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Filipina Co-Founded Game Studio Wins Big at 2024 BAFTA Games Awards

Sad Owl Studios

Sad Owl Studios, Co-Founded by Filipina game developer Gwen Foster, clinched two prestigious awards at the 2024 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Games Awards for their innovative puzzle game ‘Viewfinder.’

The Scotland-based studio, in partnership with publisher Thunderful Publishing, secured victories in the categories of New Intellectual Property and British Game, marking a significant achievement in the gaming industry.

Success Amidst Stiff Competition

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‘Viewfinder,’ released in July 2023 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Windows platforms, triumphed over formidable contenders in both categories.

In the British Game category, it outshone titles such as Cassette Beasts, Dead Island 2, and Football Manager 2024. Meanwhile, for the New Intellectual Property award, ‘Viewfinder’ emerged victorious against other original titles like Chants of Sennaar and Dave the Diver.

Prior to its BAFTA wins, ‘Viewfinder’ garnered nominations at prominent gaming events, including The Game Awards and the Golden Joystick Awards in 2023. Its success signifies a remarkable achievement not only for Sad Owl Studios but also for the Southeast Asian gaming community.

Gwen Foster’s pivotal role as the business director of Sad Owl Studios underscores the significant contributions of Filipinos to the global gaming landscape. Foster’s previous endeavors, including the Filipino studio Chikon Club and her involvement in bringing games like Among Us to new platforms, further highlight her influence and expertise in the industry.

Viewfinder: A Unique Gaming Experience

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Described as an unconventional puzzle game, ‘Viewfinder’ offers players a novel experience where they utilize photographs to manipulate the game world and progress through various levels. Foster’s creative vision and innovative approach to game design have contributed to the game’s success.

As Sad Owl Studios basks in the glory of their BAFTA victories, the gaming community celebrates the studio’s achievements and eagerly anticipates their future endeavors. Foster’s hunger for success, as evidenced by her playful remarks during the awards ceremony, reflects the passion and dedication driving the studio forward.


The triumph of Sad Owl Studios and ‘Viewfinder’ at the 2024 BAFTA Games Awards serves as a testament to the talent and creativity present within the gaming industry. With Foster’s leadership and the studio’s commitment to innovation, Sad Owl Studios continues to make significant strides in shaping the future of gaming.


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Written by Marjo Piedad

Traveler | Foodie | CONTENT EDITOR
📍Cebu, Philippines
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