London, 6 June 2018: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced the finalists in a nationwide competition to find the game designers of the future, and the teachers and mentors who inspire them.
This year 40 games, from 60 finalists aged 10-18, will be vying for the Game Concept Award which recognizes a paper-based written game idea, and the Game Making Award for those who have developed their coding skills and have submitted a prototype game made using freely available software. The finalists worked on their entries in a variety of ways, including individually, within a team at school or their coding club, or even at home with their siblings.
The BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) competition gives young people the chance to design and create their own game. The annual initiative, which began in 2010, was designed to demonstrate the creativity that goes in to game design, and to give young people, and their teachers, a clearer understanding of the many rewarding careers to be had within the industry.
Previous entrants have gone on to attract commercial interest, as well as a nomination at the British Academy Games Awards, BAFTA’s flagship ceremony for the games industry.
The winners of both strands, in 10-14 and 15-18 age ranges, will receive a host of prizes, including: games, hardware, software licenses, tours of games studios and a mentor from the games industry to help them develop their skills further. A prototype of their game will also be created by a team of developers.
The young finalists come from across England, Scotland and Wales and 40% of the finalists this year are female. The successful entrants include several who made it to previous finals and have entered new games hoping to triumph this time around.
Five educators are in the running for the YGD Mentor Award, which is presented to an individual, nominated by the public, involved in the education of young game designers. The winner in this category will be announced at the Awards ceremony in July. The Mentor Award finalists come from schools, colleges and code clubs across the UK.
The winners, chosen by a panel of games professionals, will be revealed at a special awards ceremony at BAFTA’s headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London, on Saturday 7July.
To see the full list our young finalists and mentors go to Ygd.bafta.org.