINECRAFT DUNGEONS Development Team – Mojang Studios, Double Eleven Limited
  • SACKBOY: A BIG ADVENTURE Joel Smith, Cesar Bittar, Pete Smith – Sumo Digital Sheffield/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (WINNER)

Game Beyond Entertainment: BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Nominees

  • ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS Development Team – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo (WINNER)
  • BEFORE I FORGET Development Team – 3-Fold Games/3-Fold Games
  • DREAMS Development Team – Media Molecule/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • THE LAST OF US PART II Development Team – Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • SPIRITFARER Development Team – Thunder Lotus/Kowloon Nights
  • TELL ME WHY Development Team – DONTNOD Entertainment/Xbox Game Studios

Game Design: BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Nominees

  • ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS Development Team – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • ASTRO’S PLAYROOM Development Team – SIE Japan Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • GHOST OF TSUSHIMA Development Team – Sucker Punch Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • HADES Development Team – Supergiant Games/Supergiant Games (WINNER)
  • HALF-LIFE: ALYX Development Team – Valve/Valve
  • THE LAST OF US PART II Development Team – Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Multiplayer: BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Nominees

  • ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS Development Team – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo (WINNER)
  • DEEP ROCK GALACTIC Development Team – Ghost Ship Games/Coffee Stain Publishing
  • FALL GUYS Development Team – Mediatonic/Devolver Digital
  • GHOST OF TSUSHIMA Darren Bridges, Matt Goldhaber – Sucker Punch Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • SACKBOY: A BIG ADVENTURE Jack Houghton, Tom Sampson, Jason Stewart – Sumo Digital Sheffield/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • VALORANT Development Team – Riot Games/Riot Games

Music: BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Nominees

  • GHOST OF TSUSHIMA Ilan Eshkeri, Shigeru Umebayashi, Peter Scaturro – Sucker Punch Productions/ Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • HADES Darren Korb – Supergiant Games/Supergiant Games
  • THE LAST OF US PART II Gustavo Santaolalla, Mac Quayle, Scott Hanau – Naughty Dog/ Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES John Paesano, Scott Hanau, Alex Hackford – Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (WINNER)
  • ORI AND THE WILL OF THE WISPS Gareth Coker – Moon Studios/Xbox Game Studios
  • SACKBOY: A BIG ADVENTURE Jay Waters, Joe Thwaites, Joanna Skorupa – Sumo Digital Sheffield/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Narrative: BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Nominees

  • ASSASSIN’S CREED VALHALLA Writing Team – Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft
  • CYBERPUNK 2077 Writing Team – CD PROJEKT RED/CD PROJEKT x BANDAI NAMCO UK
  • GHOST OF TSUSHIMA Nate Fox, Ian Ryan – Sucker Punch Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • HADES Greg Kasavin – Supergiant Games/Supergiant Games (WINNER)
  • KENTUCKY ROUTE ZERO: TV EDITION Writing Team – Cardboard Computer/Annapurna Interactive
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES Writing Team – Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Original Property: BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Nominees

  • CARRION Development Team – Phobia Game Studio/Devolver Digital
  • FALL GUYS Development Team – Mediatonic/Devolver Digital
  • GHOST OF TSUSHIMA Development Team – Sucker Punch Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • HADES Development Team – Supergiant Games/Supergiant Games
  • KENTUCKY ROUTE ZERO: TV EDITION Development Team – Cardboard Computer/Annapurna Interactive (WINNER)
  • SPIRITFARER Development Team – Thunder Lotus/Kowloon Nights

Performer in a Leading Role: BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Nominees

  • ASHLEY JOHNSON as Ellie in The Last of Us Part II
  • CHERAMI LEIGH as Female V in Cyberpunk 2077
  • CODY CHRISTIAN as Cloud Strife in Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • DAISUKE TSUJI as Jin Sakai in Ghost of Tsushima
  • LAURA BAILEY as Abby in The Last of Us Part II (WINNER)
  • NADJI JETER as Miles Morales in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Performer in a Supporting Role: BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Nominees

  • CARLA TASSARA as Judy Alvarez in CYBERPUNK 2077
  • JEFFREY PIERCE as Tommy in The Last of Us Part II
  • LOGAN CUNNINGHAM as Hades, Achilles, Poseidon, Asterius, Charon, and the Storyteller in Hades (WINNER)
  • PATRICK GALLAGHER as Khotun Khan in Ghost of Tsushima
  • SHANNON WOODWARD as Dina in The Last of Us Part II
  • TROY BAKER as Joel in The Last of Us Part II

Technical Achievement: BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Nominees

  • DEMON’S SOULS Development Team – SIE Japan Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • DOOM ETERNAL Development Team – id Software/Bethesda Softworks
  • DREAMS Development Team – Media Molecule/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (WINNER)
  • FLIGHT SIMULATOR Sebastian Wloch, Duncan Lawler, Pavel Kuksa – Asobo Studio/ Xbox Game Studios
  • THE LAST OF US PART II Development Team – Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES Development Team – Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

EE Game of the Year (voted for by the public): BAFTA Games Awards 2021 Nominees

  • ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • CALL OF DUTY: WARZONE Raven Software, Infinity Ward/Activision
  • GHOST OF TSUSHIMA Sucker Punch Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • HADES Supergiant Games/Supergiant Games
  • THE LAST OF US PART II Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (WINNER)
  • VALORANT Riot Games/Riot Games

When were the BAFTA Games Awards 2021?

The event took place at 7pm GMT on 25th March 2021. The show was hosted by Elle Osili-Wood, a gaming journalist and presenter that you might recognise from PlayStation Access or BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.

Talking about the show in an exclusive interview, Osili-Wood told RadioTimes.com, “We want it to be fun, we want it to be engaging, we want it to be different from the myriad online ceremonies you might have seen this year. And of course, we just want it to be a celebration of togetherness, and the way in which games have bought us together, the way in which we have had a year to celebrate everything games mean to us.”

How to watch the BAFTA Games Awards 2021

If you want to watch the BAFTA Games Awards, there are five main way you can relive the show. The event was live-streamed through the official BAFTA accounts on YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook and Steam, so you should be able to find the recording on any of those pages. We’ll see you back here in a year’s time for another celebration of gaming!

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