For the first time, UK consumers were now spending more money on games than films – and the international success of British games like Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider and LittleBigPlanet prompted the introduction of a British Game category to recognise the growing pool of talent here.
The first game to win this category was The Room, a puzzle game by Guildford-based studio Fireproof Games that became the number one-selling game in over 60 countries and spawned three sequels. Another British success story in 2013 was the record-breaking release of Grand Theft Auto V – created by Edinburgh studio Rockstar North. It became the fastest-selling video game of all time and picked up the BAFTAs for British Game and Game Design the following year.
Image: The inaugural winner of the best British Game award, The Room, in 2013 (Fireproof Games)