An Amersham teenager has won a competition to find the country’s best young video game designers.
Ava Rogerson, 17, won the Game Concept Award 15 to 18 category in BAFTA’s Young Game Designers Competition, in what has been her second consecutive year as a finalist for the contest.
The winners were selected by a jury of industry experts out of a pool of 45 finalists and the results were announced at a livestreamed ceremony on the evening of Thursday, June 22.
Ava’s winning game concept was Bounce Bat, a 2D platformer where players control a flightless bat fighting to get home. The game was praised for both its accessibility to casual players, and for those who like more of a challenge.
Now, as a result of her win, Ava’s game will be displayed at the Science Museum’s Power Up exhibition, alongside some of the most iconic video games of the past 50 years and previous winners of the competition.
The exhibition will open in London on July 27.
BAFTA CEO Jane Millichip said: “I am so impressed by the sheer talent of emerging game creators, some of whom have never displayed their work in public. Our four winning games draw inspiration from the world around us; from the beauty of the British countryside and wildlife to computer circuitry and science.
“BAFTA Young Game Designers is committed to supporting the next generation of gaming talent, and it is a real privilege to offer them the chance to learn from leading industry experts. I look forward to seeing what’s to come from this year’s brilliant finalists and BAFTA recipients.”
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