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BAFTA Young Game Designer finalists announced

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts reveals the finalists in their sixth annual BAFTA Young Game Designers competition.

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts reveals the finalists in their sixth annual BAFTA Young Game Designers competition.

The finalists have been chosen by a jury of industry experts and the winners will be revealed at a special awards ceremony held at BAFTA’s headquarters, in London on Saturday 23 July, 2016.

The BAFTA Young Game Designers competition is a nation-wide game design contest for 10-18 year-olds. Its aim is to inspire young game designers and game-makers by giving them the opportunity to create their own game and develop it with the help of games industry professionals.

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The competition presents two main awards: The Game Concept Award, for entrants who submit a written idea for a new game, and the Game Making Award, for entrants who submit a game they have made. The winners of both strands will receive a host of prizes, including spending time at game studios and receiving further development of their game by industry experts.

Harvey Elliott, Chair of the BAFTA Games Committee, said:

“Each year we are overwhelmed by the calibre of talent identified in this competition, and this year is no exception, with our finalists clearly among the most promising young games designers in the country. We look forward to celebrating their achievements at the ceremony in July.”

A quick look through the finalists reveals some very talented designers in the making. The titles of the games alone are better than most we see day-to-day. A little shout-out to The Ashes Call My NameCapeless Heroes and Stepfish, wonderful stuff.

Game Making Award finalists – aged 10-14

  • Apocalypse Alpha
  • Box Maze
  • Crab Catcher
  • Gravity
  • Illuminate
  • Kyta
  • Medic
  • QuirkArt
  • System Guardian

Game Making Award finalists – aged 15-18

  • Abandoned Mine
  • Capeless Heroes
  • Cell0
  • EVVADE
  • Metal Labyrinth
  • MINUTEMAN
  • Ow
  • Space Drifter
  • Spectrum
  • Stepfish

Game Concept Award finalists – aged 10-14

  • Blast Off!
  • Cross Keys
  • Fluffology
  • G I R L G A N G
  • Ice Cream Avalanche
  • Imagibots
  • Leap frog
  • supernatural cafe
  • The Extra Experiment
  • Tree of Life

Game Concept Award finalists – aged 15-18

  • Antibody
  • Blokwork
  • Fallen Kingdom
  • Last Alive
  • Salt without Pepper
  • Save the Rainforest
  • The Ashes Call My Name
  • Vista
  • Working Stiff
  • YOU ARE BEING FOLLOWED

To find out more – and play the Game Making Award finalists – head over to BAFTA Young Game Designers website.

The BAFTA YGD Awards ceremony takes place on Saturday 23 July at BAFTA in London.

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