Today, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has opened entries for the 10th BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) competition for 10 to 18-year-olds. BAFTA YGD celebrates new games talent and inspires the UK’s future game makers by giving young people the chance to design or make their own game.
Entries are now open and will close on March 11, 2020. They are shortlisted to 40 finalists from across the UK, which will be announced in May. The winners will be announced at a special BAFTA ceremony which will happen in June 2020.
Ever since its launch in 2009, BAFTA YGD’s mission is to highlight the positive impacts of games to young people, their parents, and teachers. It offers information on the careers available within the games industry and gives an opportunity to the next generation of game-makers to showcase their creativity.
The winners get a BAFTA YGD Award, and they also receive further support in developing their game ideas, mentoring from industry professionals and visits to major games studios. The awards ceremony will also offer the opportunity for finalists to showcase their game concepts and prototypes to leading industry figures.
Chair of the BAFTA Games Committee, Jo Twist said: “BAFTA’s YGD competition is a fantastic way for young people to explore the craft of game design and the creativity in the entries makes for an exciting future for British games. By mentoring young talent from all backgrounds and championing the next generation of games makers, YGD is an investment in the future of this industry."
The competition categories are:
- the YGD Game Concept Award for those creating an original concept for a new game. The age categories are 10 to 14-year-olds and 15 to 18-year-olds,
- the YGD Game Making Award for those making a game using the freely available software. The age categories are 10 to 14-year-olds and 15 to 18-year-olds.
Both of these categories are open to kids and teens from 10 to 18 years old, and they can enter either as individuals or with a team of up to three people.
- the YGD Mentor Award, nominated by the public, which rewards an inspiring individual who is involved in the education of young game creators in the UK.
Previous winners of the BAFTA YGD competition have gone on to receive accolades throughout the games industry.
YGD also engages with teachers and provides free educational resources such as an Idea Generator card game, worksheets, lesson plans, and videos, as well as assessing what resources the educational sector needs in order to support career pathways in game design. A new YGD app is launching today at the Ubisoft event, which features a digital version of the Idea Generator card game. The app will launch this week on Google Play.
For more information, visit bafta.org.