Industry veteran John Carmack – co-founder of id Software, currently chief technology officer at Oculus VR – has been named as the 2016 recipient of the BAFTA Fellowship. Awarded each year, the Fellowship is the highest accolade the British Academy of Film and Television Arts hands out, recognising “outstanding and exceptional contribution” to film, games or television.
In previous years, the Fellowship awards has been granted to luminaries including David Braben, Gabe Newell, Peter Molyneux, Shigeru Miyamoto, Nolan Bushnell, Will Wright, and – in 2014 – the whole of Rockstar Games.
This year, the British Academy Games Awards will be held on Thursday, April 7, hosted once more by Dara Ó Briain.
The list of nominees is extensive, with Life is Strange, Rocket League and Arkham Knight bagging five nominations each (including performance of the year for Mark Hamill as the Joker), and both The Witcher 3 and Her Story up for seven awards. The clear favourite though is Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, which is up for nine awards, with ten nominations – both Oliver Dimsdale and Merle Dandridge are potential Best Performers.
If you can’t get to London’s Tobacco Dock, don’t fret – the entire ceremony will be livestreamed on Twitch.