Train2Game News Game Dev Heroes award winners

The winners of the inaugural Game Dev Heroes awards have been revealed.

Designed to recognise the talent and hard work of individuals within the game development sector, the Game Dev Heroes are the brainchild of industry veteran Alex Boucher, who also hosted the intimate awards ceremony at Mesmerist, Brighton.

The winners were chosen by a judging panel comprising senior figures from across the industry, namely:

Adam Campbell – Azoomee
Ben Sewell – Launchpad
Caroline Hinds – Creative England
Dana Ramnarine – Rhum
Ed Perkins – Square Enix
Eithne Metcalfe-Bliss – SEGA
Emma Purvey – Outplay
Emma Smith – Creative Assembly
Emma Turner – Outplay Entertainment
Harinder Sangha – SEGA Hardlight
Ian Goodall – Aardvark Swift
Jamie Clarke – Games Jobs Direct
Kish Hirani – Terra Virtual
Lisa Carter – Mimram Media
Marie-Claire Isaaman – Women in Games
Marina Jonsdottir – Wargaming
Nick Dixon – Falmouth Launchpad
Nick Duncombe – Playground Games
Rosemary Buahin – Curve Digital
Simon Iwaniszak – Red Kite Games
Tamsin O’Luanaigh – nDreams
Thad Frogley – Boss Alien
Yvonne Dawes – Frontier Developments

Here we reveal the winners – and some commentary from those who nominated them…

Art & Animation
Anna Hollinrake, Senior Artist, Dream Reality Interactive

“Incredible visual artist and all around good egg. I can’t think of anyone more deserving.”

“Again and again, Anna has pushed the limits of visual story telling for her professional and personal work. Working on projects like Lola and the Giant, Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion and newly announced Arca’s Path, Anna always adds her own personal flair and unique taste to everything she touches.”

“Anna not only has large strength in her work but she also is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and creating healthy work spaces in games.”

Design
Meg Jayanth, Freelance Writer & Narrative Designer

“Meg has helped to completely change the way people view narrative design, opening up a whole new understanding of what can be achieved through great writing in games.”

“Meg is the award-winning lead writer for 80 Days, a game with writing so good it made a Telegraph list of best novels. With projects including Sunless Sea and the highly anticipated Sable, Meg is inspiring a whole generation of writers and narrative designers, showing what can be achievable in games.”

“Meg’s work has had a significant impact in writing for games & has been influential in paving the way for a new wave of great narrative-based games.”

QA
Lesleyann White, Quality Analyst & Support, Failbetter Games

“She’s the definition of hero… She deserves all the recognition in the world for doing her job so well you’d think we have no bugs or problems at all! Hero, hero, hero!!”

“As Failbetter’s first dedicated in-house QA person, Lesleyann immediately created a space for herself and her work that brought an amazing level of thoroughness and quality, streamlining the production structure and creating more effective new processes wherever problems are found.

“Described as a fantastic colleague and an incredibly caring and considerate individual, she’s always ready to do the extra bit to make coming to work a complete joy, inspiring colleagues to keep working to make this industry a welcoming place. Lesleyann has even stepped up with her organisational and team building skills, reviving the studio’s game night and becoming famous for her game-themed fruit platter creations!”

Sound
Sam Hughes, Founder The Sound Architect & Intern at Remedy Entertainment

“Sam [and the team] have massively helped to raise the profile and understanding of games audio in recent years. Sam’s a great ambassador and his work is genuinely appreciated.”

“Sam doesn’t need a great deal of introduction to anyone involved in audio, with his work behind The Sound Architect blog and podcast series already being very familiar across the game audio world. He puts a huge amount of time and effort into his work and is always looking to create more inclusive space for people marginalised by the industry.”

“Sam will often attend events and set up interviews on his own time and funding, all while studying for a PhD at York University and now also working as an intern sound designer at Remedy in Finland.”

Production
Jessica Gaskell, Producer, Sumo Digital

“Her professionalism and attitude towards work inspire me to do my best every day and I can honestly say she is the best boss I have ever had.”

“Although Jess isn’t responsible for creating any of the content that goes into the game or the direction, she’s pivotal in ensuring that all the component pieces get done and come together as a whole. She has in-depth knowledge of her projects, all the component parts, the associated roles and how everything interacts.”

“With an unparalleled work ethic and a sense of selflessness, Jess is described as a catalyst for success, a production powerhouse, and long overdue for the recognition she deserves.”

