2015 BAFTA Young Game Designers competition opens for entries

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BAFTA has begun accepting entries for its 2015 Young Game Designers competition.

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The competition, which launched in 2010, aims to inspire the UK’s game-makers of the future by giving young people the chance to design and make their own game.

BAFTA says that the competition, which was originally just for 11 to 16-year-olds, has this year been expanded to include 10 to 18-year-olds, divided into age-specific sub-groups.

“Entrants – who can be individuals or a team of up to three people – can choose to enter two creative categories: The YGD Game Concept Award, to create a concept for a new game; and the YGD Game Making Award, to make a game using freely available software,” BAFTA says.

“The winners will receive a host of prizes, including further development of their game with industry professionals.

“Two new categories have also been added this year: The YGD Mentor Award, for an inspirational individual involved in the education of young game designers; and the YGD Hero Award, for a games industry professional who supports young game designers. The public can nominate their YGD Mentor, while the YGD Hero will be selected by BAFTA’s Games Committee.”

Entries for the competition close on June 1, and the winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony in July.

Stuart O’Connor