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BAFTA YGD winners announced

HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of BAFTA, sends message of support as the 2016 Young Game Designers competition winners are announced

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | July 28, 2016 | Events

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the winners of the 2016 BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) competition in association with Nominet Trust, at a prestigious awards ceremony at BAFTA’s headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London. 

The winners include four aspiring game creators aged between 10 and 18, as well as an inspirational teacher. Media Molecule, the makers of the multi-BAFTA-winning puzzle platform games LittleBigPlanet and LittleBigPlanet 2, received the previously announced YGD Hero Award.

BAFTA YGD, now in its sixth year, presents awards in two main categories: The Game Concept Award, for a written idea for a new game; and the Game Making Award, for a game made using computer software.

“The games industry continues to be one of the most successful, creative and fastest growing in the country and I am pleased to see so many young people taking advantage of this exciting opportunity – one which could well launch their careers as the next big thing in British games.” HRH The Duke of Cambridge

The YGD Awards ceremony was hosted by CBBC presenter Ben Shires (Officially Amazing) and games journalist Jane Douglas. Presenting the awards were: BBC Radio 1 presenter Dev Griffin; actress Amy-Leigh Hickman (The Dumping GroundEastEnders); Jo Twist, CEO of Ukie (UK Interactive Entertainment); and games scriptwriter Rhianna Pratchett (Tomb RaiderHeavenly Sword).  

In a message of support to all the young finalists, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of BAFTA, said: “When I met the winners of the 2015 competition, I saw for myself the remarkable game ideas and game-making skills of young people today and I am once again very impressed by the unique ideas of this year’s finalists.

“The games industry continues to be one of the most successful, creative and fastest growing in the country and I am pleased to see so many young people taking advantage of this exciting opportunity – one which could well launch their careers as the next big thing in British games.” 

The Duke also praised the high number of entries which came through schools this year “highlighting the growing enthusiasm by teachers and educators to consider games as an art form and a viable career.”

 

BAFTA YGD winners in 2016:

Game Concept Award (10-14) - Imagibots - Save Eden Green 
Aysheq Hussain (13)
Birmingham 

One day out of the blue, Professor Eden received a telephone call from the Mayor of Eden Green. It was terrible news, there was a massive asteroid on a collision course for the village and apparently there was nothing the government could do to save Eden Green from being obliterated.

Game Concept Award (15-18) - YOU ARE BEING FOLLOWED 
Nic Gordon (18)
Derby

YOU ARE BEING FOLLOWED is a story-driven game, containing puzzle and exploration elements. You control of Emma, a blind woman, driven by paranoia to leave the noise of her home in a bustling metropolis in pursuit of a place of complete silence. 

Game Making Award (10-14) - Apocalypse Alpha 
Charlie Thurston (14)
Forest Row in East Sussex 

The world has been ravaged by a deadly and mysterious infection known as The Judgement, the lucky ones are dead and the minds of survivors are destroyed. Society crumbles and those left with their humanity intact must fight to survive. Throughout the game you must scavenge for supplies and weapons, fight your way through the hordes of Infected and reach the Airbase in one piece. You'll make friends and enemies, but in the end it's every man for himself. 

Game Making Award (15-18) - Spectrum
Daniel Smith (18)
Gateshead in Tyne and Wear 

SPECTRUM is a mind-bending first person puzzler that challenges you to switch colours and manipulate gravity in order to escape a digital labyrinth. You don't know why you're there or what the purpose of the place is. The only way to navigate the chambers is completing increasingly challenging puzzles, the more you overcome, and the more you learn the dark secrets this digital place hides. 

For a full list of the winners and finalists, and to play the games in the Game Making category, go to http://bit.ly/YGDnoms2016 

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