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BAFTA relaunches scheme for young game designers and coders

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today relaunched its scheme to encourage more young people to pursue careers in the games industry.

© Wlodi (CC BY-SA 2.0). Cropped.

© Wlodi (CC BY-SA 2.0). Cropped.

 

Young Game Designers (YGD) 2014, which was announced today at EGX London at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, is supported by major firms including Criterion Games, Bethesda, SEGA, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, King and Google.

YGD was first launched as a competition for 11 to 16 year-olds in 2010, but now involves a year-round programme of activities for those aged between 10 and 18.

Annika Small, CEO of Nominet Trust, the initiative’s headline partner, said: “Young people are crucial to the future success of the UK’s thriving creative industries.

“It is vital that we nurture their digital creativity and give them a broad range of experiences that will develop their understanding, skills and networks. The direct access to industry experts offered by BAFTA Young Game Designers is an incredible boost to young people looking to develop a career in games design.”

The YGD website has also been relaunched. It features interviews and videos from BAFTA members, award-winners and nominees along with a ‘feedback hub’ where young people can get responses to their ideas from games experts.

The scheme’s competition will open for entries in Spring, featuring additional prizes for mentors inspiring young people to try coding and game design and educators who inspire children to overcome barriers and get into coding.

For more information, see the BAFTA website.


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