Yesterday, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awarded Overwatch for being the “Best Multiplayer Game” from last year.
The same category featured Titanfall 2, Forza Horizon 3, The Division, and Overcooked. While they all are commendable games in their own rights, none have seen the same amount of success and recognition as Overwatch has since its release last year.
“I think the only reason we won this award is because we put a sassy Brit on the cover,” said game director Jeff Kaplan. “I really wish the rest of my team could be here with me today as I accept this award, as I couldn’t do it without them. Multiplayer titles are also somewhat looked down upon in the industry for being multiplayer only, so I hope the thousands of hours being put into games like ours and the other nominees dispels that notion.”
Blizzard’s new team-based vibrant shooter is currently the most trending game out there, boasting a strong passionate community that is over 25 million active players. At this point it is not even surprising to see Overwatch take home an award.
Last month, Overwatch took home four awards at South By South West (SXSW) and two awards at the Game Developers Conference (GDC). In February, it won in another four categories the DICE Awards. Overwatch already has multiple Game of the Year awards from various platforms and publications. It is becoming hard to keep count of them all.
Blizzard is currently busy preparing for the upcoming Overwatch League which is slated to commence in the third quarter. Details revealed so far have confirmed that the league will not feature a drafting system for players. This is to ensure stability and prevent existing teams from being torn apart.
In addition, several new features are being prepared to roll out for the game that are necessary for an enjoyable watching experience. There is also strong consideration to include in-game items, sales of which will be shared with the teams.