“On top of that she is a key person in fostering the team’s friendly culture, recognising the value of individuals in their skills but also as people, and her respect towards mental health and health related issue are a breath of fresh air.”

Programming
John Campbell, Technical Director, Triangular Pixels

“[John] is incredible… He is by far the best games developer I have ever worked with and I’m so proud of him.”

“John is always busy behind the scenes creating excellent gameplay that whole studios get the credit for, but John just wants to create games people will love and enjoy. He always wants to make everyone else’s lives better by spending that extra effort to not only make players experience better – but also that of his coworkers with the tools and systems he came up with.”

“He is always helping other developers out on online groups, always sharing his knowledge, and isn’t afraid to be technical in his developer talks. He is always researching new methods and techniques which he could adapt to games development, and thinking out of the box to make some really innovative solutions.”

Marketing & Community
Haley Uyrus, Marketing Manager, Failbetter Games

“Haley works non-stop to create amazing marketing campaigns for Failbetter’s games, been part of the 30under30, and is an all round lovely person who makes anyone feel welcome in the industry.

“I saw Haley do a talk about her marketing for Failbetter Games at Develop Conference last year and how she gives all her marketing and community a distinct voice to fit with the world of their games. Seeing this in action through their highly successful Kickstarter [campaign] made me reach out to her and I found her to be very open and helpful, giving me pointers on how to maximise the marketing for my own game on a limited budget. She is exactly the sort of person the games industry should be holding up as an example.”

“Haley was a key figure in designing the Kickstarter for Sunless Skies, a Kickstarter which reached its £100,000 goal in four hours and went on to raise £360,000 in total. She also stepped up to the plate when the company Marketing Director was absent for maternity leave, keeping the community updated regarding the progress of Sunless Skies, as well as the Fallen London reworks that happened during the same time – it was series of major updates and overhauls to the seven year running browser game, and she ensured all updates were well-communicated (and well-hyped!) to the playerbase.”

Management
Thad Frogley, Technical Director, Boss Alien

“Thad’s contribution to the culture of his studio, the industry’s outreach towards young people of all backgrounds, and the careers of all those who’ve had the pleasure of working with him can’t be overstated.”

“Thad’s management style, focused on mentorship and empowerment, gives everyone on his team a fantastic start in the industry.”

“Thad fights hard to ensure talented graduates or interns that may have struggled to find a personality fit at other studios are given a chance to thrive on his team. Colleagues from previous studios across his career now have whole careers of their own founded on Thad’s belief in their potential, going on to become invaluable team members as a result of Thad’s mentorship.”

Unsung Hero
Bill Donegan, Project Manager, SpecialEffect

“[Bill] is a true unsung hero… whose work has transformed the lives of disabled gamers from all over the world through his R&D work at SpecialEffect.”

“Bill’s imagination, creativity and drive have been at the heart of SpecialEffect’s technical achievements ever since the charity began in 2007. As well as playing a crucial role in the team’s success in creating access solutions for hundreds of severely disabled individuals in the U.K., he has also helped create solutions that have had a global impact, too.”

“He was Project Lead in creating SpecialEffect’s open-source ‘EyeMine’ software, a gaze-controlled interface to Minecraft launched earlier this year. Bill also played a key role in the success of recently launched and globally acclaimed XBox Adaptive Controller, co-ordinating SpecialEffect’s contribution, alongside that of other charity partners, to both its design and development.”

Diversity Champion
Helen Andrzejowska, Director, Ocean Spark Studios

“Helen constantly goes above and beyond to inspire and enthuse girls to consider a career in games.”

“Helen founded Ocean Spark Studios with the aim of increasing the amount of women working within the industry, as she truly believes a balanced workforce is a better workforce. Although the studio is only small, she constantly perseveres to try and make a difference with educational & informative visits across schools & colleges.”

“Helen (and co-director Ellie Brown) regularly host workshops to introduce more girls & young people to games as a career, inspiring them to join a creative and wonderful industry, while also advocating the merits of student startup and indie studios.”

Outstanding Contribution
Mike Simpson, Creative Director, Creative Assembly

“For the last 17 years Mike has been the creative force behind Total War, now the most successful PC games franchise of all time, helping to take Creative Assembly from five to 500 employees as it grew from indie developer to publisher-owned super-studio. Mike has a vast knowledge of the industry, which he uses to support BAFTA, sitting on their Committee.”

