The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced the winners of the 2017 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, three of whom are female, as well as an inspirational teacher.
BAFTA YGD, which began in 2010, 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 winners, chosen by a jury of industry experts, are:
- Elsie Mae Williams – Game Concept Award (10-14 year-old category)
- Anna Carter – Game Concept Award (15-18 year-old category)
- Spruce Campbell – Game Making Award (10-14 year-old category)
- Emily Mitchell – Game Making Award (15-18 year-old category)
The four award-winning young people will receive a host of prizes, including a mentor from the games industry to help them develop their skills further, tours of leading games studios, game development software, and a prototype of their game created by a team of developers.