Ben DF reaches final of BAFTA Young Game Designer Competition.
The BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) competition gives young people the chance to design and create their own game. The annual initiative, which began in 2010, was designed to demonstrate the creativity that goes in to game design, and to give young people, and their teachers, a clearer understanding of the many rewarding careers to be had within the industry.
There are two categories for entry; the Game Concept Award which recognizes a paper-based written game idea, and the Game Making Award for those who have developed their coding skills and have submitted a prototype game made using freely available software.
Students who entered the competition, which is open to 10-18 year olds, met regularly at lunchtime with the computing department to work on their ideas. 18 year old Ben DF is a finalist in the Game Concept category with his game Down the Well. In the game you play both as an ‘insectoid robot’ and a gravity altering orb.
Previous entrants have gone on to attract commercial interest, as well as a nomination at the British Academy Games Awards, BAFTA’s flagship ceremony for the games industry. We wish Ben the best of luck for the final, which takes place on 7 July at BAFTA in London.
Further details of the finalists for this year’s competition can be found at via the YGD website.