Alex Boucher, organiser of the Game Dev Heroes awards said: “A huge congratulations to all the winners and, indeed, the finalists. We’re delighted with how the Game Dev Heroes awards have been received and look forward to taking the event forward in 2019 and beyond.

“And, of course, a big thank you to our sponsors Aardvark Swift, Games Jobs Direct, Square Enix, Launchpad, Mimram Media and Analog.”

To find out more about the Game Dev Heroes Awards, contact Alex@GameDevHeroes.co or visit http://www.gamedevheroes.co

Train2Game News BAFTA Award Winners 2015

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the winners of yesterdays British Academy Games Awards, which celebrated the very best in games of the past year. The ceremony was hosted by Rufus Hound at Tobacco Dock, London E1, where presenters included Rob Beckett, Alex Brooker, Linford Christie OBE, Dynamo, Ian Livingstone CBE, Tim Schafer, Chet Faliszek.

Destiny – the online first-person shooter in which players work together to protect the last safe city on Earth from aliens – won Best Game. This is the fourth win for US games studio Bungie, whose previous wins have all been for games in the popular Halo series.

Monument Valley, the puzzle adventure game, took home two BAFTAs: British Game and Mobile &; Handheld. Daniel Gray, a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, collected his first BAFTA for his work on the game.

The Last of Us: Left Behind, an additional chapter to the BAFTA-winning The Last of Us, won for Story and Performer, making it the second consecutive year in which Ashley Johnson has won a BAFTA for her role as Ellie.

Lumino City, a puzzle adventure game handmade in card and paper, won in the Artistic Achievement category, while Alien: Isolation, the first-person survival horror game, collected the BAFTA for Audio Achievement. Far Cry 4 collected the award for Music, the second win for the series after Far Cry 3 won for Action in 2013.

Skateboarding game OlliOlli fought off strong competition to win the BAFTA for Sport, while League of Legends, a leading title in the burgeoning field of eSports, picked up the award for Persistent Game.

Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna), an atmospheric platformer that explores the vibrant world of Alaska Native cultures, won Debut Game. Minecraft: Console Editions collected the award for Family.

Game Design was awarded to Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, a dynamic action game set within Tolkien’s universe. The BAFTA for Game Innovation was presented to The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, the story-driven detective mystery.

Valiant Hearts, an animated story inspired by letters sent during the first world war, won the BAFTA for Original Property. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, an intricately designed card-battling game, collected the award for Multiplayer.

Showcasing the best in young games development and design talent, Chambara, a game created by a team of student developers from the US, won the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award in association with Dare to be Digital.

The Fellowship was presented to David Braben OBE for his outstanding and exceptional creative contribution to the games industry.

The ceremony was streamed live online at Twitch.tv. BAFTA’s website, http://www.bafta.org , features red carpet highlights, photography and winners’ interviews, as well as dedicated coverage on its social networks including Facebook (/BAFTA), Twitter (@BAFTAGames / #BAFTAGames), and  Tumblr.

BAFTA has a year-round programme of events and initiatives that support the games industry. It includes developer talks, games showcases, debates, scholarships and networking, as well as the flagship Games Lecture by an inspirational practitioner. BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) gives young people and educators unique insights into the games industry and access to the creative minds behind some of their favourite games.

Registration for the British Academy Games Awards in 2016 is now open: http://awards.bafta.org/entry#games

Train2Game News Unity Award Winners 2014

unity-logoUnity Technologies, the creator of Unity, a flexible and high-performance development platform used to make creative and intelligent interactive 3D and 2D experiences, announced the winners of the 2014 Unity Awards at the 2014 Unite Conference in Seattle, WA.

Unity Technologies began the Unity Awards to honor the developers creating the best video games and interactive 3D and 2D applications using the Unity development platform. This year’s winners were chosen by a combined vote between Unity Technologies and the Unity community of developers. The winners are:

Best Student Project – The Rift: U.R.I.D.I.S. by URIDIS Team from ISART Digital
Best 3D Visual Experience – Monument Valley by ustwo
Best 2D Visual Experience – The Bridge by The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild
Best Gameplay – Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft by Blizzard Entertainment
Technical Achievement – Shader Forge by Joachim Holmér
Best VizSim Project – Minto Longbranch Visualization from NVYVE
Best Non-game Project – Art and Skin by Alexx Henry Studios
Community Choice – Monument Valley by ustwo
Golden Cube – Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft by Blizzard Entertainment
The Unity Technologies team was the judges for the awards. In spring 2015, open nominations for the next Unity Awards will begin.

