Realtime Worlds Lead Europe With BAFTA Double Win
Wednesday, 24th October 2007 at 10:34 am
24th October 2007
Realtime Worlds won two BAFTA's for 'Action and Adventure' and 'Use of Audio' at the gaming industry BAFTAs in London on Tuesday 23rd October, making it the most successful European studio at the ceremony.
The company received no less than five nominations for the British Academy Video Games Awards, for its critically-acclaimed title Crackdown, which was released in February this year exclusively on Xbox 360. The nominations were for: Action and Adventure, Gameplay, Multiplayer, Technical Achievement, and Use of Audio.
Crackdown's Producer, Phil Wilson, said: "We were over the moon at being nominated at all, never mind being up for as many as five. BAFTA's are awards that are recognised and respected both outside the games industry and internationally, so we're incredibly proud that everyone's hard work has resulted in not just one but two of the prestgious gold masks..
RTW Studio Manager, Colin Macdonald, explained "Any creative industry is tough, and Crackdown was a massive undertaking for us - taking a team of 70 talented and exceptionally hard-working individuals to pull it off, but it's amazing that Crackdown's achievements have been recognised - both by the game-playing public, and now by the BAFTA committee."
Realtime Worlds and Crackdown had already had high-profile award success this year, in the Develop Industry Excellence Awards the company was nominated in a record-breaking seven categories, and took home the awards for Innovation and New UK/European Studio. In addition, RTW Chairman Ian Hetherington was crowned Development Legend.
About Realtime Worlds
Realtime Worlds, founded in 2002, is one of the biggest, and most successful, independent developers in Europe - established by CEO and Creative Director David Jones. With an exceptionally talented staff of 170, its talented team have a tremendous history of creating some of the world's best selling video games, including the global hit franchises 'Lemmings' and 'Grand Theft Auto'. In addition to its Dundee development
headquarters, RTW has subsidiary offices in Seoul, South Korea, and in Colorado, United States. In 2006, RTW received a US$31 million investment from New Enterprise Associates (NEA), one of the world's
leading venture capital firms. This investment enables RTW to build new
industry-leading video game franchises and recruit top programming and game development talent from around the world.
In an exclusive partnership with Microsoft Game Studios, RTW launched its first title, Crackdown, on Xbox 360 in early 2007. It broke records for demo downloads, sold 1.5 million copies, and also picked up multiple awards including prestigious Develop Industry Excellence awards and
RTW is currently working on All Points Bulletin, a massively multiplayer online game being created in partnership with Korean online games giant Webzen, due out in 2008.
RTW is always looking for more talented people to join its teams, and believe its job opportunities are unique - its long term financial stability, exciting AAA projects, generous benefits, and sensible development practices contribute to incredibly low staff turnover.
For additional information, visit www.realtimeworlds.com
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