- BAFTA Games Awards and EE announce the return of the EE Players’ Choice Award – formerly the EE Game of the Year Award – the only award decided by players themselves
- The 2024 nominees are: Baldur’s Gate 3, Cyberpunk 2077, Fortnite, Lethal Company, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
- Games fans can now vote for the EE Players’ Choice Award at https://ee.co.uk/baftagames with many of the nominated games available to purchase at the EE Game Store
- The new award name comes as BAFTA and EE look to highlight the importance of players and the games that have had a huge impact on them over the last year, regardless of console or platform. It also forms part of EE’s ongoing ambition to become the no.1 destination for gaming in the UK
- Nominations for all other categories will be announced on Thursday 7th March 2024 with the winners announced at the BAFTA Games Awards on Thursday 11th April 2024
TUESDAY 5TH MARCH 2024, LONDON: Today, the six nominees for the EE Players’ Choice Award – formerly known as the EE Game of the Year Award – have been announced ahead of the BAFTA Games Awards on Thursday 11th April 2024.
Brought to fans by EE and its unbeatable network for gaming, the award was first announced in 2021 and celebrates the games that have had the greatest impact on players over the last 12 months. It is the only BAFTA Games Award to be voted for by the public with this now reflected in its name for the first time, and forms part of EE’s ongoing ambition to become the no.1 destination for gaming in the UK.
For the fourth year running, the shortlist was decided by a jury of games experts in February who were tasked with nominating six games that have had an impact on players and captured imaginations around the world. Many of the EE Players’ Choice Award nominated games are also available to purchase at the EE Game Store, the go to destination for UK gamers on any network.
Voting for the EE Players’ Choice Award opens from today and closes at 5pm on Monday 8th April 2024 with the winner announced at the BAFTA Games Awards on Thursday 11th April 2024.
The EE Players’ Choice Award nominees for 2024 are:
BALDUR’S GATE 3 is a story-rich, party-based RPG set in the universe of Dungeons & Dragons, where your choices shape a tale of fellowship and betrayal, survival and sacrifice, and the lure of absolute power. Mysterious abilities are awakening inside you, drawn from a mind flayer parasite planted in your brain. Resist, and turn darkness against itself. Or embrace corruption, and become ultimate evil. Baldur’s Gate 3 is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S.
CYBERPUNK 2077 is an open-world, action-adventure RPG set in the megalopolis of Night City, where you play as a cyberpunk mercenary wrapped up in a do-or-die fight for survival. Phantom Liberty is a spy-thriller expansion for Cyberpunk 2077. When the orbital shuttle of the President of the New United States of America is shot down over the deadliest district of Night City, there’s only one person who can save her — you. Cyberpunk 2077 is available on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One.
FORTNITE: Create, play, and battle with friends for free in Fortnite. Be the last player standing in Battle Royale and Zero Build, experience a concert or live event, or discover over a million creator made games, including racing, parkour, zombie survival, and more. Each Fortnite island has an individual age rating so you can find the one that’s right for you and your friends. Fortnite is available on Android, PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One.
LETHAL COMPANY is a cooperative horror game where you play as a contracted worker for the Company, collecting and selling scrap from abandoned, industrialised moons filled with danger and monsters to meet the Company’s profit quota. Explore the wondrous outdoors and rummage through their derelict, steel and concrete underbellies. Just never miss the quota. Lethal Company is available on PC.
MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN 2: Spider-Men Peter Parker and Miles Morales face the ultimate test of strength inside and outside the mask as they fight to save the city, each other and the ones they love, from the monstrous Venom and the dangerous new symbiote threat. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is available on PlayStation 5.
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TEARS OF THE KINGDOM: Embark on a perilous quest to find the missing princess and unravel the truth behind a cataclysmic event that has sent the kingdom into turmoil. You’ll decide your own path through the sprawling landscapes of Hyrule and the mysterious islands floating in the vast skies above. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is available on Switch.
Pete Jeavons, Marketing Communications Director at EE, said: “We are delighted to announce the nominees for our EE Players’ Choice Award. As part of our ambition to become the no.1 destination for gaming in the UK, we are proud to continue working with the BAFTA Games Awards to champion the games that have had a huge impact on players over the last year and to give the gaming community an opportunity to have their voice heard.”
Tara Saunders, Chair of BAFTA’s Games Committee, said: “A massive congratulations to all of this year’s nominees for the EE Players’ Choice Award. All six of these games have captured the curiosity of players around the world and we’re so pleased this is reflected in the name of the award. Our other category nominations will be revealed live on BAFTA’s YouTube, Twitch, X, Instagram and TikTok channels on Thursday 7th March at 14.00 GMT and we look forward to announcing all the winners on Thursday 11th April.”
The EE Game Store is perfect for anyone looking for the latest video games and gaming products. Available to anyone no matter what mobile or broadband network they are with, the online store will also offer many of the EE Players’ Choice Award nominated games.
EE’s partnership with the BAFTA Games Awards forms part of a wider ambition to become the UK’s no.1 destination for gaming, with bespoke gaming bundles, interest-free flexible payment options, access to great Full Fibre and 5G connectivity, and collaborations with the best partners, including British esports organisation, GIANTX. All of this is designed to create a gaming experience that customers can count on.
For more information on this year’s EE Players’ Choice Award nominated games, please visit the EE Game Store: http://www.ee.co.uk/gaming.
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How to Watch – BAFTA Games Awards 2024
The 20th BAFTA Games Awards take place on Thursday 11 April 2024, live on major social and streaming platforms around the world at 19.00 BST / 14.00 ET / 11.00 PT. Watch the Awards live on YouTube, Twitch and X.
The Nominations are announced on Thursday 7 March 2024 at 14.00 GMT / 09.00 ET / 06.00 PT. Watch the Nominations live on YouTube, Twitch, X, Instagram and TikTok.
About the EE Players’ Choice Award
The EE Players’ Choice Award shortlist has been selected from a pool of games that have had the greatest impact on players in 2023. Games eligible for consideration can have been released at any time and on any platform but must have released new content to players between 10th December 2022 and 24th November 2023. Factors considered within the shortlist’s selection include popularity, the scale and innovation of new content, commercial success and cultural impact.
EE Players’ Choice Award Jury Panel
1. Des Gayle, Deputy Chair of the BAFTA Games committee
2. Aaron Potter, Gaming Content Creator at Daily Mirror
3. Ali Plumb, Host and Presenter at BBC Radio 1
4. Elle Osili-Wood, TV Presenter and Broadcaster
5. Keza Macdonald, Video Games Editor at The Guardian
6. Sam Loveridge, Global Editor-In-Chief at GamesRadar
7. Vicky Jessop, Commissioning Editor and Culture Writer at Evening Standard
8. Blueyed Beth, Content Creator
9. Elz The Witch, Presenter
10. Leahviathan, Content Creator
11. Marcus Bronzy, Content Creator
12. Yinsu, Content Creator
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