The decision of the Writers Guild of America not to include a category for video games in the 2020 awards ceremony will not fail to generate controversy, due to the too-small number of screenwriters who are members of the same WGA.
The first rumors about it had already arrived yesterday, when on Twitter the writer Mary Kenney working under Insomniac, had anticipated it on Twitter, defining it as “a step forward and seven steps backward” for the videogame industry.
The confirmation came in the day, with a statement from the WGA: “There will not be a Videogame Writing Award in 2020; however, the category will be restored when there will be a critical mass of video games covered by the WGA, in order to carry out a process most significant selection “.
The video game category was present in the awards at least since 2008, when it won Dead Head Fred on PSP. Last year there were names like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Batman: The Enemy Within, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Pillars of Eternity 2 and God of War, who eventually won the WGA 2019 for best screenplay in a videogame.
What do you think of the situation? Do you think it is right to suspend the prize to avoid rewarding the same winners almost always, or is it anyway a recognition that the world of videogames should by now have deserved itself in a stable way?
Was just told the WGA suspended their Game Writing award category this year.
One step forward, seven steps back ?
— BloodyMary Kenney☠️? (@maryknews) October 2, 2019