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Baldur’s Gate III Director Reveals What He ‘Wanted To Say’ On Stage At The Game Awards

Baldur’s Gate III took home the gong for Game of the Year at last week’s The Game Awards 2023, but it’s only now that its director has been given the chance to say what he wanted to during the event, as his speech was cut short.

Swen Vincke, the CEO of Larian Studios, showed up in armour at the event and took to the stage to talk for about one minute when accepting the award. However, he was not able to complete his speech before he was told to “wrap it up” by a teleprompter, something which has attracted a lot of criticism for the event as a whole. Host Geoff Keighely agrees that winners were not given enough stage time.

However, taking to Twitter, Vincke has now been able to fully elaborate on his feelings in wake of Baldur’s Gate III’s win at the event. You can read it in full below.

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This has been an incredibly competitive year and you each would have deserved to win this award. I want to thank Geoff Keighley and the people that organized The Game Awards for creating an award show so big that it gets mainstream attention. While 30 secs is a bit short, there’s nothing like the game awards and it’s an incredible achievement.

Over 2000 people are listed in the credits and since I can’t call out everyone, I want to focus on a group of people that don’t always get the credit they deserve.

Team QA, team localisation, team customer support, team operations, team publishing, team play testers, and every other developer at Larian, BG3 wouldn’t exist without you and you all deserve to be very proud of this.

I want to end with a story of a conversation I had a long time ago with a publisher. He told me, luckily for them, games are driven by idealism. He meant it in an exploitative way but he was right. Games are a unique art form, as important as books, music or movies. Many developers, myself included, make games because they love seeing others engage with their creations in a way only games can offer.

They don’t care that much about the money made beyond it being the fuel they need to create new and better games. It’s worth reminding everyone that fuel is but a means, not a goal. Whereto and how we journey are what matter and what we remember.

Thanks you.

Baldur’s Gate III was released for the PC in August and arrived on PS5 the following months. You can read our full review here.

[Source – Swen Vincke on Twitter via VGC]