Mobile strategy game Clash Royale has been awarded the 2017 Esports Audience Award at the BAFTA’s, one of Britain’s top award shows. As the award title implies, the winner is decided by audience vote, and the award ultimately went to Clash Royale (via Dot Esports).
According to Dot Esports, BAFTA’s vice president of games, David Gardner, is also one of the investors in Clash Royale developer Supercell, which makes for a potential conflict of interest.
BAFTA first recognized video games and other interactive media at its inaugural BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards ceremony in 1998. In 2006, BAFTA announced the decision to “give video games equal status with film and television,” and games are now a major topic that annually warrant recognition.