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Best Original Video Game Score

This award recognises outstanding composition for a video game; particular attention will be paid to how well the original music enhances the visual content and gaming experience.

(a) To be eligible the game must have been commercially released in the UK during the calendar year ending 31 December 2018.

(b) The version of the game from original date of release in 2018 should be the version submitted for judging. Later versions on different platforms or extension packs will not be considered.

(c) An MPEG4 or QuickTime MOV file containing a selection of original music cues from the game must be submitted with each entry:

  (i) music must be shown in the context of the visuals as it appeared within the game – audio levels should not be modified in any way.
  (ii) cues can be shown in any order the composer feels best highlights their work across the entire game.
  (iii) there is no limit to the number of cues, but the overall duration must be no longer than 15 minutes and should include a mixture of game play and in-game cinematic. There must be a minimum of 10 minutes of game play included.
  (iv) the showreel must be anonymous. The composer’s name must not appear, only the title of the game.

(d) A retail copy of the video game must also be submitted. If a digital download, a link should be included with the online submission. If a physical release, a copy of the game should be sent to BASCA.

(e) There will be no more than three nominated scores in this category.

(f) There will be one winning score in this category.

(g) BASCA will credit the composer(s) of the original music, responsible for the overall conception, design and execution of the work as a whole. Where the composer created less than 50% of the original music, additional contributors may be considered at the discretion of the relevant Ivor Novello Awards jury.

(h) One hand cast bronze statuette (Ivor Novello Award) will be presented to each winning composer in line with clause (f). Only these composers will be invited on stage to collect their award at the ceremony.

(i)  Any works where there is or appears to be a genuine ownership, authorship or author-share dispute may, at the discretion of the Board of BASCA, be disqualified.

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