Train2Game News 2014 Develop Award Winners

Develop Awards 2014Games development stars from around the UK and Europe descended upon Brighton tonight to honour the winners of this year’s Develop Industry Excellence Awards.

More than 175 companies attended the event – the biggest attendance yet for these awards. The expanded array of 25 prizes went to 20 different companies, with Rockstar North the big winners of the night.

The Grand Theft Auto developer took home the special Studio of the Year prize – one of five new categories – as well as Visual Arts and In-House Studio. There was an extra gong for the seminal GTA V, with Faceware Technologies bagging the award for Creative Contribution: Visuals thanks to its work on Rockstar’s epic.

The full list of winners can be seen below.

Sony also fared well, with the platform holder and its studios picking up two awards – Publishing Hero and New IP (for Media Molecule’s Tearaway) – as well as the Development Legend award for PS4 lead architect Mark Cerny, as announced earlier in the summer.

There were also a few surprises on the night, most notably the special Services to Video Games prize, which was awarded to Lynne Kilpatrick for her hard work in pushing for the UK video games tax credits.

Other winners included Oculus VR, EA DICE, TT Games, Unity, Team17, Vlambeer, Space Ape Games and Abertay University’s Dare to be Digital.

DEVELOP AWARDS 2014: THE WINNERS

NEW GAMES IP

Tearaway – Media Molecule

USE OF A LICENCE OR IP

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – TT Games

VISUAL ARTS

Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar North

AUDIO ACCOMPLISHMENT

Battlefield 4 – EA DICE

MUSICAL COMPOSITION

‘Noise Pulse’ (from TxK) – Jamie Hamshere

USE OF NARRATIVE

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – Starbreeze Studios

PUBLISHING HERO

SCE Strategic Content

TECHNICAL INNOVATION

Oculus Rift DK2 – Oculus VR

TOOLS – DESIGN & CREATIVITY

Maya LT – Autodesk

TOOLS – PRODUCTION

Perforce – Perforce Software

ENGINE

Unity Engine – Unity Technologies

SERVICE

Player Research

QA & LOCALISATION

Testology

CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION: AUDIO

Stafford Bawler – Monument Valley

CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION: VISUALS

Faceware Technologies – Grand Theft Auto V

RECRUITER

OPM Response

TALENT INVESTMENT

Dare To Be Digital – Abertay University

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Team17

MICRO STUDIO

Vlambeer

INDEPENDENT STUDIO

Bohemia Interactive

IN-HOUSE STUDIO

Rockstar North

NEW STUDIO

Space Ape Games

SPECIAL AWARDS
STUDIO OF THE YEAR

Rockstar North

DEVELOPMENT LEGEND

Mark Cerny

SERVICES TO VIDEO GAMES

Lynne Kilpatrick

Train2Game News: Train2Game Winners Facebook page

For all of those who asked, Train2Game Winners now has it’s own Facebook page! You can follow the page and get updated with all the new students that are updated.

If you want to see what your fellow students have accomplished head over to the Facebook page and give it a like!

The link for the page is here.

Train2Game News: Train2Game Winners spreading

T2G WinnersFollowing the announcement of the Train2Game Winners website, the story was then picked up by Gamasutra and Develop.

The news of how great our students are doing is spreading around the internet which is fantastic news! The more recognition our students get the better.

If you would like to view the captures of the articles you can do below:

Train2Game Winners Launched

The links for the articles are below:

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/pressreleases/208061/Train2Game_Winners_Launched.php

https://www.develop-online.net/press-releases/train2game-winners-launched/0187808

If you would like to be featured on the website you can email your achievements and story to Harrycole@swanpr.co.uk

Train2Game News: Train2Game Winners Launched

T2G WinnersTrain2Game is supporting its students with new website which shows of the achievements of its student body.

The website is a chance to celebrate the achievements of Train2Game students, highlighting the positive work of the people that make up the student community and showing off some of the work it has done. It’s an opportunity for students to describe their achievements in their own words and for Train2Game to show off some of the projects students have been a part of. It’s also a portal for the wider gaming community to see what some of the best and brightest students studying with Train2Game are working on in the games industry.

Follow this link to visit the site http://train2gamewinners.co.uk/