Last Friday the BAFTA Games Awards were held at the swanky London Hilton, and a delegation from AppyNation were there to cheer on the winners and celebrate the industry’s achievements over the past year.

The awards were hosted by Dara Ó Briain, a comedian with a genuine enthusiasm for games and whose patter was refreshingly free of the old “spotty nerds” stereotypes.

Highlights of the ceremony included Ian Livingstone presenting a special award to Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson, Battlefield 3 taking the GAME People’s Choice award, AppyNation’s own Pete Williamson presenting the Game Innovation award to Media Molecule for LittleBigPlanet 2, and Portal 2 netting three awards including the prestigious Best Game award.

Some blockbuster games (Deus Ex Human Revolution, Uncharted 3 and Modern Warfare 3) went home empty handed in spite of being nominated across several categories, and this was the first time since 2001 where Nintendo weren’t among the winners on the night.

After the gongs had been dished out, the partying began in earnest. Industry luminaries including Ian Livingstone, Gary Penn, Charles Cecil, Jon Hare, David Braben, Notch and the Pickford Brothers rubbed shoulders with celebs including Aaron Staton (L.A. Noire’s Cole Phelps), Ortis Deley, Charlie Higson, Jonathan Ross and Jane Goldman.

Our thanks go out to the AppyNation table (James, Robin, Pete, Barn, Mary, Julie) and our special guests Tim Green, Rob Crossley, Kristan Reed and Graeme Struthers for helping the night go excellently.

Check out our photos of the evening on our facebook gallery.

You can review a list of all the nominees and winners on BAFTA’s site.

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