BAFTA game awards finds new home


LONDON -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts said Thursday that this year's 2007 British Academy Video Games Awards will be held at a new venue in October.

The awards, scheduled for Oct. 23, will take place at Battersea Evolution in London.

"In a very short space of time, an Academy Video Games Award -- which recognizes excellence in the fastest-growing form of entertainment -- has become the most coveted in the industry," Academy Games committee chair Paul Jackson said.

British Academy chairman Hilary Bevan Jones added: "The art form of the video game has truly come of age, and the Academy could not be prouder to recognize its creative and technical practitioners."

Last year's awards were attended by nearly 700 guests, a key reason for seeking out a larger venue. London's exciting new event space in the heart of picturesque Battersea Park can accommodate more than 2,000 guests and is five minutes from Victoria.

Said Anne-Marie Flynn, BAFTA's head of awards: "We needed to find somewhere which gave us room to expand, because the Academy's long-term commitment is to make these awards the global kitemark of games excellence."