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Evesham student finalist in BAFTA Young Games Designers competition

Evesham Editorial 30th Jun, 2017   0

A TALENTED Evesham youngster is among the finalists in a nationwide competition to find the games designers of the future.

Harry Gorrill, 11 from St Egwins CofE Middle School is among three students from Worcestershire to be selected in the Games Concept category of the BAFTA Young Games Designers (YGD) competition.

The winners, chosen by a panel of games professionals, will be revealed at a special awards ceremony at BAFTA’s headquarters in London on Saturday, July 8.

Harry’s game, Scrappy Races, sees the user scouring a scrapyard to make and race the ultimate vehicle, made exclusively from scrap materials.

Gamers can create vehicles ranging from trucks to dragsters and even hot rods.

“I love the way that games design allows you to bring to life any scenario. I wanted to show that even a scrap yard can be made exciting and encourage creativity,” he said.

“To me there is no such thing as a scrapped car, it is the start of a new car waiting to be discovered.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m excited about meeting other young games designers from across the country,”

The BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) competition, in association with Nominet Trust, gives young people the chance to design and create their own game.

The project is now in its sixth year and has seen previous entrants go on to attract commercial interest, as well as a nomination at the British Academy Games Awards, BAFTA’s flagship ceremony for the games industry.

Forty games, made by individuals or teams of young people aged 10-18, will be vying for the Game Concept Award and Game Making Award, which recognise a written game idea, or a game made using computer software respectively.

The winners of both strands, in 10-14 and 15-18 age ranges, will receive a host of prizes, including: a mentor from the games industry to help them develop their skills further, tours of leading games studios, and a prototype of their game created by a team of developers.


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