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BAFTA Games Awards show to go digital with online live stream

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BAFTA Games Awards 2020 is going digital with an online live stream in lieu of its usual red carpet event. 

Set to broadcast globally on April 2, the decision to change the format has been taken in response to the "growing concerns over the spread of coronavirus", and the fact that several of the nominees would have to travel from overseas. BAFTA released a statement in a press release shedding more light on the change of format for the awards show: 

"Amid growing concerns over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the number of nominees due to travel from overseas, we have made the decision to change the format of next month’s BAFTA Games Awards from a red carpet ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London to an online live stream, which will broadcast globally on the same day as scheduled (Thursday 2 April).

The health and wellbeing of our guests and our staff remain our top priority, so there will be no live audience and we are now in the process of informing all our nominees, guests, partners and suppliers of the change. The new format will include the announcement of the Games Awards winners and we look forward to sharing more updates in the coming weeks." 

The BAFTA Games Awards 2020 show celebrates the best video games of the past year, with the likes of Control and Death Stranding getting 11 nominations each. Hideo Kojima is also set to be awarded the highest individual honour with the BAFTA fellowship award.  

The awards show isn't the first to go digital amid concerns surrounding COVID-19. After it was announced that E3 2020 is officially cancelled this year, Xbox and Ubisoft have committed to digital events, and other publishers appear to be following suit. Both Nintendo and Square Enix are considering alternative ways to engage with fans. 

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Heather Wald
Heather Wald

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.