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16 April, 2018 - 18:14 By Tony Quested

Cambridge games developer cleans up in BAFTA awards with Hellblade

Cambridge UK games developer Ninja Theory, which is recruiting heavily in the world-leading technology cluster, won more BAFTA awards than any other company – picking up five awards with its game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.

The game hauled in the awards for Audio Achievement, Artistic Achievement, Best Performer, British Game and Game Beyond Entertainment.

Laura Dilloway, who works for Cambridge games designer Inkle Studios, and a juror for the Artistic Achievement category at the BAFTAs, said Ninja Theory’s multiple triumph reflected the strength of the Cambridge games segment.

She said: “Incredibly, nearly 20 per cent of the UK games industry is based in Cambridge, not to mention the highly lauded educational courses at Rizing Games (based out of Cambridge Regional College) among others. 

“With such a concentration of talent and experience in the area, it is no surprise to see local companies working on everything from mobile to Virtual Reality, challenging the boundaries of games as both an experience and an art form. 

“Ninja Theory's amazing success at the BAFTAs not only highlights an extremely important issue, it also truly shows how relevant, diverse, and applicable games can be as a medium.”

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is a dark fantasy action-adventure game  created by a team of around 20 developers led by writer and director Tameem Antoniades (pictured above).

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