Following the success of last year and in the interest of accessibility, the winners of this year’s BAFTA Young Game Designers competition will be announced in a pre-produced digital show. The BAFTA YGD Ceremony will be streamed on BAFTA’s Kids & Teens YouTube channel, with highlights and clips from the show available to watch on Twitter (@BAFTAGames) and LinkedIn.
Tune in today (Thursday 30 June) at 17.00 BST for the digital ceremony.
This year’s ceremony will be hosted by multi-award nominated actor, comedian and presenter Inel Tomlinson, whose TV and game credits include Horrible Histories on BBC, Love Island's Lloyd the Lovebird, EA's Grid Legends and The Solitaire Conspiracy. Also featured in the event will be voiceover actress Anjali Bhimani (Overwatch, Apex Legends), Jess Hider (Senior Designer at Rare), and Jane Perry, recipient of the Best Performance in a Lead Role award at the 2022 BAFTA Games Awards, among a plethora of other key industry figures, YGD alumni, and this year’s judges, including BAFTA Games Committee Chair Dr. Jo Twist OBE.
As well as announcing the winners in each of the categories (Game Concept 10-14, Game Concept 15-18, Game Making 10-14, Game Making 15-18), whose game will be featured in the prestigious Power UP exhibition at Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum, the ceremony will focus on the meaningful and pertinent themes depicted across this year’s 40 finalist entries. These include mental health and anxiety, climate change, and computer safety.
Official Partners to BAFTA Young Game Designers include: Creative Assembly, Criterion Games, Epic Games, PlayStation, Tencent Games, Ubisoft, Warner Bros.