The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (or BAFTA for short), has today announced that they will be awarding Rockstar Games a fellowship award for its achievements in gaming at the 2014 Games Awards Ceremony, an award which is the highest accolade it can bestow for contribution to film. television and games.
“From design and mechanics, through to storytelling, cinematics and audio immersion, and in the process creating games that compete so profoundly on a global stage across all entertainment media. Rockstar, this Fellowship is wholly deserved,” Harvey Elliott, chair of BAFTA’s games committee, said in the companies press release.
This is an obvious choice for BAFTA, given Rockstar’s success with Grand Theft Auto V, a game which quickly became the top-selling game of all time, with 32.5 million units sold.
But it’s not just GTA V that BAFTA are awarded Rockstar for, other games like LA Noire, Manhunt, Bully and Red Dead Redemption, have all earned Rockstar a great reputation “for creating intricately layered interactive worlds that have kept the company at the forefront of the gaming industry for over a decade, both critically and commercially.” According to BAFTA.
In response to the announcement, Sam Houser, founder of Rockstar Games gave the following statement:
“We have long believed in the potential for videogames to become a new form of cultural expression and worked to show that in our games, so for us accepting the BAFTA Fellowship is incredibly humbling, this honour reflects the creative vision and dedication of a huge number of people over many years, and we look forward to accepting the Fellowship on their behalf.”
BAFTA will present Rockstar Games with the award at the ceremony on 12 March. Grand Theft Auto V is also nominated for Best Game and Game Innovation at the ceremony.