BAFTA to Honor 'Fortnite' Creator Epic Games at E3

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Company CEO and founder Tim Sweeney will accept the award on behalf of the company.

Epic Games, the Cary, N.C.-based game developer behind Fortnite, will be honored by BAFTA with a special award at this year's E3 convention in Los Angeles for its "pioneering" work in the games industry. Epic Games CEO and founder Tim Sweeney will accept the award at an event at The London West Hollywood hotel June 12.

In addition to developing Fortnite, Epic Games is responsible for the Unreal Engine, one of the most widely used gaming engines used in the industry, including during development of BAFTA Games Awards-winning titles such as Mass Effect and BioShock.

“All of us at Epic Games are honored that BAFTA has awarded Unreal Engine for excellence in technology, and we share this recognition with our partners and the creative community,” said Sweeney.

"Epic is at the forefront of the evolution of the global games industry and the impact of their innovation is undeniable," Dr. Jo Twist, chair of BAFTA’s games committee, said.

Sweeney and Epic are not the first game makers to receive a special honor from BAFTA. Veteran video game voice actor Nolan North, Riot Games' Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, game designer Brenda Romero, Uncharted writer Amy Hennig and Minecraft creator Markus Persson have all received awards from the organization.

BAFTA has increasingly made an effort to establish its presence in the gaming space in recent years. The organization launched its BAFTA Games Awards ceremony in 2004 and has held the event honoring the best in gaming annually in London.