Grads in Games Awards Are Back For 2020 and Submissions Close Soon

Grads in Games is working to bridge the gap between education and industry employment, they need your help to recognise the best of the best.

At one point or another, we’ve all dreamt about breaking into the video game industry. Whether you’re a budding writer or an aspiring character artist, sometimes making that transition from hobbyist to professional can seem impossible. We can but dream.

Grads in Games are a global initiative of professionals who help graduates make the leap from student to professional developer, with actionable advice and guidance. Through their work with studios, universities, and industry outreach, they work to ensure the video game industry is ready for the next generation.

Designed to recognize the work of universities, academics, students, and studios in improving and encouraging graduate employment in the games industry; the Grads in Games Awards are the first of their kind. Every year the team comes into contact with thousands of students, across the UK and Europe, who are looking to break into the sector. Creating awards for those actively developing the future of the industry seemed the next natural step, and we all love a good awards ceremony. From studios with market-leading graduate recruitment strategies to educators going the extra mile to nurture creative flair at an early stage, these awards ensure that these efforts do not go unnoticed.

The awards cover categories such as:

  • Academic Award
  • Educational Institution Award
  • Student Hero Award
  • Core Tech Programmer
  • Technical Artist
  • Student Game Award
  • Industry Collaboration
  • Graduate Employer Award
  • Graduate Impact Award

Whether you’re a student, lecturer or games studio professional, you can now cast your votes at

Nominations will close at midnight on February 20, 2020. Shortlists will be released in March and all finalists will be invited to attend the awards presentation to be held at GamesEd on April 16, 2020. GamesEd20 is a two-day conference produced by the British Games Institute and held at Sheffield Hallam University. The event will bring together leaders from across the gaming, tackling challenges such as employability, diversity, skill diversification, apprenticeships and work placements within the games industry.

A host of exciting speakers has already been announced for the event, including:

  • Aurore Dimopoulos from Unity
  • Dr Paul Parry from Sheffield Hallam University
  • Mike Gamble from Epic Games
  • Emma Smith from Creative Assembly

You can sign up to attend the event here.

Have you nominated your university for the Grads in Games Awards? Are you looking to break into the video game industry? Let us know in the comments below.

*Editor’s Note: The author of this piece, James Bowers, works for Aardvark Swift, parent company of Grads in Games.

James Bowers

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