The Ivor Novello Awards for songwriters and composers has added a category for video games.

The 55th edition of the awards will include the best original video game score, with a deadline of Feb. 5 for entries.

Scores are eligible for a video game commercially released in the U.K. during the year ending Dec. 31. All entries must have a British or Irish composing contribution of at least one third; other nationalities are eligible if resident in the U.K. during 2009.

"The Ivors has always sought to reflect the ever-changing world of songwriting and composing," said Mark Fishlock, British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) director and member of the Ivors Committee, in a statement.

"The video games market has matured beyond recognition and big budget orchestral scores are regularly being commissioned. Writing music for games also requires a number of specialist skills compared with conventional film scoring, such as non-linear and multi-layered composition. This is a very exciting development and one which hopefully will be fully embraced by the rapidly growing games world."

The awards ceremony, presented by BASCA in association with PRS for Music, will take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on May 20.